Clean Start: Let Down and Lay Up Program

Presented by the ASCPA Equine FUnd

Like soldiers returning from war, off-track Thoroughbreds have aching muscles and limbs, ulcers, and sometimes PTSD. They need time to heal-mentally, emotionally, and physically – and to learn to just be horses again. The MMSC's Clean Start Program allows horses to go directly from the track to a nearby farm for let down and lay up. Here they can unwind physically and mentally so they will be ready when they come to the MMSC to commence the Horse Centered Reschooling Program, a rigorous training curriculum that gives them solid foundations for loving new homes.

“Although their racing days may have come to an end, retirees have a lot to offer as they transition into new and varied careers – a process that requires significant time and resources,” said Jacque Schultz, senior director of the ASPCA Equine Fund. “The ASPCA is pleased to have awarded a grant to the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center as part of our Rescuing Racers Initiative, to assist their efforts to care for and rehabilitate retired racers for their second act.”

Please note: These horses are only available for adoption on a select and limited basis, as they are currently not in training for a second career. Questions? Please see our Adoption FAQs or contact us at 859-246-3080 or

Currently Enrolled - Not yet in training


A 16.1hh, 2013 gelding by The Deputy (IRE) out of For Your Enjoyment by Quiet Enjoyment.

Little J J

"JJ" is a 16hh, 7-year-old gelding by Orientate out of Elgin Lady by Valid Appeal.


"King" is a 16hh, 4-year-old gelding by Lemon Drop Kid out of Cukee by Langfuhr.

Mister Corbit

"Corbit" is a 3-year-old gelding by Bullet Train (GB) out of Indy's Paloma by A.P. Indy.

Heroic Act

"Hero" is a 16hh, 6-year-old gelding by Broken Vow out of Miss Cap by Capote.


Proton is a 16hh, 4-year-old gelding by Harlan's Holiday out of True Addiction by Yes It's True.