Horse Stats
Name: Smart Throb
Barn Name: Smarty
Age: 2014
Gender: Mare
Height: 15.2 hh
Color: Chestnut
Adoption Fee: $1,000
Location: Lexington, KY
Race Stats
Total Starts: 17
Highlights: Placed
Total Earnings: $47,140
Last Race: 6/23/19
Sire: Smart Bid
Dam: Sage Burner
Other Notable Pedigree: Smart Strike, Regal Classic, Pas de Nom, Seattle Slew Topsider, Admiral's Voyage, Cannonade
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The best fillies are made of sugar and spice and everything nice! All these ingredients can be found in kind, little Smart Throb. Known as “Smarty” around the barn, this adorable girl has earned a special place in all the barn staff’s heart with her easy personality and lovely expression.

On the ground, Smarty displays great manners. She stands well for the farrier, bathing, and in the crossties. She goes out at night in our large mare group and is in the middle of the hierarchy. Smarty is fine being second or third to the gate but doesn’t chase off the other mares below her. Her disposition is quiet and kind. She is a very smart girl who enjoys being handled and interacting with people on a daily basis.

Under saddle, Smarty is an uncomplicated ride. She is a nice mix of whoa and go but tends to be more responsive to her rider’s aids. She picks up both leads well and has a very agreeable work ethic. Her gaits are balanced and she rides uphill into the hand at the canter. Smarty is working on learning to soften through her poll and push from behind but doesn’t seem to mind the new questions and challenges being asked of her. She is very brave, has offered no naughty behavior under saddle, and completely blows the “chestnut mare” stereotype out of the water! She is currently out of shape and under muscled, but with consistent work will display nice engagement and a stronger hind end. Already she is figuring out how to stretch her neck down at the trot and prefers a rider with a soft, allowing rein.

Smarty is suitable for any low level discipline, and is best suited for at least an intermediate rider working with a trainer.

Smart Throb is eligible for the RRP’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, 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 “unicorn” horses. They are horses that have few or no limitations and 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 necessarily 3’). They may have been fully rehabbed from an injury but have been cleared by our veterinarians 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.