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Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Present at Preakness

Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Present at Preakness


LEXINGTON, KY — The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance will be on-site this year with several activations during Preakness week. The 148th Preakness Stakes will take place at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday, May 20, 2023.

The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance will kick off the week with America’s Best Racing’s Pre-Preakness Party. The eighth annual Pre-Preakness Party will be held on Wednesday, May 17, at the Mt. Washington Tavern in Baltimore, Maryland. The evening will consist of networking, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, an entertaining handicapping challenge with guest analysts, and a silent auction. All proceeds of the party and auction will benefit the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance. Tickets are still available online at:

Throughout the race days of Preakness week, Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance supporters 1/ST RACING, Maryland Jockey Club, and Pimlico Race Course will promote aftercare awareness. “We are excited to have such an important organization celebrate Preakness weekend with us,” said Georganne Hale, Vice President of Racing Development of Maryland Jockey Club. “The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance is so important for the industry, and we are happy to showcase them when all eyes are on Preakness!”

On Friday, May 19, Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance will be recognized with a named race on the undercard of Black-Eyed Susan Day. 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.

On Saturday, May 20, Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance will present the Sir Barton Stakes Sponsored by Brandon and Diannah Perry to Benefit the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance. Paragon Farms, founded by Thoroughbred owners and breeders, Brandon and Diannah Perry, entered into an agreement to annually donate $100,000 to the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance as the title sponsor of the Sir Barton Stakes for three consecutive years beginning with the Preakness 147. Following the running of the race, a presentation will be made to the winning connections including a branded blanket and swag bag, as well as a check presentation to the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance from Paragon Farms.

On both Black-Eyed Susan and Preakness Day, the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance will host the Best Turned Out Awards in the Pimlico Race Course winner’s circle for each race. Additionally, the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance will have an information table to learn more about accredited aftercare and to make a donation in exchange for branded merchandise and Preakness-day memorabilia.

Throughout the week, Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance will facilitate winning guests from one of the VIP experiences auctioned off earlier this year in the “Off to the Races” campaign, promoting aftercare awareness. In addition to the Pre-Preakness Party and a weekend of racing, this experience also includes a sunrise tour, the Alibi Breakfast, and access to join the simulcast for a race on the Black-Eyed Susan undercard. Finally, the guests will also join the winner’s circle for the Sir Barton Stakes on Preakness Day. This experience celebrating the second leg of the Triple Crown was generously donated by 1/ST RACING and America’s Best Racing.

“The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance is extremely appreciative of how the 1/ST RACING has always opened its arms to the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance,” said Jeffrey Bloom, President of Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and Managing Director of Bloom Racing Stable. “Being a part of major race days is important to highlight that we as an industry are behind the care and welfare of our horses, and we are once again delighted to be representing our 81 accredited organizations across North America throughout Preakness week.”

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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