Power Up Paynter was purchased by MyRacehorse for $100,000 out of the 2019 OBS June 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale, where he breezed an eighth of a mile in :10 1/5. 


The powerfully built son of Paynter made his debut just a month later at Saratoga and ran a total of 16 times for MyRacehorse before he was ultimately retired following surgery to repair a complete, but nondisplaced lateral condylar fracture. 


“Retirement is the right course of action,” trainer Linda Rice said at the time. “He has been a fun horse to race, but given his age and history of injuries, we think it is prudent to find him a new career.”


Luckily, Power Up Paynter was accepted into the New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program and settled in nicely at their upstate New York facility. 


After Power Up Paynter’s arrival at New Vocations, the 4-year-old gelding immediately became a favorite among the staff, including Amanda Vance, the manager and head horse trainer at the facility. Even without having the knowledge that his nickname was “Pup” on the racetrack, Vance and her team assigned him with that endearment on his very first day there.


“Pup’s liking the attention from everyone,” Vance told our team. “He’s enjoying his horse cookies and likes to nap, which shows me he is feeling very comfortable here.”


For Vance, Pup’s arrival at New Vocations sparked memories of her time working at a New York equine clinic, where Power Up Paynter’s sire, Paynter, was being treated for a severe bout of colitis.


“When I saw Power Up Paynter’s name on the list of horses coming to New Vocations, I was very excited and said to my staff, ‘I want this horse!’”, Vance said. “I knew Paynter very well and during his time at the clinic, the hashtag #poweruppaynter became very familiar on social media.”


Following several weeks of turnout time and a veterinarian recheck, including radiographs to ensure he has healed well from his surgery, the New York-bred was eased into a very gentle exercise routine to regain fitness.


During that time, Amanda and her staff assessed Power Up Paynter, from both a personality and physical standpoint, to determine what potential riding discipline would best suit him, which then allowed them to place him in the optimal adoptive home.


That assessment proved incredibly helpful as Power Up Payner was adopted by his new family and has since been having a great time learning a second career with his new owner, Mary Reid.


“Pup is such a fabulous guy, I really love him,” Mary told us. “He is like an old soul and is the same if he is ridden daily or once every other week.”


After moving to a new barn, Pup was flourishing with the added amenities of a lighted ring, grass fields of jumps and a turf track that winds through corn fields. Mary told MyRacehorse he is up for anything!


“Last spring I took him to our first dressage show, for both of us, and we placed third with a very respectable 68 score,” she said.


Mary assured us that everyone who comes in contact with him loves Pup. He even has two young girls at Mary’s barn who love exercising him for her!


Once again, MyRacehorse is thankful for New Vocations and their staff for doing a wonderful job in rehoming our retired racehorses. We’re overjoyed to be able to share these images with you from his new home and look forward to what the future holds for him and Mary.