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New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program is currently organizing its 22nd Annual Stallion Auction to be held through OnGait.com Feb 4-6, 2020. The program annually offers hundreds of former harness racing horses a safety-net through rehabilitation, retraining, and placement in carefully screened and monitored homes. New Vocations embraces racing and the excitement and joy of racehorse ownership. At the conclusion of a horse's racing career, New Vocations stands ready to assist with its aftercare needs. "We rehabilitate the horses, break them to ride and care for them until a qualified adopter can be found," said Executive Director Dot Morgan. "Then we educate the adopters on the characteristics of racehorses, answer myriads of questions, encourage them through problems and offer training guidelines. New Vocations adoptees can be returned at any time, for any reason during their life." The stallion auction is New Vocations' biggest fundraiser of the year and a perfect opportunity for stallion owners to show their support of aftercare. Generating dollars is the ultimate goal, so if you don't have a breeding to donate, please consider a year-end contribution. New Vocations is a 501 (c) 3 charity; donations are tax-deductible to the extent of the law. For information about the stallion auction or donating a horse, email dot@horseadoption.com or call (937) 947-4020. Donations can be made through the website at www.NewVocations.org or mailed to New Vocations 3293 Wright Rd. Laura, OH 45337. To maximize advertising, breedings need to be received by January 1; however, breedings will be accepted right up until the auction Feb 4 and throughout the spring. Dot Morgan Executive Director New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program

"Harness racing champions racing for yesterday's stars is what the Breeders Crown pledge is all about." stated Winnie Morgan Nemeth, the Standardbred Program Director for New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program. Trainers and owners have the opportunity to give back to Standardbreds retiring from the track by joining the Breeders Crown pledge. In 2018 this pledge raised over $12,000 for our program and allowed us to care for and transition over 100 Standardbreds into new homes. "This is an easy and effective way for racing connections to get involved and make a difference by giving back to the horses beyond the track," Nemeth said. "It is a positive way to show that harness racing does care about its retirees." New Vocations is a 501 (3) charity that focuses on rehabilitating, retraining and rehoming Standardbreds and Thoroughbreds leaving the track. Since its inception in 1992, New Vocations has placed over 7,000 retired racehorses into new homes. Connections can pledge to donate a small percentage of their horses' earnings in the upcoming Breeders Crown to support New Vocations' mission. To make a pledge, contact Winnie Morgan Nemeth 734-320-7918 or winnie@horseadoption.com or visit us online and pledge: newvocations.org/breeders-crown-pledge by Dot Morgan, for New Vocations  

Dot Morgan, executive director and facilities manager of the New Vocations racehorse adoption program, will be honored as the 2019 Lady Pace Honoree by the Delaware County Fair. A multitalented horsewoman, Morgan started the New Vocations racehorse adoption program in 1992 from her base in Laura, Ohio, and continues to this day as overseer of the organization's Standardbred division. New Vocations takes racehorses that are no longer competitive on the racetrack and helps them find a "new vocation," a second career, through its equine adoption program. More than 150 Standardbreds pass through New Vocations every year. As chief administrator, Morgan visits major equine events, produces newsletters and promotional/educational materials, and aids the group's finances with stallion auctions and the Pre-Jug Gala Benefit during Little Brown Jug week. She was a director of the Ohio Harness Horseman's Association for 17 years and an eight year trustee of the Christian Harness Horseman's Association. She was honored by the United States Harness Writers Association with their LeeAnne Pooler Unsung Hero Award in 2013. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association honored Morgan with the Rambling Willie Award in 2015. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

The Champions Center in Springfield Ohio was abuzz with talk of Uncle Peters Love Aug 27 for the opening of the two day summer sale. The two-year-old trotting filly was coming off her 3rd win in the Ohio Sires Stakes, and the new owners could enter her the next morning in the $300,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championship. Consigned by Spring Haven Farm for Erv Miller Stable, the classy bay daughter of Uncle Peter had already earned $65,144 and just won a Sires Stakes leg last week from post nine at Scioto Downs. Bidding was spirited, but trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr prevailed for owners Carl T Howard and Joyce Ann McClelland at $95,000. Uncle Peters Love drew post four and is the morning line co-favorite in the eight horse Championship on Sunday at Northfield Park. Burke Racing Stable brought a nice consignment that included the very consistent Open pacer Winwood Mac that was purchased by Adam Short of Ohio for $38,000 and the 3-year-old conditioned claiming filly, Twinsburg,that sold to Nick Sodarao of NY for $29,000. Another competitive conditioned claiming filly, Mary Goodnight, from the William DeLong consignment was purchased for $35,000 by Mike Dimmers of Ontario. Tuesday's black type yearling session was topped by the Always A Virgin filly Angels Touch at $27,000. Burke Racing Stable purchased the beautiful dark Indiana bred from the Bold Bidder Farm consignment. Another Indiana bred filly, Fear The Heat by Whom Shall I Fear, was purchased by Ira Steinberg of IL for $21,000 from the Winterwood Farm consignment. Smooth Racer from the first crop of Racing Hill was purchased for $20,000 by Kelly O'Donnell from Spring Haven Farm's consignment for Emerald Highlands Farm. This was the strongest Blooded Horse Summer Sale in its 64-year history with a lot of satisfied sellers and optimistic buyers. "The racehorse market is on fire and that also drives demand for breeding stock and yearlings," said sale manager Jerry Haws. "People love to come to a horse sale, and consignors were well rewarded for bringing their horses. We continue to be real pleased with the new location, too. The stalls are safe and bright; the facility is accommodating and easily accessible." For complete sale results and information on the Fall Blooded Horse Sale Nov 19-21, visit www.bloodedhorse.com Entries for the black type yearling session Tues. Nov. 19, close Oct 1. by Dot Morgan, for the Blooded Horse Sale

Auction items and table sponsors are needed for the annual Pre-Jug Party and Charity Auction held Wednesday September 18, at the Delaware County Fair.   The proceeds go to rehab, retrain and rehome retired Standardbreds and the Delaware County Fair. This gala event is held in the Hospitality Pavilion in the first turn following the Jugette card.   Attendees will enjoy gourmet hor d’oheurves, an open bar, live music and shopping the charity auction which is also held online.   “We’re asking owners, breeders, trainers, drivers, racetracks and those that benefit from racing, to please support this important fundraiser,” said New Vocations Executive Director Dot Morgan.   “Vacations, experiences, equine services, entertainment tickets, jewelry, memorabilia and tack, as well as home and barn accessories, are being sought to help make this event a success.”   Table Sponsors are also needed and a good option in lieu of merchandise or services. Show your support by sponsoring a table in your name, your stable, your farm, or the name of a favorite horse.   Seating is Open but signs on the tables recognize the sponsors.   Sponsor a table for $400 and receive tickets for six people; co- sponsors for $200 receive two tickets.   “New Vocations is totally dependent on donations to rehabilitate, retrain, and rehome hundreds of retired racehorses each year,” said Executive Director Dot Morgan.   “Participating in this event is a fun and easy way to give back to the horses we all love.”   For more details contact Dot Morgan at (937) 947-4020, dot@horseadoption.com or Winnie Nemeth at (734) 320-7918, winnie@horseadoption.com.   Register to bid and purchase table sponsorships at http://one.bidpal.net/prejugparty     Dot Morgan Executive Director New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program

The 63rd Annual Blooded Horse Summer Sale will offer 131 yearlings on Tuesday August 27, the first day of its 2-day venue at the Champions Center in Springfield, Oh. These include 117 Ohio-breds, 38 Indiana-breds, 7 NY-breds and 10 from PA, NJ, KY, and ON. Four of the yearlings have dual eligibility. In addition, over 450 racehorses, racing prospects and broodmares are being offered. Visit www.bloodedhorse.com to view the yearlings and order a catalogue. by Dot Morgan, for Blooded Horse Sales  

Horsemen flooded to the Champions Center in Springfield, Ohio on May 14, seeking harness racing racehorses and breeding stock among the nearly 400 catalogued horses. The sale was virtually tied with last year as the best Spring Sale in its 56 year history with a lot of happy sellers, and buyers that were grateful to get horses to stock their stables. Burke Racing Stable brought an especially strong consignment that included five of the top ten sellers. Leading the way at $65,000 was consistent Preferred pacer Arthur Pendragon. Mark Wright of Frankfort Kentucky had the winning bid on the handsome son of Dragon Again. Next in line was solid conditioned pacer Cheese Melt fresh off a 1:51.2h win at Northfield Park. Fred Linz of Indiana signed the ticket for the 4-yr-old son of Betterthancheddar for $62,000. Other heavy hitters in the Burke consignment were conditioned pacers Reagans Avenger and Aleppo Hanover purchased by Rick Bucci for $42,000 and $32,000 respectively along with Fordham Sixty Two who was picked up for $35,000 by Allard Racing. The consistent young trotter Lion King AS from the Ruddick Stables also went to Allard Racing on a $37,000 bid. A potential story in the making was the purchase of Indiana Sires Stakes eligible Mr Bigly by 15-yr-old Breana Carsey (of Ohio Champion MJB Gotta Have Faith fame) and her dad Brian for $47,000. The precocious son of Always A Virgin came from the very nice Emerald Highlands Farm consignment that also featured the competitive 4-yr-old conditioned mare McPansy purchased by A Piece of Racing for $40,000. The Summer Blooded Horse Sale will be held Tuesday and Wednesday Aug. 27-28. This sale includes a black type yearling session in addition to several hundred racehorses. The black type yearling session closes July 1. Mixed entries will be taken until full. Visit www.bloodedhorse.com to enter or order a catalogue.   Dot Morgan

Entries for the Blooded Horse Spring Sale will be taken through Thursday morning April 18; supplemental entries will be accepted after that.  Don’t miss this opportunity to take advantage of the strong demand for racehorses, green prospects, yearlings, and broodmares. Nice consignments have already been received from Anthony MacDonald, Ron Burke and Spring Haven Farm with Emerald Highlands expected to bring some blue blooded stock, as well. Held Tuesday May 14 at the Champions Center in Springfield Ohio, the sale is a timely venue to both market and restock. Don’t be shut out! Visit www.bloodedhorse.com to enter or call (859) 858-4415. Please direct any questions to jhaws@bloodedhorse.com   Dot Morgan

The annual Blooded Horse Winter Sale held Feb 12, at the Champions Center in Springfield, Ohio, was the strongest in its 56 year history. It was standing room only as owners, trainers and breeders flooded the pavilion to restock stables and acquire broodmares. "People love coming to a sale to actually see and touch the horses they want to buy," said sale manager Jerry Haws. "It may take a bit more time and resources, but the dividends far outweigh the cost. Bringing horses to a packed venue of eager buyers is a tremendous marketing tool. Consignors, for the most part, were quite pleased." The sale topper was the Muscle Hill 5-year-old trotter Southwind Cobra who was purchased by Loren Yoder of Iowa for stallion duties for $54,000. Consigned by Windy Ridge Farm, the Grand Circuit winner sported a record of 2,1:53.3 and earnings of $236,834. Runner up honors went to the highly competitive 4-yr old pacer Gerardo, a winner of $104,000 last year. Consigned by Doug Dunbar of Ontario, the son of Rockin Image was bought near the end of the sale by Kayne Kauffman for $50,000. Dunbar also signed the ticket for the solid conditioned pacing mare Big Lis for $35,000, one of 29 that Canadian buyers took home. Of those, six were purchased by Brian Doyle for export to Ireland, including the lovely Art Major broodmare Miri for $17,000. The Burke Racing Stable consignment included a pair of fancy trotting fillies that got breeders' attention. Winterwood Farm acting as agent had the final bid on Pink Fringes, a daughter of Uncle Peter from the family of B Cor Pete 9,1:53.2 ($893,076) and Tall Cotton 8,1:51.3f ($871,621) for $26,000, and Dublin Valley Farm secured Pat On The Back, a Donato Hanover daughter of Buck I St Pat 7,1:51 ($2,320,637) for $15,000. The always popular Spring Haven Farm consignment offered the fast 5-year-old Somebeachsomewhere mare Mylittlesurfergirl p,4,1:51.3 who was purchased by Gray Thunder II Stable of NY for $18,500, and the attractive 4-year-old trotting gelding Fan The Flames that Brandon Presto acquired for $19,000 to race at The Meadows. For complete sale results visit bloodedhorse.com. The next sale is May 14 and it's an exceptionally strong market for racehorses. Entries close April 22. Any questions should be directed to jhaws@bloodedhorse.com by Dot Morgan, for the Blooded Horse Sale      

Harness racing stallion breedings to Kadabra, Always A Virgin, Andover Hall, Racing Hill, Muscles Yankee and Conway Hall are among the 75+ offered in New Vocations Stallion Auction that also includes the recent additions of All Bets Off and Boston Red Rocks along with four Michigan stallions. The auction is currently in progress at https://ongait.com/s/newvocationsauction and will end at 2:00 pm Thursday Feb 7. The auction is held in an open-ended-format that allows for bidding up to two minutes after the last bid on breedings with high activity at the 2:00 pm cut off. All proceeds go to rehab, retrain, and rehome Standardbreds retiring from the track. For more information call (937) 947-4020 or email dot@horseadoption.com by Dot Morgan, for New Vocations          

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program is currently organizing its 21st Annual Stallion Auction to be held through OnGait.com Feb 5-7, 2019. The program annually offers hundreds of former harness racing racehorses a safety net through rehabilitation, retraining, and placement in carefully screened and monitored homes. New Vocations embraces racing and the excitement and joy of racehorse ownership. At the conclusion of a horse's racing career, New Vocations stands ready to assist with its aftercare needs. "We rehabilitate the horses, break them to ride and care for them until a qualified adopter can be found," said Executive Director Dot Morgan. "Then we educate the adopters on the characteristics of racehorses, answer myriads of questions, encourage them through problems and offer training guidelines. New Vocations adoptees can be returned at any time, for any reason during their life." The stallion auction is New Vocations' biggest fundraiser of the year and a perfect opportunity for stallion owners to show their support of aftercare. Generating dollars is the ultimate goal, so if you don't have a breeding to donate, please consider a year-end contribution. New Vocations is a 501 (c) 3 charity; donations are tax-deductible to the extent of the law. For information about the stallion auction or donating a horse, email dot@horseadoption.com or call (937) 947-4020. Donations can be made through the website at www.NewVocations.org or mailed to New Vocations 3293 Wright Rd. Laura, OH 45337. To maximize advertising, breedings need to be received by January 1; however, breedings will be accepted right up until the auction Feb 5. Dot Morgan Executive Director New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program

The 71st Annual Fall Blooded Horse Sale, held November 13-15, at the Champions Center in Springfield, Ohio, witnessed its highest average in the history of its fall edition.  The sale was topped by former Ohio 2-Year-Old Filly Pacer of the Year Berazzled at $76,000.  The daughter of Charley Barley, now an Open Pacer, earned over $90,000 this year en route to lifetime earnings of nearly $400,000. Consigned by Marion Beachy and Kerry O’Keefe to dissolve the partnership, Beachy prevailed against serious bidders throughout the pavilion to keep the beautiful black mare. As usual, Spring Haven Farm was agent for a strong consignment of racehorses and had the second highest seller in Dragonology at $54,000. The Ohio Sires Stakes competitor and consolation winner, trained by Ron Burke, was purchased by Dynasty Racing of Michigan. Spring Haven (agent) also offered Rock N Jo Z, a classy $30,000 conditioned claimer from the Brian Brown Stable. He was purchased by Ed Dobrowolski of MI for $40,000. The tall, handsome, Indiana-bred trotting gelding Mystical Motor attracted a lot of attention, with Bruce Soulsby getting the nod at $35,000. Trained by Sally Gilbert and consigned by Move On Stable, the son of Swan For All was a consistent performer in the conditioned classes at Hoosier Park. The yearling session on the first day yielded plenty of fireworks with Boundless Dragon lighting up the board at $52,000. Consigned by Bruce Trogdon's Emerald Highlands Farm, Trogdon bought out his partners on the stunning, dark daughter of Dragon Again. The handsome Somebeachsomewhere colt Gingras Beach, also consigned by Emerald Highlands Farm, created quite the stir at the sale and on social media with his being named after the illustrious driver Yannick Gingras. Burke Racing Stable, LLC appropriately won the bidding war for the rights to train this popular pacer. Top yearling trotter honors went to the lovely Wishing Stone daughter Laurels Dream at $37,000. Consigned by Spring Haven Farm (agent), the half-sister to winners in excess of $600,000 was purchased by Allen Schmidthorst of Ohio for $37,000. Also of note was a pair of strikingly beautiful yearlings by the exciting first-crop sire Nob Hill High. Consigned by Hunterton Sales Agency, Dr. Lyndsay, named after promising vet student Lyndsay Hagemeyer, and Stanford Court, were both purchased by Brian Brown (agent) for $35,000. Visit www.bloodedhorse.com for complete sale results and to enter horses for the upcoming Winter Mixed Sale scheduled on February 12-13. Questions should be directed to jhaws@bloodedhorse.com by Dot Morgan, for the Blooded Horse Sale

Prominent owners are stepping up to support aftercare by participating in the New Vocations Breeders Crown Pledge. This event asks owners, trainers and drivers of Breeders Crown finalists to pledge a percentage of their earnings or commissions from the championship races Saturday night. No amount is too small. Every dollar goes toward the rehabilitation, retraining and rehoming of Standardbreds leaving the track. So far, Diamond Creek Farm has pledged their exceptional 2-year-old pacing colts Proof and Blood Money, as well as their stellar 3-year-pacing colt Grand Teton and the awesome aged pacing mare Pure Country.  Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi have pledged their ownership interests in the crack 2-year-old pacing fillies St Somewhere and Warrawee Ubeaut, along with the extremely fast 3-year-old pacing filly Double A Mint and the 3-year-old pacing star Dorsoduro Hanover. Howard Taylor has pledged for his interest in the amazing elimination winners Atlanta, Tactical Landing and Shnitzledosomethin. Jim and Joanne King just came on as trainers. "Diamond Creek Farm has always stressed the importance of aftercare for the Standardbred, from our herd of retired mares to our ex-racehorse babysitters,” said farm owner Adam Bowden. “We applaud the efforts of New Vocations, who with the support of others is able to directly contribute to the successful futures of many of these horses.  "The Standardbred is sadly often overlooked as a riding horse. Intelligent and durable, they can be some of the best companions in the ring or on the trail. Diamond Creek believes it is important to promote the versatility of the breed.  We are proud to continue to support New Vocations through this pledge. Through their training and rehoming program, they have been able to educate the public on the attributes of the Standardbred as a riding companion and have provided successful and happy 2nd careers for many deserving animals." New Vocations continues to seek pledges from additional owners, trainers and drivers through Saturday. Any that have not pledged but feel especially blessed following the races are encouraged to consider donating to this important effort. To make a pledge, contact Winnie Morgan Nemeth 734-320-7918 or winnie@horseadoption.com or Dot Morgan 937-947-4020 ordot@horseadoption.com or go to newvocations.org/breeders-crown-pledge. by Dot Morgan, for New Vocations

“Harness racing champions racing for yesterday’s stars is what the Breeders Crown pledge is all about.” stated Winnie Morgan Nemeth the Standardbred Program Director for New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program. Owners, trainers and drivers have the opportunity to give back to Standardbreds retiring from the track by joining the Breeders Crown pledge. In 2017, this pledge raised over $20,000 to help rehab, retrain and rehome Standardbreds. “This is an easy and effective way for Breeders Crown connections to get involved and make a difference by giving back to the horses beyond the track,” Nemeth said. “It is important to show that harness racing does care about its retirees.”  The percentage pledged is totally up to the donor and applied to their percentage of the earnings or commissions. No amount is too small. “There is no overhead with this fundraiser,” Nemeth said, “so every dollar goes to the horses.” To make a pledge, contact Winnie Morgan Nemeth 734-320-7918 or winnie@horseadoption.com or Dot Morgan 937-947-4020 or dot@horseadoption.com or go to newvocations.org/breeders-crown-pledge. by Dot Morgan, for New Vocations

The 71st Annual Blooded Horse Fall Sale is almost to capacity and closing is imminent. The mega-sale held November 13-15 at the Champions Center in Springfield, Ohio will feature over 100 yearlings on opening day in addition to over 200 racehorses. The balance of the sale is composed 2 & 3-year stakes horses, seasoned raceway stock, young green prospects, and an abundance of in-foal mares and weanlings. Buyers from throughout the United States and Canada flock to this last shopping extravaganza of the year. Don't be shut out. Online entries can still be made at www.bloodedhorse.com until stated otherwise. by Dot Morgan, for the Blooded Horse Sale        

The opportunity to lead the post parade for the 1st heat of the Little Brown Jug with Foiled Again has just been added to the Pre-Jug Party Charity Auction Sept. 19, at the Delaware County Fair! The offering is for one person sharing a double seat jog cart with the driver as they parade the first heat of the Little Brown Jug. Foiled Again is on his farewell tour before retiring as the richest horse in harness racing history with earnings in excess of $7,500,000! The annual Pre-Jug Party auction generates thousands of dollars each year to benefit New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program and the Delaware County Fair. "Foiled Again is the classiest, wisest, most accommodating Standardbred I've ever met," said New Vocations Executive Director Dot Morgan. "I was privileged to spend three days with him at Breyerfest, and I was astounded at his personable, kind temperament and total professionalism. We are thrilled to be able to auction off this once in a lifetime experience with the proceeds benefitting retired racehorses. I'd like to express my deep appreciation to Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and JJK Stables for this exciting donation." If leading the Little Brown Jug post parade with Foiled Again would be your dream come true, email Dot Morgan at dot@horseadoption.com or text (937) 205-4667 to get a party invitation. From New Vocations  

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