Dozens of former racehorses have new homes today after a sale at Presque Isle Downs.

Canter -- a statewide nonprofit -- hosted the event as a way to make sure horses are treated well after their careers on the race track come to an end. The 40 horses were priced to sell, as each cost than 35-hundred dollars. Volunteers say the sale doesn't mark an end for the animals, it's the start of new careers as show horses.

 "These athletes give back so much to all of us here and support our livelihoods," said Justine Howell, a volunteer for Canter. "So when it's time for them to be done in the racing segment of their career, we really want to give them a chance to go on and do something amazing."

Buyers had to sign no-slaughter agreements to make sure the horses weren't sold as livestock.