Have You Used Thoroughbred Connect?

Thoroughbred Connect

Thoroughbred Connect is an emergency-call-card for racehorses.

In 2011, I wrote here about the Jockey Club’s Thoroughbred Connect, a web site that was designed to allow fans (or concerned parties) the ability to attach their contact information to a horse’s registered name. The idea was that if you were watching a horse and wanted to purchase or take some sort of responsibility for him after he was finished racing, the owner or trainer could just log into Thoroughbred Connect, pull up the horse’s name, and pick up the phone and give you a call.

What a great idea!

So, has it worked?

According to this article in the Daily Racing Form:

A year and a half into the project, more than 1,600 people have signed onto Thoroughbred Connect, and more than 400 horses have benefited from the program, according to Kristin Leshney, legal associate with The Jockey Club, who helped develop the platform.

400 horses have benefited from Thoroughbred Connect. Do you know one of those horses?

I had my name down for four different horses, and of those four, I only know where one of them is. I’m always hoping someone will get in touch with me, though. It’s the best way I know to permanently attach my name to their names. It’s like an “in case of emergency” card for a racehorse.

How about you? Have you had luck? Have you been disappointed? Are you still waiting? Are you one of the owners of the 400 Thoroughbred Connect Success Stories? We want to know.

A writer is looking for stories of people who have used Thoroughbred Connect — successfully or unsuccessfully — to be used in a racing publication. Contact her at patti@davismedpr.com or DM on Twitter @shuveeIL if you’ve got something to say.

I really, really wanted Thoroughbred Connect to work. I still think it can. So if you have something to share, please do so!

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4 responses to “Have You Used Thoroughbred Connect?

  1. It seems like such a tiny drop in the bucket, those 400 compared to how many that raced last year?
    Your one for four statistic isn’t so great, either.
    But it’s a start.
    Blessings to them all.

  2. whitewolfe001

    It’s a really cool idea. First I’ve heard of it, and I follow lots of TB news blogs, websites, facebook, etc. So it seems like this definitely needs to get “out there”, it will be of little use if people don’t know about it. Why not make this a feature in the regular registry lookup, rather than making it a separate website? In any case, good to know, thanks!

  3. Ellen Harvey

    I work for the Standardbred registry, the US Trotting Association. I administer our Full Circle program. It is modeled after the AQHA’s Full Circle program, which essentially does the same thing as Tbred Connect. The Jockey Club started Thoroughbred Connect based on Full Circle as used by both AQHA and the USTA. I wish they had also called it Full Circle as it is an uphill struggle to raise awareness of the program both within the participants of a particular breed or discipline and in the non interconnected recsue community. There is no “top down” way to reach all or even a majority. A common name would help. Since then, The Morgan Horse Association has started a Full Circle program within their resgistry and I expect that over time, others will as well. I can say that within the Standardbred registry, we have about 5,000 horses enrolled and about 10 that I know of have been connected with the person who wanted to be notified if they needed help. Some of these horses were in very bad situations and it made a life or death difference for them. It is public information and free and easily accessible to see if a horse in enrolled in Full Circle – there is an icon next to their name on the free tattoo/freeze brand lookup on the home page at http://www.ustrotting.com. There are instructions in the mouse over to call us and we provide the name and contact info. This is going to be a long slow learning curve to maximal effectiveness, handicapped by the fact that there is simply no way to effectively reach all horse rescues to let them know to look up every tatt and FB on horses of breeds that have a Full Circle program. OR – even worse, they won’t try. Just 10 minutes ago, I got an email from a rescue person who says a horse is too fuzzy to read a freeze brand and she won’t take a 25 cent disposable razor and shave a couple inches on their neck to find it. Says it’s too dangerous to keep a razor in her pocket. I spent about 2 minutes last night trying to pull the cover off one of those at home. This is what we’re up against. Horse rescue is an incremental game. There is no single solution, but there are many things that, when added up, make a big difference. Supporting gelding clinics, starting and maintaining things like Full Circle/Tbred Connect, making sure there is lifetime followup for adopted horses, providing as much training as possible for horses adopted privately or publicly – all those things help and we can’t not do them because no single effort is “enough.” As long as someone has the option to quicly and eaisly sell their horse for meat, that option will be taken by some but much can be done to narrow the pipeline of horses that end up in that situation.