The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) has partnered with StarLadies Racing to present the Best Turned Out Horse Awards as part of the Hooves & Heels event on Black-Eyed Susan Day May 18, 2018 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md.
StarLadies Racing, an all-female racing partnership that exclusively buys and races fillies, will sponsor a $100 cash prize and gift bag to be given to the winning groom of the Best Turned Out Horse for each race on the card.
The TAA has presented these awards with StarLadies Racing the past several years with great success. Guest judges will select the horse in each race that is deemed to be the best presented, and that horse’s groom will receive a gift bag and cash prize. The TAA will promote the winners on its social media platforms.
“We are thrilled to again partner with the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and to have the opportunity to support the great work they do for the stars of our sport, the horses, beyond their racing careers,” said Laurie Wolf, StarLadies Racing managing partner. “It is also an honor to be able to acknowledge and appreciate the hard work that the grooms put in every day. We are all looking forward to another wonderful Black-Eyed Susan Day!”
The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that accredits, inspects, and awards grants to approved aftercare organizations to retire, retrain, and rehome Thoroughbreds using industry-wide funding. Funded initially by seed money from Breeders’ Cup Ltd., The Jockey Club, and Keeneland Association Inc., the TAA is supported by owners, trainers, breeders, racetracks, aftercare professionals, and other industry groups. Since 2012, the TAA has granted more than $10.8 million to accredited aftercare organizations.
Launched in 2013, StarLadies Racing was the brainchild of Barbara Lucarelli and Laurie Wolf, two of the founding partners in Starlight Racing. Barbara and Laurie thought it would be fun (and, hopefully, rewarding!) to have a small partnership composed of a few fillies and a few great women so that they could enjoy their passion for racing with other like-minded women. To learn more, visit StarLadiesRacing.com.