Horse Stats
Name: Barahona
Barn Name: Barry or Barracuda
Age: 2013
Gender: Gelding
Height: 16.2 hh
Color: Dark Bay
Adoption Fee: $1,000—NOW $500 until Dec. 31!
Location: Lexington, KY
Race Stats
Total Starts: 7
Highlights: Winner, Black-type stakes runner
Total Earnings: $41,395
Last Race: 10/27/16
Sire: More Than Ready
Dam: Vaulcluse
Other Notable Pedigree: A.P. Indy, Seattle Slew, Halo, Naskra, Secretariat, Poker, Buckpasser, Gay Missile
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Duh nuh… duh nuh…  duhnuhduhnuhduhnuh!!!! They say there are plenty of fish in the sea, but where could the perfect one for you be? Tired of hooking endless goldfish, tuna, and snapper? Like his sire’s name suggests, Barahona is more than ready to swim for open waters and show off his devilishly handsome features. Big bodied, athletic, and well-bred, this cool gelding has all the right bait necessary to reel in anyone who sees him. Like the predatory fish he’s nicknamed after, “Barracuda” or “Barry” is on the hunt for his next career, and is patiently stalking the shallows for the adopter of his dreams.

If you want a dude who means business, then Barry is your guy. With his no nonsense personality, he has proven to be adept at cross tying. standing for the farrier, and leading. However, no nonsense means no nonsense, Barry can, and will be mouthy and sassy if he gets impatient with the process or is being handled by a more timid person. With a firm handler, he is better mannered, and could use a person who will continue to work with him on developing his ground behaviors in a positive manner. In turnout, Barry can be pushy with more passive geldings. He does well in our group of tougher boys who keep him in his place and remind him he’s not the boss. Barry is a very confident guy (mainly because he knows how good-looking and talented he is) with the right amount of swagger that appeals to a more experienced equestrian.

You won’t flounder in the show ring with this flashy mover! Under saddle, Barry’s potential really swims to the surface. He is working on getting back into shape and softening to the rider’s aids. Barry picks up both leads, has nice changes, and goes around easily in a snaffle. Though he has more go than whoa, he is typically not considered a “hot” ride. His biggest goals right now are developing a better bend and rocking back at the canter. His trot is lofty and when he works into a more relaxed headset, his poll drops and his hind end engagement is DREAMY. Despite his inexperience, Barry has a good concept of collection at the canter and his flatter way of going suggests he would be a lovely hunter prospect. He has been worked both inside and out, and is good alone but can be distracted and hotter when working in company.

Barry likes to test his rider and requires an advanced rider who is experienced bringing along young horse. He would be a great dressage, hunter, or foxhunting prospect. So if you’re looking for your white whale, inquire about Barahona today!



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.