Clean Start: Let Down and Lay Up Program

Presented by the Equus Foundation

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 covers the costs of horses so they can go from the track to a nearby farm to unwind physically and mentally before commencing the rigorous training curriculum of the Horse Centered Reschooling Program℠ that gives them solid foundations for loving new homes.

“The American Thoroughbred is an incredibly intelligent, powerful, willing, and versatile creature that can do so much, in addition to being a natural athlete. There is no limit to what these amazing horses can do and yet, sadly, so many Thoroughbreds find themselves at risk each year and in dire need of rescue and second chances. Maker's Mark Secretariat Center gives Thoroughbred horses a new lease on life and, as always, we are excited to support their wonderful work," said Valerie Angeli, EQUUS Foundation VP Communications.

“There are horses at racetracks all over the United States that need new jobs and homes,” says MMSC Executive Director Susanna Thomas. “Most trainers want to do the right thing but lack the contacts and funds to rehab and transition their horses successfully. We are so grateful for the EQUUS Foundation’s generosity so that we can be a viable link for trainers and a safe haven for the horses they give us!”

Currently Enrolled


Barn Name: Brewer
Date of Birth: February 24, 2016
Gender: Gelding
Height: 16h
Sire: Orb
Dam: Dance Craze by Mizzen Mast
Date of Last Race: 8/29/18
Adoption Fee: C
Location: MMSC Main Campus (Lexington, KY)

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