Our Mission

Second Stride’s mission is to provide professional rehabilitation, retraining and placement of retired thoroughbred racehorses with qualified adopters.

We specialize in giving transitioning thoroughbreds the proper care and quality training they need to succeed in something new. 

Since our founding in 2005, we have placed over 1,700 retired thoroughbred racehorses and other thoroughbreds in need with qualified adopters around the country.




Second Stride is proud to have 2014 Kentucky Derby contender, General A Rod as our ambassador! He would love to welcome you to our Oldham County, Kentucky farm for a tour.
Adopt a horse
  • 5 year old thoroughbred gelding
  • Arrogate (Unbridled's Song) out of Shh She's Ours by Tiz Wonderful
  • Bred in KY
  • 16.3 he last worked 3/30/24 and retired with a right front, non-displaced lateral condylar fracture (fetlock). He is currently hand walking. In early June he can be turned out to a round pen for 30 days. By late summer, he can start slowly start back to work if sound. He should be suitable for any discipline once sound.

    Surrogate is a very sweet gelding that will melt your heart upon first meeting. He is very kind and willing. He walks nicely on a lead rope and respects his handlers. He loves to be groomed, especially on the neck, and appreciates a nice hug.

    He is quiet in his stall and doesn’t bother his neighbors.

    Surrogate stands well for the vet and farrier.

    Ride eval pending.

Billy’s Empire
  • 4 year old thoroughbred gelding
  • Empire Maker (Unbridled) out of Prall Street by Cherokee Run
  • Bred in KY
  • 15.3 hands. He last raced on 4/5/24 and retired with no interest in racing. We were not told of any injuries.

    Billy is a good boy with a kind personality. He is a little guy with a bit of spunk. He settled in quickly to farm life and is enjoying the lazy days of retirement. He is respectful of his handlers and walks nicely on a lead rope. He keeps quiet in his stall and doesn’t bother his neighbors.

    He stood well for the vet and farrier and enjoys being groomed. 

    He is a cribber.

    Billy should be suitable for any discipline.

Stormy Pattern
  • 5 year old thoroughbred gelding
  • Gone Astray (Dixie Union) out of From Top To Bottom by Hard Spun
  • Bred in FL
  •  16.3 hands. He last raced on 3/17/24 and retired with swelling and arthritis in his left front fetlock. He is currently on round pen turnout. He could go in a 1/2 acre paddock if he stays quiet. He will need small paddock turnout through September 2024. He will then need to have another ultrasound to check healing.

    He was castrated on 5/6/24.

    Stormy is well behaved and respectful of his handlers. He walks nicely to the round pen and stall and is quiet while out. He doesn’t bother his neighbors and enjoys looking out his stall door to see what is going on around the farm.

    A nice horse to bring along and learn together with.

    Ride eval pending.


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