Las Vegas-based Boyd Gaming has now joined National Thoroughbred Welfare Organization (NTWO) through its Delta Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel and Evangeline Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel, to provide financial assistance and other support to NTWO’s horse-rehoming efforts in the state of Louisiana.
The Boyd Gaming-owned tracks are the first in Louisiana and the nation to provide financial support to horses and horsemen through the NTWO program.
The NTWO is concentrating on intercepting retired thoroughbred racehorses from being sold into the horse slaughter pipeline. The NTWO will have a full-time representative at the local tracks and training centers to work with trainers and owners to rehome their retirees.
“While improvements have been made in the aftercare of racing’s horses, there is still much to be done,” said Victoria Keith, president of NTWO. “We have a lot of work in front of us, but we’re excited to get started and make a difference in the lives of horses in Louisiana. We are grateful to Delta Downs and Evangeline Downs for taking the lead in working with us to fight the indefensible practice of horse slaughter – and we encourage others to follow their lead.”
“Every horse that races at our tracks deserves to find a good, loving home after it retires,” said Vince Schwartz, senior vice president of operations for Boyd Gaming. “The NTWO’s noble mission is one we are proud to support.”
For more information on the NTWO or to learn more about ways to support, please visit NTWO.org or call their hotline at (859) 382-7779.