Horse Stats
Name: Darling Cassie Lou
Barn Name: Cassie Lou
Age: 2016
Gender: Mare
Height: 16 1/2 hh
Color: Dark Bay
Adoption Fee: $1,000
Location: Lexington, KY
Race Stats
Total Starts: 3
Highlights: Unplaced
Total Earnings: $1,105
Last Race: 2/27/19
Sire: Archarcharch
Dam: Zamindarling
Other Notable Pedigree: Arch, Tom Rolfe, Roberto, Danzig, *Ribot, Alydar, Fleur
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Looking for a sassy southern belle to spice up your life? Check out this pretty gal! Darling Cassie Lou is a a big bodied mare with pretty features and just enough personality to win your heart in a hot second. Her pedigree contains all the old lines and she has the look of a sporty prospect.

On the ground, Cassie Lou is well-mannered but not a deadhead. She stands well when being tacked in her stall, in the crossties, and for the farrier but is always alert and paying attention to what is happening around her. She is towards the bottom of the hierarchy in turnout and doesn’t mind being one of the last ladies brought in. She is good for general grooming and has a nice disposition but is not afraid to remind you that she is still a mare. She has enough sass in her personality to make her enjoyable to be around, but not enough to be difficult to handle.

Under saddle, Cassie Lou is a forward ride who prefers a quiet rider who is soft in the use of their aids. She tends to overbend to the left as her right side is stronger but if you bump her into your left rein with your leg she is responsive and softens. She has the potential to have a lovely, uphill feel once she learns to supple more and stretch through her neck and back. Cassie Lou is just one of those very fun young horses to ride because there is a lot of power under you and she enjoys being put to the test. She tends to become more relaxed and attentive the more you ask of her – she is not one to back down from a challenge! Cassie Lou has three great gaits, picks up both leads well, and her flying changes are coming along very well as she learns to balance the change with her hind end. She can be looky but is not spooky and has displayed a great brain while in work.

Darling Cassie Lou is best suited for an advanced rider of an advanced intermediate rider working with a trainer. She is suitable for most disciplines but would make a nice jumper, eventer, or dressage prospect.

Cassie Lou 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.

In general, our fees are set at $500, $1,000 or $1,000 with a $1,500 donation. 

  • $1,000 with a $1,500 donation: This range is for horses that we consider to be the cream of the crop or the unicorn horses.  They are horses that have few or no limitations, have great conformation, movement and size.
  • $1,000: This range is for horses that are suitable for a competitive career up to a certain level (for example cleared for 2’6” but not 3’).  They may have been fully rehabbed from a race injury but have been cleared for most disciplines.
  • $500:  This range is for horses that are limited to a flat, trail or companion type home.  These horses are healthy and have been fully rehabbed and evaluated by a vet.

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.