Horse Stats
Name: Frank's Gift
Barn Name: Frank
Age: 2016
Gender: Gelding
Height: 16.1 hh
Color: Grey/ Roan
Adoption Fee: $1,000 plus $300 donation
Location: Lexington, KY
Race Stats
Total Starts: 0
Highlights: n/a
Total Earnings: $n/a
Last Race: n/a
Sire: Temple City
Dam: Miss Pippa
Other Notable Pedigree: A.P. Indy, Danzig, Northern Dancer, Mr. Prospector, Pas de Nom, Seattle Slew, Secretariat
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This stunning guy is not one you could easily miss. Between his unique color, and even grander personality, he doesn’t have to work very hard to get attention… but he will still work hard for your attention! He loves to stick his head outside of his door yoke when he is inside, and he is always happy to meet you at the gate when he is in turnout. Frank can be a goofy young gelding, trying to nibble on fingers or zippers in jest, but he is easy to correct with a gentle touch, and he knows when he’s been naughty! He has an active mind and loves having a job and a routine. He will be polite with a confident handler who does not try to over-correct him in a ‘loud’ way. He can act like the young rebel who pretends he isn’t listening in class, but he knows the answer to every question when prompted!

While Frank is still young and green, he is a sight to see in the ring! He has effortless talent with smooth, fluid gaits and great transitions for his age and fitness level. He is naturally balanced, and a hard, focused worker, who enjoys his work, and goes around confidently without a spook. He is more ‘whoa’ than ‘go,’ but he tackles new challenges with courage. Frank has been started over small crossrails even, and he tackled them with enthusiasm! Frank would do best with an advanced intermediate rider who can continue to develop his talent, and bring him along with an educated hand.

Frank is unraced and retired without any known soundness issues, but he would do best in a career/ with a rider that does not require a high headset and/ or someone who will put in the time to continue a fitness program so his threshold for respiratory comfort is increased, as he had surgery on his larynx in October 2018 and he has really just started back in work since the procedure.  As he continues to get fitter, he continues to be able to do more and more comfortably before feeling exerted.

Frank’s pedigree creates a fantastic foundation for athletic prowess, and he has shown a glimmer of what he is capable here. We feel that he will be an outstanding mount and personality for the right person!


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.