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How to Buy with the 2020 ASPCA Makeover Marketplace

Welcome, shoppers! We are so pleased that you are considering a Thoroughbred Makeover participant for your next partner. In this year's ASPCA Makeover Marketplace, you will find over 30 prospects that have been handpicked by their respective trainers for their soundness, trainability and talent. These trainers have invested the past ten months in these horses, carefully reconditioning them and restarting them for their post-racing careers.

While the unique in-person experience of shopping the ASPCA Makeover Marketplace is not happening this year due to the postponement of the 2020 Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium, presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America, the Marketplace catalog continues to offer quality prospects who are transitioned and restarted for their second careers. Please allow us to offer you some tips to make the most of this catalog!

How does the Marketplace work?

This year, the ASPCA Makeover Marketplace is best described as a listing service by the Retired Racehorse Project. The RRP is not party to any transaction and does not receive any commission; sales are private contracts between buyer and seller. The RRP puts together shopping resources, aiding trainers in the marketing of their horses, hosts the listings, and prints and distributes the hard copy catalog. Contributions from satisfied buyers and sellers, however, are encouraged and appreciated. They are tax-deductible and are used to fund the RRP’s programs to promote and facilitate placement of these horses.

Due to the unique circumstances with the 2020 Thoroughbred Makeover’s postponement to 2021, the horses offered in the 2020 Marketplace are eligible to compete in the 2020 division of the Makeover on October 12-17, 2021 with their new owners. If you are interested in pursuing this option with a 2020 Marketplace graduate, please contact or call  410-798-5140.

Trial Rides and PPEs

Trial rides will be at the seller’s discretion, and sellers are encouraged to screen buyers to facilitate appropriate matches. Buyers should not be offended if they are asked about riding background and goals.

The RRP encourages buyers to invest in pre-purchase exams before purchasing. Keep in mind that it is the veterinarian’s job to evaluate the current condition of the horse, and it is the buyer’s decision whether to purchase the horse.


Sellers will have their own transfer of ownership agreements. All sellers have agreed to include in those agreements the following language or something equivalent:

  1. Buyers agrees to make a reasonable effort to notify Seller when the horse is made available for sale in the future.
  2. Buyer will not knowingly sell the horse to a “kill buyer” or allow the horse to be sold at public auction for less than $1,000.

It should also be noted that any horse in the Marketplace that is being offered by a non-profit aftercare organization may require an additional adoption approval process.

A free basic bill of sale is available for download at

Let’s Celebrate!

Tell us about your sale and send us updates! Sales of Makeover horses are a key metric in tracking the RRP’s progress in pursuit of our mission to increase demand for Thoroughbreds and we want to hear from you. Sellers are reminded that it is mandatory to report sales, and buyers are encouraged to share their new horses with us on social media. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at 410-798-5140 or

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Combat Diver, sold at the 2017 Thoroughbred Makeover Marketplace, purchased by Rob Caldwell, MFH of Cedar Knob Hounds. Photo courtesy of Michelle Gomez, Westlight Studios.

Dewey Square, sold at the 2015 Thoroughbred Makeover Marketplace. Owned by Nicholas D'Amore and training with Kate Chadderton.

Howie Gonnado This, sold at the 2017 Thoroughbred Makeover. Competed through Training with Maria Caplan. Photo by High Time Photography

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

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