Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance

Pimlico Hosts Canter For a Cause

Over 260 riders and their mounts from throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and farther afield cantered, walked and trotted across Pimlico Race Course Sunday, to raise awareness and money for the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) as part of Canter for a Cause. The event, sponsored by the Maryland Jockey Club, saw registered riders go out in one of four groups between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to take their horse around Pimlico, as well as walk through the starting gate and get their picture taken in the winner's circle. "The Thoroughbred...

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New Vocations Launches 12th Annual Breeders' Cup Pledge

Edited Press Release New Vocations has launched its 12th annual Breeders' Cup Pledge, in which connections of Breeders' Cup contenders pledge a percentage of their Championship earnings to support the charity's mission to rehabilitate, retrain and rehome retired racehorses. To date, the pledge has raised over $800,000 to support the nation's oldest and largest racehorse adoption program. "This event has become one of our most important annual fundraisers," said Anna Ford, New Vocations Thoroughbred Program Director. "Providing proper aftercare for these amazing athletes is a must, and we have been...

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'Canter For A Cause' Returns to Pimlico

Edited Press Release Pimlico Race Course will once again play host to the popular Canter for a Cause Sunday, Oct. 10, giving the public an opportunity to walk, trot, canter or gallop their favorite horse or pony on the same track that has hosted legends like Seabiscuit and Secretariat. Sponsored by the Maryland Jockey Club, Canter for a Cause is scheduled to run from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Registration is $50 per trip, with proceeds going to benefit the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance. Entries will be taken in four groups--Seabiscuit (walk, trot,...

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Hagyard Partners with TCA in Race to Give

The "Race to Give," an online giving and awareness program to support Thoroughbred aftercare was launched Wednesday by Hagyard Equine Medical Institute and Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA). RaceToGive.org is its website and central hub. "2021 marks our 145th anniversary of caring for the equine industry," said Dr. Luke Fallon, DVM, of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. "These equine athletes have given us so much over the last century and a half. Our veterinarians created the Race to Give to demonstrate our appreciation.  Leading an effort to support the critical area of...

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TAA to be On-Site at the NHC

The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) will be on-site to promote aftercare awareness at the NTRA National Horseplayers Championship (NHC) Aug. 27-29 at Bally's Las Vegas. Horseplayers will be able to connect with TAA representatives, learn more about accredited Thoroughbred aftercare, enter drawings for select racing experiences, take home racing memorabilia, and donate to the TAA. "We are delighted to once again partner with the TAA to raise awareness and funds for Thoroughbred aftercare at this year's NHC," said NTRA COO Keith Chamblin. "Many horseplayers competing at the national championship look...

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TAA Featured Whitney Week

A series of events will highlight the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) Aug. 7-8 at Saratoga Race Course, according to The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA). On Saturday, the non-profit organization will be featured at the NYRA Community Booth, where fans will be able to learn about the organization's mission, and to make a donation in exchange for a Remi Bellocq cartoon t-shirt and a variety of racing items like saddle towels and goggles. Fans can also make a donation to the TAA throughout the Saratoga meet when cashing a...

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Breeders' Cup Launches Horseplayers Happy Hour

The HorsePlayers Happy Hour Tour, hosted by In the Money Media, will begin Thursday, Apr. 8, at 3:00 p.m. ET, Breeders' Cup announced in a press release. The HorsePlayers Tour will coincide with the HorsePlayers Happy Hour livestream, featuring ITMM's Matt Bernier, Peter Fornatale and Jonathon Kinchen. Each week fans at home can play along with the ITMM team for a chance to earn tour points and qualify for the season-ending playoffs. One $10,000 Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge seat will be awarded to the player that finishes first on the...

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TAA Well Represented Over Derby Prep Weekend

The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) will be featured on two big race days at Gulfstream Park and Turfway Park Saturday to promote aftercare awareness on the undercard of the GIII Jeff Ruby Steaks and the GI Curlin Florida Derby. A presentation of a TAA blanket and swag bag to the winning connections will be made following the running of each race. Gulfstream's Race 2 presented by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance will go off at 11:59 a.m. A limited number of patrons will be in attendance for the action-packed Florida Derby...

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The Deputy Rescued from TX Kill Pen

The Deputy (Ire) (Petardia {GB}), winner of the 2000 GI Santa Anita Derby and second choice in that year's GI Kentucky Derby, was rescued from a kill pen in Texas earlier this month by his old connections, Barry Irwin's Team Valor, Gary Barber and trainer Jenine Sahadi. The 24-year-old, who had stood stud in several states, was reportedly bought cheaply in Iowa and sent to a feedlot north of Dallas, at which point word quickly spread on the internet and made its way to The Deputy's past connections. By utilizing...

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Gulfstream to Host Canter for the Cause

Gulfstream Park will offer owners and fans the chance to walk trot or canter their horses across the track when it hosts its second Canter for the Cause Mar. 15. All participants will have a chance to have their pictures taken in the winner's circle by Gulfstream Park. Registration is $50 and all proceeds from the event will go to Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that inspects and awards grants to approved aftercare organizations to retrain, retire, and rehome Thoroughbreds using industry-wide funding. "This was such a well-received...

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TAA Accreditation Application Available

Edited Press Release The 2021 application for accreditation by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance is now available on OpenWater and can be accessed through ThoroughbredAftercare.org/Accreditation. Thoroughbred aftercare nonprofits interested in applying must complete the application by Apr. 1 at 6 p.m. ET. Since TAA accreditation is only granted for a specific period of time, organizations with accreditation status ending in 2021 that want to remain accredited need to re-apply. Accreditation status is determined after a complete review of five areas of an aftercare organization: operations, education, horse health care management, facility...

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Bell Elected TAA President

The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance board of directors elected James Bell as president for the 2021 term and elected new board members at its meeting Dec. 14. Bell, president and racing manager of Godolphin, served as TAA president in 2014. He has held various positions on industry and community boards, including the The Jockey Club, Keeneland Association, Fayette Alliance, Thoroughbred Club of America, and Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association. "Seemingly, you can step aside but not away from an organization so meaningful and impactful as the TAA," Bell said. "We've...

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