Horse Stats
Name: Violent Strike
Barn Name: Striker
Age: 2015
Gender: Gelding
Height: 16 1/2 hh
Color: Dark Bay
Adoption Fee: $1000 now $800 plus $200 donation
Location: Lexington, KY
Race Stats
Total Starts: 4
Highlights: Winner
Total Earnings: $11,662
Last Race:
Sire: Violence
Dam: No Splits
Other Notable Pedigree: Smart Strike, Medaglia D'oro, Mr Prospector, Gone West, El Prado(IRE)
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Violent Strike is a happy go lucky youngster! He is pretty zen with life. When we moved him and his turnout buddy to a bigger field with 3 new buddies it was just like any other day for him. I would call him middle of the pack and he is content with whoever as a buddy. He has pretty good ground manners and stands well in our wash rack crossties. Striker does not have any stall vices. 

Under saddle, he is eager to work and is forward thinking. He does not take much leg to go forward. He is also pretty unfazed by new challenges, trot poles were no big deal. Striker doesnt even care when the kittens and a little beagle are running in and out of the arena playing. He is just like its business as usual! Violent strike retired without any apparent injuries and will be suitable for all disciplines. His personality would fit well with eventing and jumpers. He is best suited for an intermediate who does well with a forward ride or an advanced rider. 



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.