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Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance On-Site for Preakness Week

Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance On-Site for Preakness Week


LEXINGTON, KY — Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance will be on-site this year at Pimlico Race Course for the week leading up to Preakness 149 on Saturday, May 18, 2024. The Preakness is a Grade I race that spans a distance of 1 3/16 miles and serves as the second leg of the Triple Crown. With the combined efforts from 1/ST RACING, Maryland Jockey Club, America’s Best Racing, and Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, accredited aftercare will be promoted with several on-site activations throughout the week.

The 9th annual America’s Best Racing (ABR) Pre-Preakness Party to benefit Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation will be held at Mt. Washington Tavern in Baltimore, Maryland on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, at 7 PM EDT. The evening will consist of networking, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, guest analyst handicappers, and a silent auction. All proceeds of the auction, which will be both online and in person, will benefit Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance. Tickets can be purchased and you can register for the auction here:

On Friday, May 17, Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance will be recognized with a named race sponsored by Hallway Feeds on the undercard of Black-Eyed Susan Day. Following the running of the race, a presentation will be made to the winning connections including a branded blanket and gift bag.

On Saturday, May 28, Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance will present the Sir Barton Stakes sponsored by Brandon and Diannah Perry of Paragon Farms and Newgate Realty. Paragon Farms, founded by Thoroughbred owners and breeders, Brandon and Diannah Perry, entered into an agreement to annually donate $100,000 to Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance as the title sponsor of the Sir Barton Stakes for three consecutive years beginning with the Preakness 147. After the running of the race, a presentation will be made to the winning connections, including a branded blanket and gift bag, as well as a check presentation made to Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance from Paragon Farms.

“Maryland Jockey Club and 1/ST RACING is proud to be partnered with Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, and we are very excited to have them back once again for Preakness 149,” said Mike Rogers, 1/ST RACING Executive Vice President and Maryland Jockey Club Acting President and General Manager. “Through the promotion of accredited aftercare throughout the race weekend, we hope to garner support from race fans.”

The Grade II George E. Mitchell Black-Eyed Susan Day has a post time of 5:44 PM EDT on Friday. The Preakness Stakes has a post time of 7:01 PM EDT on Saturday. On both days, Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance will host the Best Turned Out Horse Awards in the Pimlico Race Course winner’s circle for each race sponsored by Hallway Feeds on Friday and Fidelity First on Saturday.

Additionally, a representative from Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance will be present to host the winners of the “Off to the Races” VIP Experience online benefit auction. This exciting VIP experience was generously donated by 1/ST RACING, America’s Best Racing, and Mt. Washington Tavern. The winners will enjoy a table for four in the Turfside Terrace on Black Eyed Susan Day and Preakness Day, tickets to the ABR Pre-Preakness Party, access to the winner’s circle, and much more.

Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance will have a booth on the first level of the grandstand on Friday and Saturday, where race fans and participants can learn more about accredited aftercare. Branded merchandise and race memorabilia will be gifted in exchange for donations.

“Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance is thrilled to be a part of Preakness 149,” said Emily Dresen, Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Director of Funding & Events. “We appreciate all opportunities from ABR, Maryland Jockey Club, and 1/ST RACING to promote accredited aftercare, as well as the ongoing support from the racing industry.”

Photo Credit: Katie Jones

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 $31.9 million to accredited aftercare organizations. Currently 86 aftercare organizations comprised of approximately 180 facilities across North America have been granted accreditation. To learn more about Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, visit



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