Horse Stats
Name: Win the Shake
Barn Name: Winnie
Age: 2016
Gender: Mare
Height: 16.2 hh
Color: Dark Bay
Adoption Fee: $1,000 plus $1,500 donation
Location: Lexington, KY
Race Stats
Total Starts: 3
Highlights: Winner
Total Earnings: $43,460
Last Race: 6/15/19
Sire: Shakin It Up
Dam: Hedy Hopper
Other Notable Pedigree: Midnight Lute, Real Quiet, Quiet American, Fappiano, Vindication, Seattle Slew, Dehere, Deputy Minister, Secretariat, Victory Gallop, Cryptoclearance, Dr. Fager, Dixie Brass
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There’s no toss-up on this one: “Winnie” is the right choice if you’re looking for a sweet, level-headed, easy-going but sporty prospect! Her soft eye, kind demeanor in and out of the saddle, and leggy, balanced build make her the all-inclusive grand prize package everyone wants to win. You can’t lose if you take home a mare with this many desirable qualities, including an all star pedigree that includes the likes of many great sport horse producers such as Quiet American, Fappiano, Dr. Fager, and Cryptoclearance. 

On the ground, Winnie is easy to handle and a total lovebug. She crossties, stands for the vet and farrier, and is good for getting her mane done. She leads in and out of turnout quietly and is patient enough for our more inexperienced grooms to work with. She goes out in our large mare herd and is towards the bottom of the hierarchy but is not afraid to stay out of trouble. She has been out with many different mares during her time here and has proven to have an agreeable personality towards both people and horses. 

Under saddle Winnie is the ideal mount for a range of riders! She is quiet and confident despite being young, and she is a great listener with an eagerness to learn. Her default is “whoa,” so she is more of leg ride, but she moves off your leg when asked and easy to bring back. She is brave and bold while working, riding in both our indoor and outdoor alone and in company with no issues. Despite her inexperience she is forgiving of rider error and displays a kind disposition that makes her worth her weight in gold.

Given Winnie’s easy demeanor both in and out of the saddle, we think she would be suitable for even an intermediate-level rider working with a trainer*. She could easily be successful in any direction she is moved in and would be just as happy to be a trail horse as she would a show hunter – she just enjoys having a person and doing a job. Her ideal adopter will continue to build her weight and treat her for rain rot. 

Win the Shake is eligible for the RRP’s 2020 Thoroughbred Makeover.

*Please note that Winnie is still young and green, so she is still developing mentally and physically. Even after a period of transitional training, our retiring racehorses are only considered “green broke” and this fact cannot be overstressed.




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.