TAA Prominent on Florida Cup Day at Tampa Bay Downs 

March 28, 2022

LEXINGTON, Ky.—The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) was featured on the Florida Cup undercard at Tampa Bay Downs on Sunday, March 27. Tampa Bay Down’s Race 4, the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, went off for seven furlongs on the dirt. A field of eight maiden three-year-olds campaigned for the $35,000 purse. Jockey Sammy Camacho piloted Fluid Situation to a five-and-three-quarter length victory for Curragh Stables. The John P. Terranova II trainee set the pace from gate to wire. 

A presentation of a Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance blanket and swag bag to the winning connections were made following the running of the race. TAA supporter Tampa Bay Downs promoted aftercare awareness throughout the race day. 

“The Florida Cup is an opportunity for the breeders, owners, and trainers to highlight the state- bred program,” said Tampa Bay Downs Vice President of Marketing and Publicity, Margo Flynn. “This has been a successful partnership between the entities, and we look forward for it to continue for years to come.” 

“The mission of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance has always been to support retired Thoroughbreds by providing funding and oversight to accredited aftercare organizations,” said TAA Funding and Events Manager Emily (Dresen) Scandore. “Having the TAA represented during high profile race days serves to remind everyone–from the horsemen to the handicappers–the importance of ensuring that our equine athletes have careers long after they retire from racing.” 

About the Florida Cup 

Each season, the Florida Cup pays tribute to the state’s rich legacy of breeding, raising, and racing champion Thoroughbreds. Kentucky Derby winners such as Affirmed, Silver Charm and Unbridled, as well as legendary performers such as Dr. Fager and Skip Away, have contributed to the state’s reputation for breeding and racing excellence. With more than 1,100 Thoroughbred farms and training centers throughout the state, and more than 100,000 equine- related jobs, Florida can proudly lay claim to being one of the biggest supporters of the sport anywhere in the world. 

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 $24.5 million to accredited aftercare organizations. Currently 82 aftercare organizations supporting approximately 180 facilities across North America have been granted accreditation. To learn more about the TAA, visit ThoroughbredAftercare.org.

TAA Press Release
Photo of Fluid Situation courtesy of TAA and Tampa Bay Downs (SV Photography) 

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