Horse Stats
Name: Kettlagogo
Barn Name: Kernel
Age: 2015
Gender: Gelding
Height: 15.3 hh
Color: Bay
Adoption Fee: $1,000
Location: Lexington, KY
Race Stats
Total Starts: 14
Highlights: Placed
Total Earnings: $13,229
Last Race: 2/12/19
Sire: Kettle Corn
Dam: Van Gogo Girl
Other Notable Pedigree: Candy Ride (ARG), Van Nistelrooy, Storm Cat, Cryptoclearance, Fappiano, Secretariat
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Meet Kettlagogo, who while uncompetitive on the track, has proven to be quite the contestant for his future adopter’s heart. “Kernel” is a uniquely colored bay, catching the attention of everyone here at the Lexington facility (including multiple vets and farriers who happen to be there) with his good looks and sugar sweet personality. He has quickly become a barn favorite, earning the adoration of everyone who works here.

Kernel is turned out in our large gelding herd and is happily in the middle of the pack. He is fine for getting his mane done, standing for the farrier and in the crossties, and bathing. He is quiet on the ground and has no stall vices.

Kernel would be a fun prospect who could go in any direction. He displays a nice big stride at the trot and canter when working at liberty, and is comfortable cantering on either lead, not seeming to favor one or the other. He is fairly balanced and brave, not blinking an eye the first time he went into our indoor (which tends to spook many of the horses that come through the program!) He likes to show off his flying changes and thinks that he is one cool dude (we totally agree!)

***1/2/19 Update: Kernel has been started under saddle and has proven to be an athletically inclined guy. He is forward thinking and brave, working alone and in company with no issues. He is working on even development and using his hind end. Even though he has more go than whoa, Kernel goes around well in a simple snaffle. He likes a quiet rider but wants you to be a little more “present” so that he understands what you are asking of him. He doesn’t mind riding with the dogs/cats around and has hacked out in the woods, hay fields, and on the road. Kernel is suitable for an advanced intermediate rider and would make an excellent foxhunting prospect for a rider experienced bringing along younger horses.

As a special opportunity for qualified adopters, Kernel is available for adoption ahead of our normal schedule. He received some extra downtime to rest his feet and has been back into under saddle work slowly. He has been vetted thoroughly, and all vet work will be available to interested approved adopters.

Kettlagogo is eligible for the Retired Racehorse Project’s 2020 Thoroughbred Makeover.



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.