Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Present at Santa Anita Derby

Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Present at Santa Anita Derby

LEXINGTON, KY — The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance will be present this year at the Santa Anita Derby on April 8, 2023. The West Coast’s premier Grade 1 Kentucky Derby prep-race offers qualifying points to the top five finishers of 100-40-30-20-10. The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance has partnered with 1/ST to promote accredited aftercare awareness throughout the day.

The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance will be recognized with a named race on the Santa Anita Derby Day undercard. Following the running of the race, a presentation will be made to the winning connections including a branded blanket and swag bag. There will also be an opportunity for jockeys to pledge their jocks mount fee throughout the day to the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance.

Representatives from the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance will be on-site as a VIP concierge for one of the VIP experiences that was auctioned off earlier this year in the “Off to the Races” campaign to promote aftercare awareness. This exciting VIP experience was generously donated by 1/ST.

“Santa Anita Park is pleased to welcome the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance back for Santa Anita Derby Day. At 1/ST, we are committed to furthering the impact of accredited aftercare in the industry and supporting this important work of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance,” said Aidan Butler, Chief Executive Officer, 1/ST RACING & GAMING and Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Board of Directors Member.

“The support of 1/ST is invaluable at these premier events,” said Stacie Clark-Rogers, Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Operations Consultant. “Having on-site presence is an excellent way to continue the conversation about aftercare. We are looking forward to being at the Santa Anita Derby.”

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

About 1/ST
The Stronach Group is a world-class technology, entertainment, media, content and real estate development company with Thoroughbred horse racing and pari-mutuel wagering at the core.  The company’s consumer facing brand 1/ST (pronounced “First”) powers The Stronach Group’s forward-thinking 1/ST RACING & GAMING, 1/ST CONTENT, 1/ST TECHNOLOGY, 1/ST EXPERIENCE, and 1/ST PROPERTIES businesses, while advocating for and driving the 1/ST HORSE CARE mission. 1/ST represents The Stronach Group’s continued movement toward redefining Thoroughbred horse racing and the ecosystem that drives it. 1/ST RACING & GAMING drives the best-in-class horse racing operations and gaming offerings at the company’s premier racetracks and training centers including: Santa Anita Park, Golden Gate Fields and San Luis Rey Downs (California); Gulfstream Park – home of the Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational Series and Palm Meadows Thoroughbred Training Center (Florida); the Maryland Jockey Club at Laurel Park, Pimlico Race Course – home of the legendary Preakness Stakes and Rosecroft Raceway (Maryland). 1/ST CONTENT is the operating group for 1/ST’s media and content companies including: Monarch Content Management, Elite, TSG Global Wagering Solutions (GWS) and XBTV. 1/ST TECHNOLOGY is horse racing’s largest racing and gaming technology company offering world-class products via its AmTote, Xpressbet, 1/ST BET, XB SELECT, XB NET, PariMAX and Betmix brands. 1/ST EXPERIENCE blends the worlds of sports, entertainment and hospitality through elevated national and local venue management and hospitality, strategic partnerships and sponsorships. 1/ST PROPERTIES is responsible for the development of the company’s live, work and play communities surrounding its racing venues, including: The Village at Gulfstream Park (Florida) and Paddock Pointe (Maryland).  As the advocate for critical industry reforms and by making meaningful investments into aftercare programs for retired horses and jockeys, 1/ST HORSE CARE represents The Stronach Group’s commitment to achieving the highest level of horse and rider care and safety standards in Thoroughbred horse racing on and off the track. For more information, please visit or follow @1ST_racing on Twitter or @1stracing on Instagram and Facebook.

Stacie Clark

Emily Dresen