Lexington, KY ‘ April 28, 2014 ‘ The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) has joined the growing list of Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Foundation (TAA) supporters. Beginning with the Belmont Park spring meet, which opens Thursday, owners competing on the New York Racing Association (NYRA) circuit will donate $5 per start to the TAA, it was announced today. The tax-deductible donations are expected to total $100,000 per year .

‘The TAA is less than two years old, and already so many members of the racing and breeding industries have stepped forward to help us get closer to our goal of providing a long-term plan for Thoroughbred aftercare,’ said TAA Board President Jack Wolf. ‘We want to thank the New York horsemen, and their president, Rick Violette, for adding their support to this important initiative. Because of the enthusiastic response from the owners, breeders and trainers, as well as the stud farms, sales companies and racetracks, what we envisioned in 2012 is approaching reality more quickly than we could have imagined.’

‘Five dollars per start is a small price to pay to ensure that our racehorses are well cared for when they retire from the track,’ said NYTHA President Rick Violette Jr., who is also on the Board of the TAA. ‘New York’s horsemen have always taken this responsibility very seriously, demonstrating their commitment to equine aftercare by creating the TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program and TAKE THE LEAD Thoroughbred Retirement Program. Joining the TAA is a natural extension of our efforts on behalf of the horses. We are pleased to be able to support an organization that has, in a very short time, had a profound impact on the lives of retired racehorses.’

Based in Lexington, Ky., the TAA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization designed to serve as both an accrediting body for aftercare facilities that care for Thoroughbreds following the conclusion of their racing careers, and a fundraising body to support these approved facilities. Funded initially by seed money from Breeders’ Cup, Ltd., The Jockey Club, and Keeneland Association, the TAA is comprised of and supported by owners, trainers, breeders, racetracks, jockeys, aftercare professionals and other industry groups. The American Humane Association and American Association of Equine Practitioners have approved TAA’s Code of Standards and accreditation process. In December 2013, TAA awarded $1,000,000 to 23 accredited organizations managing 80 aftercare facilities across the U.S. and Canada. To apply for accreditation, or to support the TAA, please visit or call 859-224-2756.

The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association represents the owners and trainers racing at NYRA tracks, providing benevolence to the backstretch community, safeguarding horsemen’s financial interests and supporting equine aftercare and research. For more information, go to