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Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance to be Present at Tampa Bay Derby

Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance to be Present at Tampa Bay Derby


LEXINGTON, KY — Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance will be present at Tampa Bay Downs on Saturday, March 9, 2024, for the Tampa Bay Derby. The Tampa Bay Derby (GII) is part of the Kentucky Derby Championship Series and serves as a Kentucky Derby prep race.

Tampa Bay Downs will highlight accredited aftercare during this exciting race day by honoring Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance with a named race on the Tampa Bay Derby undercard. Following the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance named race, a presentation will be made in the winner’s circle. Winning connections will be given a Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance blanket and gift bag with branded merchandise. As a long-time supporter of Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, Tampa Bay Downs will actively showcase and raise awareness for accredited aftercare throughout the entirety of the race day and race meet.

A representative from Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance will also be on-site to host the winners of the VIP Experience from the “Off to the Races” online benefit auction. Generously donated by Tampa Bay Downs and Tom Cannell, the winners of this VIP Experience will enjoy premium dining, access to the paddock and winner’s circle for the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Race, and more.

“We are very excited to welcome back Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance to the 2024 Tampa Bay Derby,” said Margo Flynn, Vice President of Marketing, Tampa Bay Downs. “We are proud to support their mission and spread awareness for accredited aftercare.”

“We are so excited to be back at Tampa Bay Downs for the Tampa Bay Derby,” said Emily Dresen, Director of Funding and Events, Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance. “Tampa Bay Downs has remained a committed partner and advocate for accredited aftercare, and we are thrilled to participate on one of their biggest days of racing.”

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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