Racetrack to introduce "surrender stall"

January 20, 2010

An Ohio racetrack plans to introduce a "surrender stall" for any racehorse owner to leave an animal they feel they can no longer care for.

The initiative at River Downs racetrack is in response to the deaths of around a dozen horses in the care of a Clermont County trainer who used the track to work with horses.

He has since been charged with animal cruelty and abandonment.

The course said it wanted to be proactive to ensure such an outcome for the horses never happened again.

The track, which hopes to have the stall in operation for racing in mid-April, undertakes to care for any surrendered horses until they can be rehomed.