The primary focus of the California Retirement Management Account (CARMA) Placement Program is to facilitate the transition of Thoroughbreds from the racetrack to an approved organization that is best suited to place the horse into its second careers or permanent sanctuary.
As a service to Thoroughbred owners who are unable to keep or re-home their newly retired racehorse, the Placement Program serves as a safe method to transition the horse into the next phase of its life. Based out of Santa Anita Park with a satellite location at Golden Gate Fields, CARMA is able to work closely with the connections of the horse to ensure proper retirement steps are taken. With a network of layup facilities specializing in the rehabilitation of former racehorses, the Placement Program provides injured Thoroughbreds the time they need to recuperate and adjust to life off the track. Visiting regularly and maintaining frequent communication with the staff entrusted with the daily care of the horses in CARMA’s custody, safety and health is a top priority.
After a soundness and temperament evaluation, written reports (accompanied with veterinary history and photographs) are sent to CARMA’s more than 20 approved 501 (c) (3) non-profit partners. These organizations will continue to rehabilitate, retrain and ultimately find the horse’s second careers as a riding mount or offer them permanent sanctuaries.
Since being launched in late 2012, the Placement Program has assisted more than 100 retired racing Thoroughbreds and has expanded from managing five horses at a time to a string ranging from 18 to 20.
Steps to Retire Your Racehorse
If independent re-homing efforts are unsuccessful, we encourage owners and trainers to consider utilizing our Placement Program as a method of retirement for their horses. With our network of layup facilities and aftercare partners, we are able to rehabilitate off-track-Thoroughbreds and find them second careers as riding horses or offer them permanent sanctuaries. To begin the process, please do the following:
- Call us at (626) 574-6654.
- Please fill out the Intake Questionnaire in its entirety and in detail.
- If accepted into the program, a minimum $500 donation is required.
- Read and sign the Transfer and Surrender Form.
Note: Space in our Placement Program is limited and there is often a two to three week wait list due to the volume of horses in our care.
We try to be as inclusive as possible assisting racehorses retiring in California, however to be eligible for the Placement Program the following boxes must be checked:
- Owners of the horse must participate in the purse contribution program adopted by the California Horse Racing Board. If you are not currently allocating the 0.3% earnings deduction to help support retired racehorses, you can change your status by contacting the Paymaster of Purses at Santa Anita Park at (626) 574-6360 or Golden Gate Fields at (510) 559-7300.
- The horse must have raced at Santa Anita Park, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Los Alamitos Thoroughbred Racing, Golden Gate Fields or California Authority of Racing Fairs in the last six months. Unraced Thoroughbreds currently in training may be eligible as program capacity permits.
- The horse must be a gelding, filly or mare. Colts or stallions will not be accepted. Make arrangements with a veterinarian to castrate your male horse before contacting us.
If you have any questions regarding these requirements, please contact us for additional information.