After the Races

The commitment to care doesn’t end at the finish line. When racehorses are ready to leave the track, California works with established programs to place horses in new homes and second careers.

Retirement and Aftercare

We believe racehorses deserve the best possible care on and off track. Thoroughbreds are athletic animals and thrive in many other equestrian disciplines and as pleasure horses. California racing supports accredited retirement and aftercare programs and offers many options for safe racehorse retirement. Since its founding in 2007, the California Retirement Management Account (CARMA) ensures racehorses have retirement and retraining opportunities by supporting organizations that place and retrain Thoroughbreds who raced at California racetracks. 

Charitable Giving

California’s racing associations support numerous worthy charitable organizations in horse racing. In the past 70 years, millions of dollars have been distributed to such charities as the California Center for Equine Health and Performance, the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, the Winner’s Foundation, the California Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Foundation, medical clinics, the Racetrack Chaplaincy, and the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.