Friends of Ferdinand Inc.

The organization is named in memory of the magnificent Ferdinand, the 1986 Kentucky Derby Champion, Breeders’ Cup Classic winner and 1987 Horse of the Year who earned more than $4 million during his career. In 1989 he was retired from racing and exported to Japan to stand at stud. Tragically, a few years later, Ferdinand was slaughtered for human consumption. Racehorses are often at-risk for abuse, neglect and slaughter when their racing careers have ended. Friends of Ferdinand provides programs to rehome, rescue, rehabilitate, re-train, and adopt racehorses retiring from Midwest racetracks.