TCA’s Stallion Season Auction Underway

The 28th annual Thoroughbred Charities of America Stallion Season Auction & Celebration, presented by LNJ Foxwoods is currently underway. The auction is the largest annual fundraiser for the organization.

Bidding on the majority of the more than 200 stallion seasons will end on Friday, January 5 at 3 p.m. EST.  Bidding on six select seasons and all non-season items will conclude at the auction Celebration on Sunday, January 7, at the Keeneland Entertainment Center in Lexington, Ky.  Tickets are available here.

Select seasons offered on Sunday will include Arrogate, Dialed In, Into Mischief, Malibu Moon, Medaglia d’Oro, and Orb. Select non-season items offered in the live auction include a Triple Crown ticket package, John Deere TS Gator, equine air transportation via Tex Sutton, a race-caller experience with Larry Collmus, a meet and greet with Rachel Alexandra followed by a cocktail party at Stonestreet, and a Whitney Stakes ticket package.

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TCA to Honor Dan Rosenberg and Caribbean Thoroughbred Aftercare

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Thoroughbred Charities of America will honor Dan Rosenberg with the Allaire du Pont Leadership Award and Caribbean Thoroughbred Aftercare (CTA) with the Ellen and Herb Moelis Industry Service Award at the 28th annual Stallion Season Auction & Celebration, presented by LNJ Foxwoods on Sunday, January 7, 2018 at the Keeneland Entertainment Center in Lexington, Ky.

“Dan has been a driving force in TCA’s success over the years,” said Mike McMahon president of TCA. “He has been involved with TCA since its infancy and continues to lend his guidance, time, and leadership in support of our mission. There aren’t enough awards to thank Dan for all he has done for TCA. We are equally pleased to honor Caribbean Thoroughbred Aftercare for their heroic efforts in leading the charge after the devastating hurricanes in the Caribbean.”

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LNJ Foxwoods Named Title Sponsor of TCA Stallion Season Auction

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Thoroughbred Charities of America announced today that LNJ Foxwoods has signed on as the title sponsor of the upcoming 28th Annual Stallion Season Auction to be held Wednesday, January 3 – Sunday, January 7, 2018.

“We are incredibly grateful for LNJ Foxwoods’ generosity,” said Erin Crady, executive director of TCA. “As the top sponsor of our largest annual fundraiser for the third consecutive year, LNJ Foxwoods’ support of TCA and our Stallion Season Auction exemplifies their strong commitment and dedication to our mission of assisting Thoroughbreds and those who care for them.”

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THOROUGHBRED AFTERCARE ALLIANCE ANNOUNCES ACCREDITED ORGANIZATIONS FOR 2017

Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Announces Accredited Organizations for 2017

The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) announced today that 37 Thoroughbred aftercare organizations have been awarded accreditation in 2017. The accredited groups include 31 that were re-accredited and six that have received accreditation for the first time. The TAA, the only accrediting organization in Thoroughbred aftercare, has a network of 64 accredited organizations operating 180 facilities across the United States and Canada.

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Youth Essay Contest Winner Announced

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Thoroughbred Charities of America is pleased to announce the winner of the Fifth Annual TCA Youth Essay Contest. Aaron Foley, 10, of San Bruno, California, has been named the winner of the contest.

The contest was open to recipients of services, volunteers, supporters or any one, 18 years of age or younger, that has been impacted by an organization that received a grant from TCA in 2017. To participate, contestants submitted an essay containing a minimum of 300 words and a maximum of 600 words, describing how a TCA grant recipient has affected his or her life.

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TCA to Host Bash at the Beach Fundraiser in Del Mar

Thoroughbred Charities of America will host a fundraising event entitled “Bash at the Beach” on Friday, November 3 from 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. at Powerhouse Park in Del Mar, Calif. The evening will feature live music by Haute Chile, Cali-Baja style fare, signature cocktails, and a handicapping discussion with Daily Racing Form’s Mike Watchmaker and Peter Fornatale. A live auction of racing memorabilia and experiences will be offered.

The event will be held at the to-be-constructed oceanside venue, the Barn at the Beach, which will host a variety of Breeders’ Cup events throughout the week and is conveniently located minutes from the track.

Limited general admission tickets are still available for $100 and can be purchased at tca.org. VIP tickets are sold out.

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SOLEDAD O’BRIEN NAMED “AFTERCARE KEYNOTE” OF EQUESTRICON 2017

NEW YORK, NY. (June 14, 2017) – Equestricon, LLC., announced today that Soledad O’Brien,

award-winning documentarian, journalist, philanthropist and CEO of Starfish Media Group, a multi-platform media production company, will kick off festivities at Equestricon 2017 by delivering a keynote speech focused on Thoroughbred aftercare.

O’Brien, one of the most respected and recognizable names in journalism, has had a career in media spanning more than 25 years. In addition to her role as CEO of Starfish Media Group, O’Brien also anchors and produces the Hearst Television political magazine show “Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien”.

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LARC TO SPONSOR SIR BARTON, PRESENT CHECK TO TAA

Press release published on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 on the Preakness website.

BALTIMORE – For the second consecutive year, the Latin American Racing Channel (LARC) will sponsor the $100,000 Sir Barton Stakes on Preakness Day, May 20, while also presenting a $30,000 check to the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) as part of its continued commitment to the Thoroughbred industry.

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FOURTH ANNUAL PRE-PREAKNESS PARTY, SPONSORED BY SAGAMORE RACING, WILL BENEFIT TAA

New York, N.Y. – America’s Best Racing (ABR) announced today that its fourth annual Pre-Preakness Party will be held Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at the Mt. Washington Tavern in Baltimore. The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) will be the beneficiary of a silent auction at the event.

The party, sponsored for a third consecutive year by Sagamore Racing, was held for the first time in 2014. It has become the unofficial kickoff event for racing fans during Preakness week. In past years, connections of Preakness runners, local jockeys and various other personalities have attended the event.

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THOROUGHBRED AFTERCARE ALLIANCE AND ACCREDITED ORGANIZATIONSTO UNITE IN HISTORIC FASHION AT INAUGURAL EQUESTRICON

SARATOGASPRINGS,NY. (March 14, 2017) – When the lights go on at Equestricon, the landmark racing convention will be the site of the largest single gathering of accredited organizations in the history of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA), organizers announced today.  The TAA is the“Official Charity Partner” of Equestricon — the first international racing convention, fan festival and trade show.

“We couldn’t be more excited about being so closely aligned with this forward-thinking, innovative industry effort,” said TAA Operations Consultant, Stacie Clark Rogers.  “Aftercare has emerged as the preeminent issue tied to the future of our industry,and the team at Equestricon realizes that.”

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AFTERCARE AND THE SUCCESS OF A RACE MEET: AN EMERGING PARTNERSHIP

Depending on who you ask, the success of a race meet and/or racing event is somewhat dependent on a few well known things; the weather, horses, attendance and amount wagered.
(Sometimes it is the soft pretzels.)

Thoroughbred racing’s biggest and best events almost always “plan” for good weather.

The weather will almost always reflect attendance. Good weather brings more people in the gate and with it a bigger celebration.

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AFTERCARE BUZZ AT THE WORLD’S RICHEST RACE

Content published on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 by Blood-Horse.com

The inaugural $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park created a whole lot of buzz with its unique set up, the rematch between California Chrome and Arrogate, the largest purse in the world, the Pegasus Win-Win Sweepstakes, and its own branding initiatives calling racegoers to “be part of history.”

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TDN Q&A: JOHN PHILLIPS

Article published on Friday, January 13, 2017 in the Thoroughbred Daily News

In mid-December, John Phillips was elected president of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) for a two-year term. The TDN’s Sue Finley sat down with him at the Keeneland January sales as he started his tenure to talk about his goals for the organization.

TDN: Why did you take on this role, and what do you hope to accomplish?

JP: I took on the role because I am and have always been, as my father and my grandfather before me, enamored with the sport and I think it’s important for this sport to survive. I believe the TAA is one of those pillars which will help it survive. And so when it was offered to me, after a lot of thought, that’s what I decided to do. I decided to take on the TAA role.

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THE INFRASTRUCTURE OF THE OTTB HORSE SHOW AND HOW IT HAS CHANGED THE PERCEPTION OF THE BREED

I’m well aware as I start to write this edition of the TAA blog that I will be dating myself, but with no other way to write this, here goes…

“Back in the day” the Off the Track Thoroughbred was often seen as a champion in the show world. “Back in the day” riders on Thoroughbreds included Olympic riders Michael Matz, Jim Elder and Jimmy Day, to name a few. These energetic characters were well known for their athletic ability to ride Thoroughbreds to the top of the show jumping world. Indeed another popular American Hall of Fame equestrian-turned-racehorse trainer was Rodney Jenkins, aka “The Red Rider” with his famous Thoroughbred Idle Dice.

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TAA & Starladies Racing to Present "Best Turned Out" Horse Awards

TAA AND STARLADIES RACING TO PRESENT “BEST TURNED OUT” HORSE AWARDS

 

The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) has partnered with StarLadies Racing to present Best Turned Out Horse awards as part of the Hooves & Heels fashion event on Black-Eyed Susan Day (May 20) at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md.

StarLadies Racing, an all-female racing partnership that exclusively buys and races fillies, will sponsor a $100 cash prize and gift bag to be given to the winning groom for each race on the card.

The TAA has presented these awards in conjunction with StarLadies in the past with great success. Guest judges will select the horse in each race that is deemed to be the best groomed, and the horse’s groom will receive a gift bag and cash prize. The TAA will post photos of the winning grooms and guest judges on its social media platforms.

“We are honored to partner with the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and to continue to support the great work they do for our equine athletes beyond their racing careers,” said Laurie Wolf, StarLadies founding partner. “It is also important to us to take the time to appreciate and acknowledge the hard work that the grooms put in every day. We are all looking forward to another wonderful Black-Eyed Susan Day.”

Based in Lexington, Kentucky, the non-profit Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance accredits, inspects and awards grants to approved aftercare organizations to retire, retrain and rehome Thoroughbreds using industry-wide funding. Funded initially by seed money from Breeders’ Cup Ltd., The Jockey Club, and Keeneland Association Inc., the TAA is supported by owners, trainers, breeders, racetracks, aftercare professionals and other industry groups. To date, 56 aftercare organizations supporting more than 180 facilities across the U.S. and Canada have been granted accreditation and received funding from the TAA. To learn more about the TAA, visit thoroughbredaftercare.org.

Launched in 2013, StarLadies was the brainchild of Barbara Lucarelli and Laurie Wolf, two of the founding partners in Starlight Racing. Barbara and Laurie thought it would be fun (and, hopefully, rewarding!) to have a small partnership composed of a few fillies and a few great women so that they could enjoy their passion for racing with other like-minded women.  To learn more, visit www.starladiesracing.com.

 

NYRA TO MATCH CONTRIBUTIONS IN SUPPORT OF THE THOROUGHBRED AFTERCARE ALLIANCE

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – The New York Racing Association (NYRA) will be matching contributions to the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) in 2016, further reflecting the racing leader’s historic support for community and industry-themed non-profits supporting New York racing at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course.

According to Martin Panza, Senior Vice President for Racing Operations, the New York Racing Association is currently matching the contributions of owners to the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) on a per-start basis. In 2015, NYRA recorded 17,276 starts occurring at its three tracks. Owners competing on NYRA tracks contribute $5 per start to the TAA.

“It’s about giving back to the horses and supporting their aftercare long after they have exited the stage,” said Panza. “These athletes have given so much to our sport and provided joy and excitement for fans in New York and beyond. In that spirit, we continue to support the good work of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance on behalf of our retired athletes.”

 

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