Horse Stats
Name: Thinkingofcharles
Barn Name: Charlie
Age: 2016
Gender: Gelding
Height: 16 hh
Color: Bay
Adoption Fee: $500
Location: Lexington, KY
Race Stats
Total Starts: 4
Highlights: Unplaced
Total Earnings: $1,800
Last Race: 6/8/19
Sire: Verrazano
Dam: Kanotwait
Other Notable Pedigree: More Than Ready, Pulpit, Giant's Causeway, Storm Cat, Unbridled's Song, Unbridled, Rahy, Caro(IRE), Fappiano
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Calling all lover of bays with chrome, because Thinkingofcharles is sure to be the only thing you’ll be thinking about after seeing his handsome face! This sweet, goofball, known to us as “Charlie,” is a sportier type with that boy-next-door personality. With the likes of Storm Cat, Caro (IRE), Fappiano, and Unbridled in his pedigree, he has sport horse written in his future.

Charlie has a lovely uphill build, with proportionate features and a shorter back, which is highly desirable for dressage and jumpers! His large stride and animated gaits display good suspension. When working at liberty in the ring, Charlie has proven to be willing to canter on either lead without preference, suggesting a natural balance and evenness. He enjoys showing off when lunging or working at liberty, often doing multiple flying changes in a row or displaying a snappy extended trot! 

We could see Charlie going in any direction, but would be a lovely dressage, jumper, or event prospect. He is suitable for an advanced rider who is experienced bringing along young horses. More videos will be added as more time is put into his rehab and under saddle training. His adoption fee will go up as more mileage is put into him.

As a special opportunity, Charlie is available for adoption at a reduced fee for qualified adopters, who are willing to give him more time to rehab. Adopters must have a good working relationship with veterinary professionals to consult in the process.



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, a fee is set for each horse that will ultimately help the horse find a home quickly. The program’s facilities are always at full capacity, which means the program 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 worked with by a professional trainer. New Vocations fully discloses the history of each horse and provides all available medical records, many of which include X-ray and ultrasounds.

While adoption fees are low, it should be noted that the costs associated with the ongoing care and additional training for each horse post-adoption can be high. New Vocations hopes that by helping an adopter save money upfront that he or she will have more funds available to cover the ongoing costs of properly caring for a horse.