Rick Schosberg on Advocacy and Aftercare

NYRA/Adam Coglianese photo

NYRA/Adam Coglianese photo

On a recent Saturday morning at Belmont Park, trainer Rick Schosberg sat in his office, his dozen or so horses in their stalls after morning training. Within minutes, his attention is needed again, not by his barn staff or one of his horses, but by another trainer with a horse whose racing days have come to an end.

“I got one for you,” the trainer said, and Schosberg switched seamlessly from trainer of horses to administrator of Take the Lead, the backstretch equine retirement program of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, on whose board Schosberg sits and for which he serves as secretary/treasurer.

Since being elected to the board five years ago, Schosberg has been as active a presence in boardrooms and the state legislature as he has been on the backstretch. The trainer of graded stakes winners Maria’s Mon (the 1995 2-year-old champion), As Indicated, Mossflower, Affirmed Success, and Giant Moon feels an obligation to serve the people and the animals that have made his success possible.

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