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?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!