Horse Stats
Name: American Lion
Barn Name: Lion
Age: 2007
Gender: Gelding
Height: 16.3 1/2 hh
Color: Dark Bay
Adoption Fee: $1000 plus $1200 donation
Location: Lexington, KY
Race Stats
Total Starts: 9
Highlights: Multiple Graded Stakes Winner
Total Earnings: $417,800
Last Race: 7/2/11
Sire: Tiznow
Dam: Storm Tide
Other Notable Pedigree: Storm Cat, Cee's Tizzy, Carson City, Storm Bird
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Heart-stopping handsome!! American Lion has a breathtaking presence. He is an incredible athlete with tons of heart. He had a brilliant start to his racing career winning 2 Grade 3 Stakes races and placing in a Grade 2. He competed in the 2010 Grade 1 Kentucky Derby where he finished mid-pack and the eventual winner was Super Saver. Following his racing career Lion went on to stallion duty from 2012 through the 2018 breeding season. He was offered at auction in the Keeneland November 2018 sale where former connections came together to purchase him and invest in ensuring him a safe future. He was gelded before coming to New vocations. Lion can get excited and studdish if he sees a mare or if someone stops a horse by the door of his stall. He has transitioned to turnout with our babysitter gelding who mostly ignores him and they graze happily together. He can be polite on the ground with a confident handler but can test his boundaries with someone inexperienced. He does like to nip during tacking, we do not take it personally and he respects us. Lion does stand patiently in cross ties and seems used to the whole beauty routine. He does not have any stall vices. 
Under saddle, he oozes confidence, and elegance- this guy feels like a high caliber horse! His gaits are beautiful with great impulsion. He is quite steady to ride and prefers a rider with soft aids. He picks up both leads easily and is responsive to his rider. Lion has incredible potential to go in any discipline with an advanced rider/handler. 


New Vocations’ adoption fees are intentionally set lower than the cost of buying most Thoroughbreds or Standardbreds through a private seller. In today’s market, it’s not unusual for horses coming right off the track to be listed for sale at a price between $2,000 and $5,000. At New Vocations, a fee is set for each horse that will ultimately help the horse find a home quickly. The program’s facilities are always at full capacity, which means the program cannot take in an additional horse until one is adopted. Adopters should be encouraged to know that by adopting a horse through New Vocations, they are actually helping two horses transition to careers outside of racing.

Additionally, adopters get great value for their money: The majority of the horses have been in the program for a minimum of 60 days. During that time, horses are rehabilitated (if needed), socialized with other horses, fully evaluated and worked with by a professional trainer. New Vocations fully discloses the history of each horse and provides all available medical records, many of which include X-ray and ultrasounds.

While adoption fees are low, it should be noted that the costs associated with the ongoing care and additional training for each horse post-adoption can be high. New Vocations hopes that by helping an adopter save money upfront that he or she will have more funds available to cover the ongoing costs of properly caring for a horse.