September 16, 2020 (Lexington, KY): The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance has been named the official aftercare partner of the 2020 Breeders’ Cup World Championships Nov. 6-7 at Keeneland. The TAA is also an official charity of the Breeders’ Cup.
TAA fundraises to award annual grants to accredited Thoroughbred aftercare nonprofits. At this year’s Breeders’ Cup, the TAA is asking connections of Breeders’ Cup entrants to pledge a percentage of their potential Breeders’ Cup earnings to the TAA. Those interested in making a pledge can contact the TAA office at firstname.lastname@example.org, 859-224-2756, or visit ThoroughbredAftercare.org/Pledge.
“It is our privilege to see Thoroughbreds at their finest moments in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships and it is this industry’s collective responsibility to see to their aftercare when the celebrations are over,” said Dora Delgado, TAA board member and executive vice president and chief racing officer at Breeders’ Cup. “As a proud founding member and supporter of the TAA’s mission and vision, we partner with them in their work and dedication to Thoroughbred aftercare.”
During the World Championships, the TAA will present the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Stakes (G2), formerly the Marathon Stakes. In addition, the TAA has partnered with TVG to be a part of the TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile presented by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (G1), the feature race on Future Stars Friday Nov. 6.
As a seed money donor, the Breeders’ Cup has been a supporter of the TAA since its inception along with Keeneland and The Jockey Club.
“While this year’s event may be different, we are honored to be a partner of the Breeders’ Cup and we are grateful for their ongoing support,” TAA President John Phillips said. “Aftercare is our responsibility to the horse and our obligation to the sport. We encourage those who are racing at the highest level in the World Championships to give back to secure a future for our horses and for our industry.”
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, rehome, and retire 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 $17.2 million to accredited aftercare organizations. Currently 74 aftercare organizations supporting approximately 160 facilities across North America hold TAA accreditation. To learn more about the TAA, visit ThoroughbredAftercare.org.