LEXINGTON, KY — The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance will be present this year at Churchill Downs during Kentucky Derby Week for a variety of exciting events culminating in the running of the 149th Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve which takes place on Saturday, May 6, 2023.
It is announced that the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance will be recognized with a named race on the undercard of Champions Day. Champions Day is a celebration of Thoroughbred racing history, and will be held during Kentucky Derby Week on Wednesday, May 3, 2023. Following the running of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance race, a presentation will be made to the winning connections including a branded blanket and swag bag.
“Churchill Downs is proud to utilize Champions Day as a platform to recognize heroes of thoroughbred racing. We look forward to promoting the good work of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance as we celebrate champions in horseracing,” said Cathy Shircliff, Churchill Downs Incorporated Director of Equine Industry Relations.
The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance will be on premises for the week to facilitate one of the VIP experiences auctioned off earlier this year in the “Off to the Races” campaign, promoting aftercare awareness. This experience celebrating the proud traditions of the Kentucky Derby was generously donated by Churchill Downs Incorporated and Second Stride.
“We appreciate the support from Churchill Downs to continue to feature the importance of accredited aftercare,” said Emily Dresen, Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Director, Funding & Events. “We are looking forward to being present during such an exciting week of racing.”
About the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance
Based in Lexington, KY, the 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, the TAA is supported by owners, trainers, breeders, racetracks, aftercare professionals, and other industry members. Since inception in 2012, the TAA 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 the TAA, visit ThoroughbredAftercare.org.