LEXINGTON, KY — On Saturday, August 19, Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance participated in “Empire of Hope” at the renowned Horseshoe Indianapolis racetrack. This event, organized by Caesars Entertainment Racing, underscored the crucial objective of promoting aftercare awareness and generating funds to support the well-being of Thoroughbreds following their racing careers.
Launched in 2019, “Empire of Hope” stands as an extraordinary initiative by Caesars Entertainment Racing, encompassing all racetracks under the Caesars umbrella. Designed to address the post-racing needs of racehorses, the initiative underscores the industry’s commitment to ensuring these extraordinary athletes enjoy dignified and loving care beyond their racing careers.
The 2023 “Empire of Hope” event served as a dynamic gathering point for horse racing enthusiasts and supporters, who came together to show their dedication to the sport and the welfare of the horses that make it possible. Jockeys engaged with fans while distributing lollipops as tokens of appreciation for their unwavering support.
Tammy Knox, Race Marketing Manager, Horseshoe Indianapolis, took the opportunity to extend her gratitude during the event. She offered special thanks to valuable contributors such as the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, Horse Angels, Friends of Ferdinand, Mark Pufahl, and Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, all of whom played instrumental roles in the “Empire of Hope” initiative. “We are truly humbled by the overwhelming success of the ‘Empire of Hope’ event at Horseshoe Indianapolis,” Tammy said. “Witnessing the horseracing community and supporters come together to champion the cause of aftercare has been nothing short of inspiring. The event’s resonance reflects the shared commitment to the well-being of these incredible animals beyond the racetrack.”
Visitors to the event had the chance to engage with the cause firsthand through booths set up by the participating organizations. Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance’s booth featured branded merchandise and provided a platform for patrons to make meaningful contributions towards accredited aftercare.
Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance was honored with Race #6, a Maiden race for registered Indiana-bred two-year-old fillies. This race was a chance to spotlight the organization’s efforts in advocating retired racehorse welfare through accredited aftercare. The race culminated with an exhilarating victory for CHARGED LEGACY, ridden by Joshua Morales, trained by Anthony Cunningham, and owned by Swifty Farms Inc.
Following the named race, Horseshoe Indianapolis demonstrated their commitment to accredited aftercare by presenting a donation to Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance. This contribution was a direct result of their fundraising endeavors, showcasing their dedication to promoting responsible horse ownership and ensuring the continuation of aftercare programs.
Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance expresses its heartfelt appreciation to all attendees, supporters, and partners who made the “Empire of Hope” event an unforgettable success. Together, these collective efforts pave the way for a brighter future for retired racehorses through accredited aftercare, highlighting the enduring bond between the racing community and these remarkable athletes.
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.