LEXINGTON, KY — Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance will be present at Pimlico Race Course for the annual Canter for a Cause charity event on Sunday, October 29, 2023. Sponsored by the Maryland Jockey Club, Canter for a Cause is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT rain or shine, with all proceeds going to Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance.
Canter for a Cause is an annual event that gives riders the opportunity to ride their personal horse on a racetrack. The event serves as an excellent opportunity to promote second careers for Thoroughbreds and put accredited aftercare at the forefront, with Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance being the sole beneficiary of the event. A representative from Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance will be on-site at the event to answer questions about life after racing and accredited aftercare.
Entries will be taken in four groups: Seabiscuit (walk, trot, canter, and gallop); Secretariat (walk, trot, and slow canter); War Admiral (walk and trot); and Ben’s Cat (lead line). Each participant will be assigned a ride time based on his or her group, and requests to ride with friends should be made in advance. All riders will have the opportunity to get a picture taken by the official track photographer, Jim McCue, in the Winner’s Circle.
“Maryland Jockey Club is honored to host Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance at the Canter for a Cause event for another consecutive year,” said Georganne Hale, Vice President of Racing Development at the Maryland Jockey Club. “Our shared commitment to Thoroughbred aftercare ensures that retired racehorse have access to resources necessary to ensure a bright new future once they are done racing.”
The registration deadline for Canter for a Cause is Monday, October 23, 2023, at 5 p.m. EDT. Space is limited and the entry deadline is firm, so it is suggested that anyone interested register as soon as possible. Entries may be submitted online: www.pimlico.com/canter-for-a-cause.
About Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance
Based in Lexington, KY, Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that accredits, inspects, and awards grants to approved aftercare organizations to retrain, retire, and rehome Thoroughbreds using industry-wide funding. Along with continued funding from its original partners Breeders’ Cup, The Jockey Club, and Keeneland Association, Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance is supported by owners, trainers, breeders, racetracks, aftercare professionals, and other industry members. Since inception in 2012, Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance has granted more than $28.1 million to accredited aftercare organizations. Currently 81 aftercare organizations comprised of approximately 180 facilities across North America have been granted accreditation. To learn more about Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, visit ThoroughbredAftercare.org.