The 52nd annual Eclipse Awards hosted by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association commenced at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla Thursday evening, Jan. 26. As the Official Charity Partner, the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) was commemorated throughout the awards celebration. NTRA concluded the evening by announcing a $10,000 donation to the TAA.
“The work and mission of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance is vital to the growth and success of our industry,” said NTRA President and CEO Tom Rooney. “NTRA is grateful for the care and due diligence provided by the TAA each and every day to support our retired racehorses and we encourage everyone to join us in supporting their cause.”
TAA Operations Consultant, Stacie Clark Rogers and 1/ST RACING Executive Vice President and Maryland Jockey Club Acting President and General Manager, Mike Rogers presented both the Champion Female Sprinter award to Goodnight Olive (trainer: Chad Brown; owners: First Row Partners & Team Haney; jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr.) and the Champion Male Sprinter award to Elite Power (trainer: William Mott; owner: Juddmonte; jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr.).
“It’s an honor to be a representative of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and be a part of presenting this monumental achievement to the Eclipse Award winners of the Male and Female Sprinters,” said Stacie Clark Rogers. “Having the support of industry partners like NTRA is essential to the continued growth of the TAA and the level of positive change we can effect on our 81 accredited organizations.”
NTRA further elevated the aftercare presence at the awards by playing a condensed version of the TAA’s short film “Celebrating Ten Years.”
Additionally, NTRA coordinated a Sip, Shop, and Support event at Lilly Pulitzer where TAA received 10% of proceeds from the day’s sales and raffled off a hand-painted Lilly Pulitzer purse with all proceeds to benefit the TAA.