The Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) will host an online auction of halters worn by Triple Crown and Kentucky Derby winners during the upcoming virtual “Kentucky Derby: Triple Crown Showdown.” The halter auction is set to open Friday at 9 a.m. and will conclude Saturday at 9 p.m. EST. All proceeds benefit TCA.
“As the 13 Triple Crown winners face off in the virtual running of the Derby, we are excited to offer halters worn by the only two living Triple Crown winners American Pharoah and Justify, as well as past Derby winners,” said Erin Crady executive director of TCA. “Although the traditional first Saturday in May looks a little different this year, we are hopeful that offering an online auction during the Kentucky Derby at Home will provide an opportunity to raise money for distribution to TCA’s charities, many of which have had to cancel fundraisers as a result of the coronavirus.”
In addition to American Pharoah and Justify, halters worn by Country House, Super Saver, Orb, Grindstone, Giacomo, and Silver Charm will be offered. More halters may be added as donations are confirmed. Halters include a certificate of authenticity. Halters may be previewed here. To date, Coolmore America, WinStar Farm, Claiborne Farm, Old Friends, Blackwood Stables, and Oakhurst Thoroughbreds have generously donated halters.
Thoroughbred Charities of America was formed in 1990 to raise and distribute funds to charities in the Thoroughbred industry that provide a better life for Thoroughbreds, both during and after their racing careers, by supporting qualified repurposing and retirement organizations and by helping the people who care for them. For more information visit https://www.tca.org.
Thoroughbred Charities of America Press Release
Photo: Silver Charm ridden by Gary Stevens in the post parade for the 1997 Kentucky Derby. Credit: National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame/Churchill Downs