Horse Stats
Name: Downside Risk
Barn Name: Risky
Age: 2015
Gender: Gelding
Height: 15.2 hh
Color: Dark Bay
Adoption Fee: $1,000—HALF OFF UNTIL 10/25
Location: Lexington, KY
Race Stats
Total Starts: 5
Highlights: Placed
Total Earnings: $35,710
Last Race: 8/4/19
Sire: Lonhro (AUS)
Dam: Kristi B
Other Notable Pedigree: El Prado (IRE), Straight Strike, Sadler's Wells, Inquisitive, Relic, Hermes, Tom Fool
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If you’re looking for black beauty then you found him! Son of the the Australian stallion Lonhro, “Risky” decided that taking life at high-speed just wasn’t for him and has very quickly adapted to life off the track, enjoying the quiet routine at our Lexington facility. An avid connoisseur of apple nugget cookies, Risky loves attention and has a very in-your-pocket personality.

Risky loves to be outside at night and thinks he’s the ham of the herd, he goes out with several other geldings and is on the lower end of the herd structure, but that doesn’t stop him from trying to make new friends and live his best life. He stands well in crossties, for baths, and for the farrier. 

Under saddle, Risky flats happily around in a simple snaffle. He has both flying changes and will pick up both leads well. Risky is responsive to the riders aids and is working on softening and becoming more supple through his poll and neck. He is learning to balance himself and create a natural rhythm while trotting and cantering as well as how to lighten in the bridle. Risky can be strong but not in a forward manner, he likes to be carried by his rider and is learning how to create self-carriage and give to the bit. Risky has displayed no naughty behavior while in training – he can be looky at new things but takes confidence from his rider. 

Risky retired sound with no known injuries. He could go in any direction and would be just as happy being a pleasure mount as he would a show horse. He is suitable for an intermediate rider working with a trainer.




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.