Record Riders Registered for Canter for a Cause

October 27, 2022

Photo by Maryland Jockey Club

Nearly 300 Riders Registered for Sunday’s Pimlico Event to Benefit TAA

BALTIMORE – A total of 270 riders from around the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond have signed up to take part in the popular Canter for a Cause Sunday, Oct. 30 at historic Pimlico Race Course.

Sponsored by the Maryland Jockey Club, Canter for a Cause allows the public the chance to walk, trot, canter or gallop their favorite horse or pony over the same track that has hosted such legends as Seabiscuit, Secretariat, War Admiral and recent Triple Crown champions American Pharoah and Justify. 

More than 250 riders participated in last year’s Canter for a Cause, which returned after missing 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s a great event and everybody is excited to do it again. We have almost 300 riders signed up, all for a great cause,” said Georganne Hale, vice president of racing development for the Maryland Jockey Club. “The people that come appreciate the fact that they’re riding on the same racetrack as some of the greatest horses in history.”

Canter for a Cause is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration cost $60 per trip, with proceeds going to benefit the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA).

Riders will participate in four groups – Seabiscuit (walk, trot, canter and gallop), Secretariat (walk, trot and slow canter), War Admiral (walk and trot) and Ben’s Cat (leadline). Groups will run every 30 minutes and have 20 to 25 minutes apiece on the track. Official MJC outriders will be on hand to lead the way and all participants will have their picture taken in the winner’s circle. 

All horses needed proof of a negative Coggins test within 12 months to be eligible. Other requirements had all riders sign a waiver and wear approved helmets, and riders under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. No colts, stallions or ridglings are allowed.

“We get so many people that have either never been or come to the racetrack and have no idea that they’d ever be able to gallop over the track,” Hale said. “They come out and they’re smiling from ear to ear, on every possible horse you can think of.”

For full rules and event description, visit https://www.pimlico.com/canter-for-a-cause/

David Joseph/Maryland Jockey Club

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