Organizers of the Thoroughbred Makeover saw a 38 percent increase in the number of trainers who applied for the 2018 competition, now in its fourth year in its current format at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. The application period ran from Dec. 1 to Jan. 15.
The Thoroughbred Makeover is a training competition featuring recently-retired racing Thoroughbreds competing in 10 different disciplines. Their riders must submit an application to the Retired Racehorse Project (RRP), which organizes the competition, outlining their experience and competitive records. Trainers can be professionals, amateurs or juniors, and the Thoroughbreds they select to compete will all be of similar experience, having a maximum of 10 months of retraining by the time the competition takes place Oct. 4-7.