Private Vow

Private Vow (April 19, 2003 – July 22, 2020) was a thoroughbred race horse. As a foal of 2003, he was a possible contender for the Triple Crown in 2006.

Private Vow
SireBroken Vow
DamSmooth as Silk
DamsireDeputy Minister
FoaledApril 19, 2003
DiedJuly 22, 2020
CountryUnited States
ColourDark Bay
BreederMr. & Mrs. R. Witt & Mr. & Mrs. L. Scattaglia (KY)
OwnerMike McCarty
TrainerSteve Asmussen
Record12: 4-1-2
Major wins
Futurity Stakes (2005)
Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (2005)
Last updated on 17 December 2020


Private Vow's sire is Broken Vow, who in 2001 won four stakes races (including graded wins at Keeneland and Monmouth Park) and finished either second or third in four other stakes. His dam, Smooth as Silk, had two wins from eight starts for trainer Bobby Frankel.

Private Vow's damsire was the Canadian-bred champion Deputy Minister.

Racing careerEdit

Owned by Mike McCarty and primarily trained by Steve Asmussen, Private Vow won two Grade 2 stakes races as a two-year-old in 2005, but fared poorly in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile that year. He placed 15th in the 2006 Kentucky Derby and was retired after a 7th-place finish in a listed stakes race at the Fair Grounds in 2007.[1]


Following his retirement, Private Vow stood as a stallion at Red River Farms in Louisiana. He was then sold to a farm in South Korea to stand starting with the 2015 breeding season.[2]


In December 2020 it was learned through public record searches that Private Vow was killed at a slaughterhouse in South Korea on July 22, 2020.[3] The animal rights organization PETA, citing multiple Korean databases, claimed that four of Private Vow's offspring - two fillies and two colts - were killed similarly in 2019 and 2020, respectively.[3][4]

In response to PETA's announcement, major US racetrack operator Stronach Group has called on banning the sale of North American thoroughbreds to South Korean interests.[2][4] Both PETA and Stronach have requested that the Korean Racing Authority (KRA) provide better safeguards for retired racehorses.[3][4] The KRA later released a statement saying that they have established guidelines for retired racehorses that are communicated on a regular basis, including the operation of a retirement program and an equine welfare committee. They emphasized that no horse is imported to Korea for slaughter purposes, adding that "...the right to dispose (of horses) belong to owners and are not subject to external intervention."[5]

According to The Blood-Horse, the KRA lists Private Vow's date of death as September 22, 2020.[2]


  1. ^ "Horse Profile for Private Vow". Retrieved 17 December 2020.
  2. ^ a b c Mitchell, Eric; Crosby, Claire (16 December 2020). "Stronach Group Urges South Korean Sales Ban". The Blood-Horse. Retrieved 17 December 2020.
  3. ^ a b c Cherwa, John (16 December 2020). "Two groups want to ban sale of racehorses to South Korean interests". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 17 December 2020.
  4. ^ a b c "The Stronach Group Joins in Urging the Racing Industry to Ban Racehorse Sales to South Korea After PETA Exposé" (Press release). Norfolk, Va.: PETA. 16 December 2020. Retrieved 17 December 2020.
  5. ^ "Korea Racing Authority Responds To Equine Welfare Critiques, Restricting Imports Due To COVID Uncertainty". 21 December 2020. Retrieved 22 December 2020.