Horse Stats
Name: Cardinal Coach Mac
Barn Name: Big Mac
Age: 2016
Gender: Gelding
Height: 16.3 hh
Color: Chestnut
Adoption Fee: $1,000 plus $1,000 donation — $321 OFF until Sept. 2!
Location: Lexington, KY
Race Stats
Total Starts: 7
Highlights: Black Type Stakes Runner, Winner
Total Earnings: $54,395
Last Race: 6/12/19
Sire: Point of Entry
Dam: Aspen Whisper
Other Notable Pedigree: Dynaformer, Roberto, Hail to Reason, Flower Bowl, Buckpasser, Ninjinsky II, Gone West, Secretariat
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This all-star won’t last long with his sporty build and athletic talent! Big Mac is a handsome, flashy chestnut gelding with limitless potential for any discipline. This playful youngster has proven to be a quality guy while in the program with his great brain and stellar pedigree.

Goofy but polite, Big Mac has been easy to handle on the ground, cross-tying, standing for the farrier and adapting to off-track life like a pro. He tends to be a little more aloof upon first meeting but warms up to attention and affection very quickly. In turnout, he’s on the lower end of the totem pole but that doesn’t stop him from having a good time in his pasture! 

Under saddle, Big Mac has more whoa than go, but has a nice, floating stride that covers ground and is easy to sit. He’s balanced both directions on both leads, and has good lead changes simple and flying. Big Mac has a basic understanding of giving to the bit and is already working relaxed and flexed at the poll. His transitions are very nice for a horse that raced so recently! Brave and bold, he has not displayed any spookiness at all and has started trotting ground poles like a champ. He has a nice level topline, and a longer, flatter stride. He would do best in a consistent program where his rider can really bring forward his talent.

Big Mac retired with no known injuries and would be suitable for any discipline. We think he is a great show hunter prospect for an advanced rider or an advanced intermediate working with a trainer. Big Mac is eligible for the RRP’s 2020 Thoroughbred Makeover.



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, we set a fee that will ultimately help each horse find a home quickly. The program’s facilities are always at full capacity, which means we 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 in work with a professional trainer. New Vocations fully discloses each horse’s history and provides all available medical records, many of which include X-ray and ultrasounds.

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