Who we are

We’re a group of dedicated racing industry professionals providing a safe path to a new career for our thoroughbred stars of the bluegrass state.

Second Stride provides professional rehabilitation, retraining and placement of retired thoroughbred racehorses. The program specializes in giving retired thoroughbreds the proper care and quality training they need to succeed in something new.

Visit our Oldham County, Kentucky farm to learn about Second Stride, and see our amazing adoptable thoroughbreds preparing for new careers. Tours last 1 hour and can be booked by appointment at flexible times and days. For best availability please request tours with as much notice as possible. This is an outdoor walking tour, so dress accordingly. Visitors will leave with a gift from the Bluegrass! To visit our facility and our adoptable horses, contact: info@secondstride.org

Second Stride is proud to have 2014 Kentucky Derby contender, GENERAL A ROD as our newest ambassador! Thank you to Skychai Racing LLCand Hot Pink Stables for trusting us with his care while he is with us. General a Rod started 18 times and amassed a total of $553,177 in earnings with a 5/2/1/ record. Retired in 2016, he spent a few years at stud before coming to Second Stride. General would love to welcome you to the farm for a tour. If you would like to take a tour of our Oldham County, Kentucky farm location and see how Second Stride helps thoroughbreds click the following link. Schedule your visit with our horses and a tour of our farm >>
Adopt a horse
Time to Testify
  • 5 year old thoroughbred gelding
  • Declaration Of War (War Front) out of Lonelily (IRE) by Medaglia D'Oro
  • Bred in KY
  • 17 hands. He last worked on 4/16/22 and retired with knee chips and arthritis. The chips were removed in 2022.

    He was recently gelded on 8/9/22.

    This giant, hunk of a horse will make someone a very lucky owner. He is so kind and easy on the eyes. He has a lovely way of going but does have some lameness in the joint right now. He will be best suited for a career on the flat.

    Time to Testify walks respectfully with his handler and is easy to work with. He is one that will follow you around and stop when you stop. Just a curious fellow who enjoys companionship.

    He stood well for vet and farrier. He is currently on round pen turnout and we will reassess his movement at the beginning of September.

    Ride eval pending

  • 9 year old thoroughbred mare
  • Majesticperfection (Harlan's Holiday) out of More D'Amour by Tour D'Or
  • Bred in OH
  • 15.3hands. She last raced in 2016 and was retired to be a broodmare. She has had several foals. She last raced 7/2/16 at Penn National. She reportedly retired sound. Our vet found no issues on exam.

    Talkaholic gets her name honestly. She likes to talk to everyone on the farm and lets everyone know she has been released in the field! She gets along well with other mares and settles down quickly to graze. She walks nicely on a lead rope and was a pro standing for the vet and farrier. She likes to keep her eyes open and ears up while being worked with but does not react other than saying hello.

    She moves soundly in the field and will be suitable for any discipline to her full athletic ability.



Lilac Lady
  • 4 year old thoroughbred filly
  • Java's War (War Pass) out of Learn the Lingo by Alphabet Soup
  • Bred in CA
  • 16 hands. She retired with OCD’s in her right hock. She has several published works but no races. She last worked at Woodbine on 6/20/21. She has been riding around her connections farm the last few months and is currently sound.

    Lilac is an energetic filly with a fun, kind personality. She is settling into farm life and taking things in stride. A beautiful filly, she will be most suited for the flat or trails.

    She is currently turned out with 2 other mares and gets along fine. She keeps to herself and frolics around the field. She is a beautiful mover.

    She will be best suited for an intermediate to advanced rider at this time. Beginner riders must have a trainer that can help bring her along.

    She stood well for our vet and farrier.



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