On Saturday, January 29th, 1/ST will pay special tribute to its 10-year partnership with the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) during the running of the Pegasus World Cup Filly & Mare Turf presented by Pepsi, by naming the Pegasus World Cup’s newest championship race in honor of the organization for its inaugural running. There will also be a special Winners’ Circle check presentation acknowledging the $1 million lifetime donation milestone.
The TAA accredits, inspects, and awards grants to approved aftercare organizations to retrain, retire, and rehome Thoroughbreds using industry-wide funding. Since 2012, the TAA has granted more than $24.5 million to accredited aftercare organizations and 13,700 Thoroughbreds have been retrained, rehomed, or retired by accredited organizations.
“At 1/ST we are committed to achieving the highest level of horse health and safety standards in Thoroughbred racing. We owe a duty of care to the equine athletes who are truly the heart of the sport,” said Nicole Walker, Vice President, 1/ST and TAA Board Member. “As a proud TAA Board Member, I have witnessed the great work the organization does to protect and care for Thoroughbred horses after their racing careers have ended. I am proud to be part of this milestone moment and have seen firsthand how, with an incredible network of accredited partner organizations, the funds received by the TAA quickly and visibly make a big difference.”
“We are honored to partner with 1/ST on this exciting Pegasus World Cup Day. With it being the 10-year anniversary of the TAA, it only makes it that much more special,” said Jeff Bloom, TAA Board President. “1/ST continues to be a vital supporter of the TAA and Thoroughbred aftercare in general, and we are fortunate to showcase the importance of aftercare at this beautiful facility on one of the most exciting race day events of the year.”
1/ST executives and TAA Board Members, Nicole Walker and Aidan Butler, Chief Operating Officer, 1/ST RACING, will be in the Winners’ Circle along with TAA Board President, Jeff Bloom and select TAA member organizations for this special milestone moment.
To further support efforts, representatives from the TAA will be on hand to educate guests about their work and have also been selected as a charitable partner of choice for a merchandise fundraising pop-up curated by Fanticipate.
In addition, the TAA will be recognized as part of the 2022 Pegasus World Cup NBC broadcast from 4:30 – 6:00 P.M. ET on race day, Saturday, January 29th.
For more information about the Pegasus World Cup, visit www.pegasusworldcup.com and follow @PegasusWorldCup on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.