Former Kentucky Derby contender Z Fortune is officially up for adoption this week at the New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program in Lexington, KY. In 2008 Z Fortune was well on his way to be a major contender in the Kentucky Derby. He won the LeComte Stakes and came second in the Risen Star Stakes and Arkansas Derby. In the Kentucky Derby he ran 10th to Big Brown. Following the Derby he went on to race eight more times and it should be noted that he never ran for a tag. With earnings of $432,000 in 15 starts Z Fortune was retired late in 2010. He was owned by Ahmed Zayat and train by Steve Asmussen, the same owner trainer as this year's derby contender Nehro. The Zayat Stable connections contacted New Vocations in early spring to see if they would be interested in taking the newly gelded Z Fortune.
"I believe this is first time a Kentucky Derby contender has been made available for adoption publicly, which could make it a once in a lifetime experience to the lucky chosen adopter," explains New Vocations Program Director Anna Ford. She continued, "We were absolutely thrilled to get a horse in the program with such a prestigious resume. This is a perfect example of an owner doing right by their horse once its racing career is over. Z Fortune is a horse who still has a lot to offer. He didn't need a retirement home he simply needed an opportunity to excel in a second career."
Z Fortune is currently located at the New Vocations Lexington, KY facility. Over the last month he started receiving transitional training for a second career as a riding horse. "He is not only a big beautiful gray gelding but he has proven to have a great disposition," said New Vocations Lexington facility manager Lisa Molloy. "He has taken to his new life well and seems eager to learn. So far it appears that he should be suitable as a pleasure mount or even some lower level competition such as dressage."
Starting this week Z Fortune will officially be offered up for adoption. His information can be seen on the New Vocations website at www.horseadoption.com. Interested individuals are required to fill out an application online. Following this year's Kentucky Derby all applications will be reviewed and an individual will be chosen to adopt Z Fortune. As with all New Vocation adoptions a thorough background check will be done to ensure the best suitable home for Z Fortune.