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Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Present at Churchill Downs for Kentucky Derby Week

Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Present at Churchill Downs for Kentucky Derby Week


LEXINGTON, KY — Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance will be present at Churchill Downs during Kentucky Derby Week for a variety of exciting events leading up to the running of the 150th Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve which takes place on Saturday, May 4, 2024.

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 1, 2024. Following the running of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance race, a presentation will be made to the winning connections including a branded blanket and branded merchandise.

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 Churchill Downs Incorporated and Second Stride. The winners will enjoy all-inclusive box seats, tickets to the Winner’s Party at the Kentucky Derby Museum and a tour of Second Stride, a Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance accredited organization.

“Churchill Downs is proud to continue the tradition of naming a race for the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance on Champions Day during Derby Week,” said Cathy Shircliff, Director of Equine Industry Relations for Churchill Downs Incorporated. “We are grateful to TAA for the awareness and assistance it gives to organizations that support the many facets of life for our Thoroughbred athletes after their racing careers.”

“Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance is thrilled to be a part of the 150th running of the Kentucky Derby,” said Emily Dresen, Director of Funding & Events. “We appreciate the continued support from Churchill Downs in contributing to the cause of rehoming and retraining of retired racehorses.”

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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