Join us at the ABR Pre-Preakness Party
The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance has once again been named the beneficiary of Preakness’ most anticipated event: America’s Best Racing’s Pre-Preakness Party. The eighth annual Pre-Preakness Party is set to be held on Wednesday, May 17, at the Mt. Washington Tavern in Baltimore, Maryland.
Organized by America’s Best Racing, this party has become the most popular Preakness week event that is open to everyone. For just $25 each, tickets include secure access to the Sky Bar (2nd floor) at the Mt. Washington Tavern and the following:
- One (1) complimentary drink ticket
- Complimentary snack platters (wings, dips, veggie, cheeses)
- Access to well-known horse racing personalities and handicapping experts
- Networking opportunity among racing enthusiasts
Read the official press release HERE.
Special Handicapping Competition
Eight guest handicappers will select their picks (win, place, show) for both the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes and the Preakness Stakes.
Two renowned racing professionals will choose handicapper selections to back in real life: Aidan Butler, Chief Executive Officer, 1/ST RACING & GAMING, and Mike Rogers, 1/ST RACING Executive Vice President and Maryland Jockey Club Acting President and General Manager.
Aidan and Mike will go head to head and back four handicappers each. All winnings will go towards Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance.
Mike Rogers is a highly accomplished industry executive with a remarkable career spanning over three decades in the Thoroughbred racing industry. Starting from the backstretch of Fort Erie Racetrack, he has actively been involved in nearly every aspect of the sport.
Following a successful tenure as a sports agent representing jockeys in Canada and the United States, Rogers joined Adena Springs in 1998. There, he played a pivotal role in managing one of the world’s foremost Thoroughbred horse breeding and racing operations.
Currently, Rogers serves as Executive Vice President, 1/ST Racing and Acting President & General Manager of The Maryland Jockey Club where he is responsible for overseeing all racing functions, with a focus on enhancing the racing product, industry relations and legislative priorities.
Apart from his industry work, Rogers is a strong advocate for the welfare of horses both during and after their racing careers. He serves on several boards and committees, including: Equibase, National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Thoroughbred Racing Associations (TRA), Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau (TRPB) and the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF). Rogers also currently serves as a trustee of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame and is a member of The Jockey Club of Canada.
In this role, Butler is responsible for the management and oversight of racing operations at 1/ST owned racetracks and training centers. His focus is on implementing and enforcing global best practices and integrity standards for horse and rider safety in collaboration with key industry stakeholders, while aiming to modernize racing operations. To support the shifting landscape of sports wagering, digital platforms and racing content, Butler leads an integrated team of racing and gaming personnel to leverage 1/ST assets, identify new opportunities, and create trailblazing programs to fully capitalize on the future of sports wagering and gaming.
Butler previously served as Chief Operating Officer, 1/ST RACING and as Chief Strategy Officer for The Stronach Group. During a transformative time in horse racing, Butler was responsible for the implementation of industry-leading health and safety protocols for horses and riders at Santa Anita Park. In addition, Butler was responsible for the development of key stakeholder and strategic relationships and leading Santa Anita Park successfully through the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. Always championing the Thoroughbred, and currently owning retired racehorses, Butler proudly joined the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) Board of Directors in 2022.
Originally from England, Butler followed in his grandfather and father’s footsteps to become a licensed bookmaker in the U.K., before relocating to the United States. Butler has extensive experience across a variety of verticals and his expertise has been utilized by numerous organizations in North America and Europe.