LEXINGTON, KY — Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance will be on-site in Saratoga for a variety of activations in August during the weekend of the Grade 1, $1 million Whitney and the subsequent week of the Fasig-Tipton yearling sales.
The 96th running of the Whitney will be held at Saratoga Race Course on Saturday, August 5, 2023. New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will feature Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance as its Community Partner of the Day. Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance will be on-site all day at NYRA’s Community Outreach Booth to share information on accredited aftercare. Branded merchandise will be available in exchange for a donation, including a limited-edition Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance “Saratoga” t-shirt sponsored by Repole Stable featuring a unique design by artist and supporter Ellen Skidmore. Learn more about the NYRA Community Booth here: nyra.com/saratoga/visit/community-booth.
“With so many events and industry participants in town for the Saratoga meet, it is a fantastic opportunity for Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance to be on-site and connect with supporters, partners, and some of our local accredited organizations,” said Jeffrey Bloom, Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance President. “We look forward to continuing to share the mission of accredited aftercare with racing fans and we value all of our partnerships and supporters that give us the platform to do so during this premiere meet.”
Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance will be honored with two named races to highlight accredited aftercare—one on Saturday, August 5, and the other on Sunday, August 6. Following the running of the race, a presentation will be made to the winning connections including a branded blanket and swag bag. Exact race times to be announced. In addition, Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance will be honored with a generous donation of $25,000 from James and Shari Ough. The check presentation will be made during the running of the named race on Saturday, August 5.
Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance will also facilitate guests on Whitney day from one of the VIP experiences auctioned off earlier this year in the “Off to the Races” campaign, promoting aftercare awareness. Winners from the VIP experience will enjoy a special track tour, a tour of the Saratoga Racing Museum and Hall of Fame, and a day of racing with paddock passes and winner’s circle access during the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance race. This experience was generously donated by NYRA and the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.
Fasig-Tipton, another longstanding supporting partner, is set to hold the Saratoga sale featuring selected yearlings on August 7-8. Representatives from Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance will be on-site to meet with consignors, buyers, and other supporters and racing fans.
While in Saratoga, Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance will visit accredited facilities for inspections as part of the accreditation standards and practices. Staff will also meet with trainers, owners, and other supporters throughout the week. Board members of Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance will convene for an annual board meeting on Thursday, August 10.
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.