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Retire a Horse

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Since 2008, PTHA’s Turning for Home, Inc. has served the Horsemen of Parx with the safe retirement of their horses, leaving absolutely no reason for any retiring racehorse to face an uncertain, unsafe future. The Program is funded by the Owners, Breeders, Jockeys, PTHA, and Parx Management and has provided a safe outlet for over 3400 retiring racehorses.

Turning for Home, (TFH) provides immediate assistance for emergency surgeries, veterinary evaluations on the track, rehabilitation, retraining, and rehoming through our Partnerships with experienced, dedicated, knowledgeable farms up and down the East Coast. Donated funds go directly to those farms and their treating Veterinarians for the care of the horses as they transition from their racing careers to safe second careers. We do everything in our power to find new owners who will appreciate our Thoroughbreds and provide for them over the rest of their lives. We supervise adoptions and will always bring any TFH horse back to the nearest farm as needed for rehab, retraining, and rehoming.  

Support the retired athletes of Parx Racing.
Support the PTHA’s Turning for Home program.
Support our mission of a safe retirement.

At Parx Racing, we’re proud to Take Care of Our Own.

We are a model program in the racing industry and have helped thousands of retirees find new homes and second careers, helping every Parx horse who needs help to retire safely. If you would like to see your retiring horse on our website’s Success Stories, Turning for Home is here to help.

Trainers and owners wishing to retire horses can visit the TFH office in the administration office on the backside, call the administrator at 215-808-7562, or send an email with the required paperwork attached (see below).



Horse Intake Form

Sold As Retired From Racing 


  • The horse must be continuously stabled on the grounds of Parx Racing for 90 days prior to the time of application into TFH, or have raced in the last 30 days with a trainer that is based at Parx for at least six months of the year.
  • Horses at training farms must have raced at Parx in the previous 30 days from the application and must have raced over 50% of its races at Parx in the previous 365 days.
  • TFH will keep the waiting list shorter than four weeks.
  • Surgical cases move to the front of the waiting list.
  • A horse may move to the front of the waiting list if the full placement of $2,500 is donated.
  • To offset the rising costs of shipping, TFH is requesting a donation of $100 if we ship your horse to a Partner Farm
  • Trainer or owner must complete the HORSE INTAKE FORM and Sold as RETIRED FROM RACING FORM (including notarization).
  • Submit foal papers or request digital papers be transferred to Turning for Home,Inc. as Owner/Manager.
  • Provide proof of current negative Coggins test.
  • TFH Administrator will take 4-6 conformation photos for proper retirement from The Jockey Club.
  • Veterinary evaluation forms, including any screening sets of radiographs must be submitted, plus any additional required diagnostics for those horses retiring due to injury.
  • No intact males can be placed until they have been gelded. The only exception is for horses on strict stall rest, and only then will castration be scheduled for a reduced rate by TFH or its affiliated retirement organizations at the owner’s cost. Expect to be billed after the castration is complete.
  • A deposit of $100.00 per horse is required to help offset the cost of shipping the retired horse to the farm. This must be paid prior to the horse leaving for a TFH Partner Farm.
  • By delivering a horse to TFH, the owner agrees to transfer complete ownership of the donated horse to TFH.
  • Liability and Risk of Loss and expenses for the care of the horse remain with the donor until the horse leaves the grounds to go to a TFH Partner Farm.

Turning for Home is especially thankful for all the Parx Trainers, as the burden of care for retiring horses ultimately falls on you. We appreciate the standards that you keep to ensure that every horse is treated with respect and leaves our track with their dignity intact. We intend to do our part to carry on with the best rehabilitation, retraining and the best homes we can find. Feel free to contact our office for updates!

Re: Parx Racing’s Zero Tolerance Policy Towards Horsemen Responsible for Sending Horses to Auction/Slaughter/Kill Buyers

Any owner, member of an owner partnership, or trainer who is found responsible for sending a horse or horses to auction where they could be purchased by dealers/kill buyers for slaughter, or for sending a horse to slaughter will have his/her backstretch privileges revoked, will be denied entry to race for all horses owned in whole or in partnership, and said horses must be removed immediately from the Parx backstretch.

In the event that ownership of horse(s) is transferred, the transfer must be to a third party who is not family related to the original owner/owners, and an affidavit must be signed by the third party attesting to that fact.