Turning for Home


Turning for Home, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that has provided nearly 2,500 former racehorses with a safe retirement. The program was created through the foresight of the Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (PTHA), which revolutionized the model for racehorse retirement. Responding to the need for a better system that addressed the uncertain future for the retiring equine population at Parx Racing, the PTHA rallied horsemen to support the program. Turning for Home became the first on-track retirement program at a year-round racetrack.

At Parx Racing, we truly do take care of our own. The majority of our funding comes from Parx horse owners. Parx jockeys, the PTHA, racetrack management, and the Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association also strongly support Turning for Home. The Jockey Club and other national organizations have called Turning for Home a model program for other racetracks around the country.

Owners who wish to place a horse with Turning for Home need only fill out an information sheet and sign over the foal papers. The papers are then sent to The Jockey Club and stamped as “Retired from Racing”, thus ensuring every horse placed with our program will never be able to race again. Every eligible horse is accepted into the Turning for Home program.


Because of our presence right here on the grounds of Parx Racing, we have the unique ability to quickly schedule emergency veterinary procedures. This enables some horses that otherwise may not have had a chance for a full recovery often go on to a second career with little or even no limitations.

An average of 4 – 8 horses per week are examined by one of our veterinarians at the racetrack, including evaluations of any x-rays or ultrasounds.

Many of the leading equine surgeons in the region from Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center, Hogan Equine, Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center and Unionville Equine Associates work with us to examine screening sets of x-rays for horses that are entered into the program. If surgery is recommended, these incredibly supportive equine medical facilities are willing to perform the procedure at cost. This allows us to help each horse that comes through our program.

While Turning for Home is not a sanctuary, we do all we can to assure that every retiree has the best opportunity to go on to a new career.

With the help of many organizations and our Partner Farms, we have been able to succeed in our mission. Our current horses can be seen here as well as on our Facebook page.

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.