LEXINGTON, KY — During the recent festivities at Saratoga, Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance made a resounding impact, solidifying its presence and eliciting a remarkable show of attention and support from both the enthusiastic racing community and a wider audience.
Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance was proudly showcased as the Community Partner of the day by the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) during the Grade 1 $1 million Whitney Stakes Day. Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance was able to highlight their mission and commitment to the welfare and second careers of retired Thoroughbred racehorses through accredited aftercare.
Throughout the two weeks in Saratoga, Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance made a significant impact through multiple avenues:
- NYRA’s Community Outreach Booth showcased Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance’s efforts and accomplishments in supporting retired racehorses and promoting their transition to post-racing careers.
- Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance was honored with the distinction of having two named races on August 5 and August 6, drawing attention to their vital work.
- Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance’s mission received a significant boost when James and Shari Ough displayed their generosity through a substantial donation of $25,000. This contribution served to reinforce the organization’s efforts and impact on the industry through accredited aftercare.
- Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance facilitated a memorable experience for the winners of the VIP package in the Off to the Races VIP Experience Auction, donated by NYRA and the National Racing Hall of Fame, providing an exclusive insight into the world of Thoroughbred racing and accredited aftercare at the renowned Saratoga racetrack.
- As part of their commitment to maintaining the highest standards and practices, Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance visited various facilities in Saratoga to assess accreditation requirements, ensuring the well-being of retired racehorses.
- Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance held their annual in-person board meeting, where the board convened to discuss strategies for advancing the organization’s goals.
- An additional highlight was the evening hosted by the David Cassidy Legacy Group, where attendees gathered to celebrate the accomplishments and stories within aftercare and the racing industry.
- Stacie Clark, Operations Consultant for Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, addressed the Racing and Gaming Conference at Saratoga, shedding light on the significance of accredited aftercare and Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance’s mission.
Finally, Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance extends its heartfelt gratitude to all who donated, with a special thank you to those within the racing community that came together and made donations in honor of Maple Leaf Mel, underscoring the collective dedication to supporting a safe landing for future Thoroughbreds.
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.