LEXINGTON, KY — It was a great weekend for Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance as the Official Aftercare Partner of the 40th running of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. The Breeders’ Cup continues to strengthen its partnership with Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance through many activations, including named races on both Friday and Saturday.
On Friday, The FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Juvenile presented by Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (G1) was won by FIERCENESS. FIERCENESS was ridden by John Velazquez, trained by Todd Pletcher, with owner/breeder Repole Stable.
On Saturday, the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Stakes (G2) was won by SALESMAN (IRE). SALESMAN was ridden by Flavien Prat, trained by Richard Mandella, with owner/breeder Wertheimer et Frere.
“Our company takes immense pride in its support for Thoroughbred aftercare and the transition to second careers for our equine athletes. We will continue to highlight the hard work that the industry is putting forth both during and after their careers on the track,” stated Andrew Moore, General Manager of Racing for FanDuel Group.
set up both days on-site alongside California Retirement Management Account (CARMA). Fans and participants were able to meet a retrained Thoroughbred, Red King, who was on-site over the weekend. NBC host, Donna Brothers, even stopped by to do a special feature on Red King which was highlighted on-air over the weekend. Fans were able to stop by the booth and answer questions about second careers, and it was a great opportunity to highlight accredited aftercare.
VIP guests from the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance “Off to the Races” campaign joined the weekend, and even were able to do the call to post for the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance race and join in the winner’s circle presentations for both named races.
Another highlight included support from FanDuel. FanDuel honored Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance with a check presentation with a $100,000 donation on Thursday, prior to The FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Juvenile presented by Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (G1).
All of the charities from Breeders’ Cup 40 Days of Giving were also honored in the winner’s circle on Sunday with a check presentation for the generous campaign conducted by Breeders’ Cup.
“We express our gratitude to Breeders’ Cup, Santa Anita, and FanDuel for once again shining a spotlight on Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance. Our participation in this event underscores showcases our commitment to accredited Thoroughbred aftercare and the racing community. It was wonderful to have the presence of a former Breeders’ Cup contender, Red King, as a representative for all retired racehorses. It is important to show the public that racehorses can achieve great success in alternative careers once their racing careers come to an end. We look forward to continuing to celebrate all Thoroughbreds and our relationship with Breeders’ Cup and FanDuel in the future,” said Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, Operations Consultant, Stacie Clark.
Overall, it was an excellent weekend of racing to be involved in, and a great opportunity to emphasize the importance of accredited aftercare following the racing career of these incredible athletes.
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.
About FanDuel Group
FanDuel Group is an innovative sports-tech entertainment company that is changing the way consumers engage with their favorite sports, teams, and leagues. The premier mobile gaming destination in the United States, FanDuel Group consists of a portfolio of leading brands across sports betting, iGaming, horse racing, advance-deposit wagering, daily fantasy sports. In addition, FanDuel Group operates FanDuel TV its broadly distributed linear cable television and leading direct-to-consumer OTT platform. FanDuel Group has a presence across all 50 states with approximately 17 million customers and 25 retail locations. The company is based in New York with offices in Los Angeles, Atlanta and Jersey City, as well as in Canada, Scotland, Ireland, Portugal, Romania and Australia. FanDuel Group is a subsidiary of Flutter Entertainment plc, (LON: FLTR) the world’s largest sports betting and gaming operator with a portfolio of globally recognized brands.