The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) will have a lineup of on-site activations during Preakness, kicking off events on Wednesday with the ABR Pre-Preakness Party.
“The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance has been a valued partner of the Preakness since 2015,” said Maryland Jockey Club Acting President, Mike Rogers. “We at 1/ST and the Maryland Jockey Club look forward to bringing aftercare to the forefront of the Preakness for many years to come. The good work done by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance is absolutely vital to ensuring the safety of our equine athletes and the longevity of the sport.”
“As the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, the Preakness is the perfect place to bring the conversation of aftercare to the forefront,” said TAA President, Jeffrey Bloom. “The partnership between the Maryland Jockey Club and the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance is invaluable in forwarding the TAA’s mission. I’m excited to be in attendance to represent the TAA as its 2022 board president and am grateful to continue the TAA’s many traditions at Pimlico.”
Kicking off with the America’s Best Racing (ABR) Pre-Preakness Party with proceeds to benefit the TAA is Wednesday, May 18 at 7 pm ET at Mt. Washington Tavern in Baltimore, Maryland. Tickets are still available online for $25 and will be available at the door for $35–tickets include (1) drink ticket, complimentary hors devours, access to an exclusive silent auction, and more.
The TAA will present a race on the Black-Eyed Susan undercard. Race 3, the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Race goes off at 12:32 pm ET on Friday, May 20, 2022. A presentation of a TAA blanket and swag bag will be made to the winning connections following the running of the race.
The field of 14 is set to go 1 1/16 miles on the turf in the $58,000 allowance race. Horses representing TAA-supporting breeders, owners, and trainers entered in the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Race include:
#10 NEVER EXPLAIN bred by Hidden Brook Farm & Godolphin
On Saturday, Preakness Day, the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance will present Race 11, the Sir Barton Stakes Sponsored by Brandon and Diannah Perry to Benefit the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance. Post time for the race is 4:53 pm ET and will be followed by a presentation of a TAA blanket and swag bag to the winning connections, as well as a check presentation to the TAA from Paragon Farms.
Ten three-year-old’s will make their bid on the dirt going 1 1/16 miles for the $100,000 purse. Horses representing TAA-supporting breeders, owners, and trainers entered in the Sir Barton Stakes Sponsored by Brandon and Diannah Perry to Benefit the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance include:
#5 B DAWK owned in-part by West Point Thoroughbreds and trained by Doug O’Neill
#7 GOOD SKATE bred by Brereton Jones
#8 UNIKEE bred by Brereton Jones
#9 BROOKLYN DIAMONDS owned in-part by Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables LLC, Siena Farm LLC
On both Black-Eyed Susan and Preakness day the TAA will host the Best Turned Out Awards in the Pimlico Race Course winner’s circle for each race. Additionally, a TAA information table will be set up in the grandstand to allow patrons the opportunity to donate and learn more about accredited aftercare.
TAA supporters 1/ST Racing and Pimlico Race Course will promote aftercare awareness throughout the race day.
Photo: Jimmy McCue