TAA at Virginia Derby Day

The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) is hosting the Best Turned Out Horse Awards in partnership with the Virginia Horsemen’s Benevolent Protection Agency (VHBPA) and Colonial Downs during Virginia Derby Day. For a third year, VHBPA sponsored the groom cash prize during the Tuesday September 6, 2022 race card.

A cash prize and TAA gift bag will be presented to the winning groom of the Best Turned Out Horse for the six stakes races on the card.

Representatives from the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, VHBPA, and Colonial Downs will select the horse in each race that was deemed to be the best presented, and that horse’s groom will receive a gift bag and cash prize. The winning groom will be congratulated on the live simulcast feed.

Stay tuned for live updates all day on the winners of the TAA Best Turned Out Horse Awards Sponsored by Virginia HBPA.


Virginia Derby Day Best Turned Out Horse Award Winners

RACE 4— The Hidden Figures Overnight Handicap

Groom: Jorge Gonzalez
Trainer: Steve Asmussen


RACE 6— The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Kitten’s Joy Stakes

Groom: Gervin Hernandez
Trainer: Phil Schoenthal
Breeder: Godolphin


RACE 7—The 16th Running of The Woodford Reserve Da Hoss Stakes

Groom: Octavio Rodriguez
Trainer: Michael Lovell


RACE 8—The 3rd Running of The Exacta Systems Rosie’s Stakes

Groom: Louis Solario
Trainer: Michael J. Trombetta


RACE 9— The 13th Running of The Woodford Reserve Virginia Oaks 

Groom: Jesus Catalun
Trainer: H. Graham Motion


RACE 10— The 19th Running of The New Kent County (Grade III) Virginia Derby

Groom: Bernie Sanchez
Trainer: H. Graham Motion