After the fourth race on the Pegasus World Cup card Jan. 25 at Gulfstream Park, the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and approximately 25 of its accredited aftercare organizations accepted a check for $80,000 from Gulfstream Park.
The $80,000 represents 2% of the purses of both the Pegasus World Cup Invitational and the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational that The Stronach Group announced would be awarded to Thoroughbred aftercare. The gift is one of the largest purse contributions to aftercare at a major racing event.
Accepting the check on behalf of the TAA was TAA President John Phillips, TAA board members Jen Shah and Walt Robertson, TAA founding board member Jack Wolf, TAA operations consultant Stacie Clark Rogers, TAA staff Erin Shea and Steve Ruddy, and representatives from the following TAA-accredited organizations: Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue, CANTER Michigan, Caribbean Thoroughbred Aftercare, Equine Encore, Equine Rescue and Adoption Foundation, Equine Rescue of Aiken, Florida TRAC, Heart of Phoenix, Hidden Acres Rescue for Thoroughbreds, LongRun, Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center, MidAtlantic Horse Rescue, Old Friends, Our Mims, Peaceful Ridge Rescue, Racing for Home, RVR Horse Rescue, Second Chance Thoroughbreds, South Florida SPCA, Square Peg, Thoroughbred Athletes, and Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation.
The money awarded to the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance will be used for grants to accredited organizations earmarked for equine care. Since 2012, the TAA has awarded more than $17.2 million to accredited aftercare organizations. Currently 74 organizations hold TAA accreditation across the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.