Owners with horses racing on the New York Racing Association circuit will donate $5 per start to the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) Foundation, it was announced this week.
The tax-deductible donations are expected to total $100,000 a year.
TAA Board President Jack Wolf said the alliance was less than two years old, but many members of the racing and breeding industries have already stepped forward to help.
“We want to thank the New York horsemen, and their president, Rick Violette, for adding their support to this important initiative. Because of the enthusiastic response from the owners, breeders and trainers, as well as the stud farms, sales companies and racetracks, what we envisioned in 2012 is approaching reality more quickly than we could have imagined.”
The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) President Rick Violette Jr said $5 a start was a small price to pay to ensure that racehorses are well cared for when they retire from the track.
“New York’s horsemen have always taken this responsibility very seriously, demonstrating their commitment to equine aftercare by creating the TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program and Take the Lead Thoroughbred Retirement Program,” said Violette, who is also on the Board of the TAA.
“Joining the TAA is a natural extension of our efforts on behalf of the horses. We are pleased to be able to support an organization that has, in a very short time, had a profound impact on the lives of retired racehorses.”