Canter for a Cause Returns to Pimlico to Benefit TAA for Third Year

Legendary Pimlico Race Course will once again play host to the popular Canter for a Cause Sunday, Oct. 30, 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 AM to 3 PM, rain or shine. Registration is $60 per trip, with proceeds going to benefit the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA).

Entries will be taken in four groups – Seabiscuit (walk, trot, canter, and gallop), Secretariat (walk, trot, and slow canter), War Admiral (walk and trot) and Ben’s Cat (lead line). Each registrant will be assigned a ride time, requests to ride with friends should be made in advance. Participants will also have their picture taken by the official track photographer in the winner’s circle.

All horses must have proof of a negative Coggins test within 12 months. All riders must sign a waiver and wear approved helmets, and riders under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. No colts, stallions, or ridglings are allowed.

Pimlico is the second-oldest racetrack in the country, opened in 1870. Known as Old Hilltop and home of the Preakness Stakes (G1), Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown, Pimlico has seen such stars as War Admiral, Affirmed, Curlin, Rachel Alexandra, Gallorette, and Smarty Jones race over its main track.

Registration closes Monday, Oct. 24 at 5 PM. Don’t wait, space is limited, and the entry deadline is firm.

To register and pay by credit card, call the Pimlico Ticket Office at 877-206-8042 or click here.

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Photo: Jerry D Photography