Woodbine Aftercare Day to Feature TAA


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                                                  Woodbine Aftercare Day to Feature TAA

October 3, 2022 (Lexington, KY): For the second consecutive year, the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) will be promoted at Woodbine Racetrack’s Aftercare Day on October 8th, 2022. TAA will be recognized throughout the race day, including in the presentation of the Nearctic Stakes (G2).


The Toronto, Ontario-based track invites patrons to join in supporting the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance during a day of racing that includes jockey pledges, TAA Best Turned Out Horse Awards, and the presentation of the Nearctic Stakes (G2). The day will culminate in Woodbine Entertainment Group presenting a check in honor of the TAA.


Jockeys will have the opportunity to designate their earnings to the TAA for any races won on Saturday, October 8. The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Best Turned Out Horse Awards will be conducted in conjunction with the five stakes races on the card and are generously sponsored by Josham Farms Limited. 


Following the running of the Nearctic Stakes (G2), the TAA will be included in two presentations, first the blanket presentation made to the winning connections, then a check presentation to the TAA on behalf of Woodbine Entertainment Group.


Support for the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance runs deep among Canadian horse people. Woodbine Racetrack plays host to numerous TAA supporting trainers throughout the racing calendar, including Kevin Attard, Roger Attfield, Josie Carroll, John Charalambous, Catherine Day Phillips, Elizabeth Elder, Nick Gonzalez, Mike Keogh, and Robert Landry. Whether in Canada, the U.S., or beyond—trainers have the opportunity to pledge any percentage of their earnings in support of the TAA, its 82 accredited organizations, 180 facilities, and the thousands of Thoroughbreds in their care.


“Aftercare of retired racehorses is a vital component of the sport and important to the team at Woodbine,” said Chief Executive Officer of Woodbine Entertainment Group, Jim Lawson. “We are honored to welcome the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance to the second installment of Woodbine Aftercare Day. Last year was a great success and we look forward to working with the TAA again.”


“I’m thrilled to see the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance center-stage on another Woodbine Aftercare Day,” said TAA Funding Chairwoman, Yvonne Schwabe. “The TAA has designated considerable funds to Canada’s retired racehorses— the support of not only Woodbine Racetrack, but its jockeys, horsemen, and patrons is certainly a worthwhile celebration.”



About Woodbine Entertainment Group

Woodbine Entertainment is the largest horse racing operator in Canada offering world-class horse racing at both Woodbine (Toronto) and Woodbine Mohawk Park (Milton) racetracks. Woodbine Entertainment also operates off-track wagering through its Champions teletheatre network, which includes WEGZ Stadium Bar in Vaughan and Greenwood in the Beach area of Toronto. Remote wagering is also available to customers through HPIbet (formerly HorsePlayer Interactive), the company’s telephone, internet and mobile account wagering service. 


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 and approximately 180 facilities across North America have been granted accreditation. To learn more about the TAA, visit ThoroughbredAftercare.org.


PHOTO: Yvonne Schwabe



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