SARATOGA SPRINGS - We cheer for them like they're rock stars, but once they've retired, thoroughbred race horses are often forgotten.
Even some, as NewsChannel 13 has reported previously, end up at the slaughter house.
But there'll soon be a new farm in Saratoga County where race horses will go to retire.
As part of a first of its kind program, local horse syndicate, Sackatoga Stable, owners of Kentucky Derby winner, Funny Cide, is paying in advance to guarantee its horses a spot at a local retirement farm.
A group called "Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement," is buying a 265-acre farm in Stillwater. Sackatoga Stable, is paying ten-thousand dollars up front for each yearling they buy, guaranteeing the horse a stall at the farm when it retires.