Coinciding with E.P. Taylor Stakes Day for the second year, Woodbine Aftercare Day included a dedication to the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA). After the third race on the Oct. 8th card at Woodbine Racetrack, TAA accepted a check for $5,000 from Woodbine Cares.
Additionally, 17 jockeys and 14 jock’s room employees designated a portion of their Saturday earnings, resulting in an additional $6,500 donation to TAA.
Supporting Jockeys: Emma Jayne Wilson, Kirk Johnson, Slade Jones, Luis Contreras, Kazushi Kimura, Daisuke Fukumoto, Sahin Civaci, Skye Chernetz, David Moran, Patrick Husbands, Eswan Flores, Rafael Henandez, Justin Stein, Jeffrey Alderson, Jason Hoyte, Declan Carroll, Doug Gibbons
Supporting Jock’s Room Team Members: Alison Read, Dino Luciani, Paul Ravera, Billy O’Connor, Charlie Nash, Daren Gomez, Nick Kaklikos, Steve O’Brien, Brad Cuthbertson, Shaikh Saeed, Des McMahon, Nick Webb, Tyler Gaskin, Moises Guce
“Woodbine Aftercare Day was a big success for the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance,” said TAA Funding Committee Chair, Yvonne Schwabe. “I’m so grateful to our wonderful jockeys and valets who donated in support of the TAA during Saturday’s festivities. The level of dedication to accredited Thoroughbred aftercare displayed this weekend was overwhelming and incredibly encouraging, and we hope to continue nurturing this partnership for years to come.”
The TAA also hosted the Best Turned Out Horse Awards on E.P. Taylor Stakes Day, sponsored by Josham Farms Limited, providing a cash prize and gift bag to the winning groom of the Best Turned Out Horse for each of the five stakes races on the card: the Woodbine Cares Stakes, Nearctic Stakes (G2T) presented by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, Durham Cup (G3), E.P. Taylor Stakes (G1T), and the Ontario Racing Stakes.
In addition to the Best Turned Out Horse Awards, the TAA presented the Nearctic Stakes (G2T) won by Brendan Walsh trainee CAZADERO and Patrick Husbands for owner Marc Detampel.
Woodbine Aftercare Day TAA Best Turned Out Horse Award Sponsored b y Josham Farms Limited Winners
RACE 3— The Woodbine Cares Stakes
#4 WITCH HAZEL (ON)
Groom: Joel Garcia
Trainer: Katerina Vassilieva
RACE 7— The Nearctic Stakes (G2)
#3 WEDGEWOOD (ON)
Groom: Amanda Cameron
Trainer: Michael Keogh
RACE 8— The Durham Cup (G3)
#7 HOMBRE (ON)
Groom: Ramon Lafond
Trainer: Roger Atfield
RACE 9— The E.P. Taylor Stakes (G1)
#3 MOIRA (ON)
Groom: Peter Lopez
Trainer: Kevin Attard
RACE 10— The Ontario Racing Stakes
#4 KEEN FLATTER (ON)_
Groom: Steve Powell
Trainer: Josie Carroll
PHOTO: Michael Burns (1 & 2)