Thoroughbred Charities of America's Horses First Fund has provided funding for a need-based feed assistance program at Charles Town Racetrack. The program, developed in partnership with Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, Aftercare Charles Town, Charles Town Horsemen's Benevolent Protective Association (HBPA), and Charles Town Southern States, will aid trainers facing economic hardship due to the cancellation of racing. The program will be available for trainers that meet the earnings criteria set forth by the Charles Town HBPA. Qualified trainers will receive a one-time credit redeemable for grain at Charles Town Southern States. The credit amount will be determined by the number of stalls utilized by qualified trainers. A valid Charles Town Races identification must be presentedin order to redeem the credit. The feed assistance program will be managed by the Charles Town HBPA.
“The Charles Town HBPA is honored to have made this connection with TCA,” said Maria Catignani, executive directorof Charles Town HBPA. “Through their kindness we were able to create an equine feed assistance program that provides financial relief to trainers in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. We race here year-round, but in interest of public health and safety racing was shut down so currently trainers have little or no income. We are so grateful for the generosity of TCA and their Horses First Fund.”
Established by LNJ Foxwoods, the Horses First Fund assists Thoroughbreds and their caretakers in need of emergency aid due to large scale neglect, natural disaster, or other catastrophe. To donate to the fund, please visit tca.org.