LEXINGTON, KY — The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance had a successful week in Maryland during the Preakness week celebrations. Accredited aftercare awareness was promoted with several on-site activations, as well as an exceptional turn out for the America’s Best Racing’s Pre-Preakness Party.
The ABR Pre-Preakness Party to benefit the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance kicked off the week at Mt. Washington Tavern. A total of $25,000 was raised from a silent auction, ticket sales, and donations. There were over 160 people in attendance throughout the night including owners, trainers, fans, and industry participants.
“It was an absolute honor to once again partner with the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance on what has turned into a must-attend event on the racing calendar every year,” said Dan Tordjman, Manager, Business Development/Sponsorships, America’s Best Racing. “We want to thank everyone who supported Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance at the party and via the online auction. We look forward to seeing this event grow next year and beyond.”
A combined effort from Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance partners 1/ST RACING, Maryland Jockey Club, and Pimlico Race Course put accredited aftercare on the frontline throughout Preakness week.
The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance presented Race #8 on Black-Eyed Susan Day, Friday, May 19. The winning horse, #2 Fort Warren, was trained by Brittany T. Russell, ridden by jockey Sheldon Russell, and owned by Madeket Stables LLC, Starlight Racing, SF Racing LLC, Robert E. Masterson, Stonestreet Stables LLC, Jay A. Schoenfarber, Waves Edge Capital LLC, and Catherine Donovan.
On Saturday, May 20, Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance presented 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 Preakness 147. The winning horse, #4 Arabian Lion, was trained by Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance supporter Bob Baffert and ridden by jockey John Velazquez. Owned by Zedan Racing Stables, Inc, Arabian Lion was also the winner of the Best Turned Out Horse Award for Race #4.
“Diannah and I are privileged to be able to advance the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance’s mission, with our sponsorship of the Sir Barton Stakes,” said Brandon and Diannah Perry, Paragon Farms. “We are honored to be able to champion the rehabilitation, retraining, and rehoming of these amazing Thoroughbreds that give all of us so much joy. To see the horses that give everything to their owners, trainers, grooms, and fans be able to enjoy life after the race track is truly rewarding.”
On both Black-Eyed Susan and Preakness Day, the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance hosted the Best Turned Out Awards in the Pimlico Race Course winner’s circle for each race sponsored by Beyond the Wire and Fidelity First.
The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance also had a booth where race fans and participants could learn more about accredited aftercare and take home branded merchandise and race memorabilia in exchange for donations. Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Operations Consultant, Stacie Clark Rogers, and Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance President, Jeffrey Bloom, continued to promote accredited aftercare through interviews with BloodHorse and America’s Best Racing.
“The inclusion of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance in the Preakness underscores the significance of aftercare within the Thoroughbred Industry,” said Stacie Clark Rogers. “We truly appreciate the ongoing support from ABR, 1/ST RACING, and Maryland Jockey Club as well as the ongoing endorsement from the winning connections and the generous sponsorship of Paragon Farm, Beyond the Wire, and Fidelity First. These collaborative efforts serve as a reminder of our collective commitment to prioritizing the welfare of the horse.”
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.