Gulfstream Park Thoroughbred Transition Program
The Gulfstream Park Thoroughbred Transition Program (GPTTP) was launched by 1/ST RACING in 2020 to assist the owners and trainers at Gulfstream Park and Palm Meadows in finding accredited aftercare for their retiring racehorses. The program is run by Gulfstream’s Aftercare Liaison Raina Gunderson. Funding for GPTTP comes from 1/ST RACING and the Florida Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association.
For more information about retiring a horse through GPTTP, contact Raina Gunderson at (954) 682-1294, or Raina.Gunderson@gulfstreampark.com.
The Owner/Trainer Donating the Horse will:
The Partner Rehabilitation or Retraining Program will:
In order to be eligible for GPTTP, a horse must be registered with The Jockey Club and stabled at Gulfstream Park or Palm Meadows with a trainer who is based at one of those tracks for a minimum of six months annually. Intact males are not eligible, and must be gelded at the owner’s expense. There is no charge to submit a horse to the program, but donations are encouraged.
GPTTP Aftercare Donation Criteria
The Florida Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and 1/ST RACING ensure that GPTTP’s TAA-accredited partners receive a donation to assist in covering the expenses for rehabbing, retraining and rehoming of every horse that passes through the program. These donations are based on several criteria, including the horse’s physical condition, the veterinary recommendation for time off prior to retraining, the prognosis for second career options, and any additional factors that might impact the ability to find an approved adopter, such as stable vices, behavioral issues, or cosmetic flaws that do not affect soundness. Also taken into account are the private donations made by the connections of the horse. Every horse goes with a minimum donation of $1,000. The maximum donation is $4,000, which may be in addition to donations from the horse’s owner and/or trainer, in the most challenging cases. The average FTHA and 1/ST RACING donation per horse is $2,232.