Information for the Racing Industry


The Retired Racehorse Project’s mission is to increase demand for Thoroughbreds retiring off the track, taking a market-based approach to aftercare.

We created the Thoroughbred Makeover to showcase the trainability and talent of off-track Thoroughbreds. The competition is intended to inspire good trainers to become involved in transitioning these horses to second careers, and the National Symposium serves to educate the people involved in the care, training, and sale of these horses to responsible owners.

Why is this important to the racing industry? Now entering its seventh year, the Makeover has already increased demand for horses that are eligible for the competition. Trainers who have horses that aren’t finding much success at the track have a potential market for these horses among the hundreds of Makeover competitors who are looking for retiring horses every year.


To compete in the 2022 Makeover, a horse must:

  • Be registered with the Jockey Club and tattooed or microchipped.
  • Have raced or had a published work after July 1, 2020.
  • Not have started training for a second career before Dec. 1, 2021.

Market your retiring Thoroughbred:

Attend the 2022 Makeover:

We welcome connections to attend the competition in Lexington to see their former racers compete! The 2022 competition takes place Oct. 12-15 at the Kentucky Horse Park.

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Building Bridges to Second Careers...Increasing Demand for Thoroughbreds
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Mailing Address:
3357 Hazelwood Road, Edgewater, MD 21037

 Retired Racehorse Project is a 501(c)3 charitable organization.


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