The Gulfstream Park Thoroughbred After-Care Program was founded in 2011 by Mr. Frank Stronach to ensure retired thoroughbreds are matched with loving owners who will make a lifelong commitment to their health, safety and well being.
Working with several retirement organizations, including the Florida Thoroughbred Retirement & Adoptive Care Program (TRAC), The Gulfstream Park Thoroughbred After-Care Program insures retired thoroughbreds are properly evaluated once they leave the track.
Courageous and intelligent, many thoroughbreds go on to second careers in the world of eventing, jumping, dressage and hunting. Others work in vocational and life skill programs with children and adults and some with mounted police forces around the world.
Mr. Stronach seeded The Gulfstream Park Thoroughbred After-Care Program by matching the money currently taken from purses (one third of one percent) at Gulfstream and distributed to retirement programs by the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association (FHBPA).
Mr. Stronach, Chairman of Stronach Entertainment Group, parent company of Gulfstream Park, has been an industry leader in the retraining and rehabilitation of thoroughbred race horses and an advocate and supporter of several retirement programs.
On August 7, Mr. Stronach was the first recipient of the ‘Earle I. Mack Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation Champion Award’ for his dedication to improving the welfare and safety of thoroughbred horses during and after their racing careers.
Mr. Stronach, a five-time Eclipse Award winning breeder and four-time Eclipse Award winning owner, set an industry precedent seven years ago by developing the first in-house retirement program, Adena Retirement. Under the direction of a full-time, in-house staff of professional trainers, riders, grooms and veterinarians, Adena retirement carefully evaluates and retrains horses owned by the Stronach family and Adena Springs. He recently started the Santa Anita After-Care Program.