Thoroughbred Retirement of Tampa, Inc. started out as Thunder Bay Horse Rescue, Inc. in September 2003. In May 2009, the name changed to Thoroughbred Retirement of Tampa, Inc. After meeting with Tampa Bay Downs and Tampa Bay HBPA before the 2009/2010 live racing meet, the organization became the official Thoroughbred retirement/aftercare program for the track.
Since its inception in 2009 and through June 30, 2016, TROT has accepted fifty-six (57) horses into its program. Forty-three (43) horses have been re-homed, one (1) was donated to another 501(c)(3), two (2) were returned to its racing owner and four (4) horse had to be euthanized due to fatal disease or injury. Seven (7) horses remain in our program at this time. The average stay in our program is 239 days.
A 501(c)(3) nonprofit & Thoroughbred aftercare program offering safe retirement from racing, rehab, retraining & re-homing for Tampa Bay Downs' racers.
Thoroughbred Retirement of Tampa, Inc. recognizes the potential that retiring Thoroughbreds offer, and is able to assist them transition to the next phase of their lives. With the support of owners, trainers, racing fans and the community, we can raise awareness about the importance of Thoroughbred retirement and make a difference in the lives of these athletes once their racing days are over.
Thoroughbred Retirement of Tampa, Inc. (commonly referred to as TROT) is a Thoroughbred aftercare program with an emphasis on retraining and re-homing. All of the horses in our program were donated to the organization by their owners and trainers during t
Dedicated to the safe retirement from racing, rehabilitation, retraining and re-homing of Tampa's racing Thoroughbreds.