Baffert shares Triple Crown success with CARMA

Bob and Jill Baffert announced major donations to four charities that care for racing’s retired athletes.  Following American Pharoah’s historic victory in the Belmont Stakes and becoming the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years, the Bafferts said donations would be given to CARMA, Old Friends, TAA, and PDJF.  “Jill and I are blessed and honored to be in a position to be able to donate a portion of my earnings to these four special charities whose work is vital to our industry,” said Bob Baffert.  “We hope these contributions will go a long way toward supporting and bringing awareness to the very important work these non-profit organizations do in caring for our human and equine athletes.”

“I spoke to both Bob and Jill before the race and they told me of their plans to shine a very bright spotlight on horse retirement,” said Madeline Auerbach, CARMA’s Founder and Past President.

“We are very grateful to Bob and Jill for making such a substantial contribution to CARMA,” said Lucinda Mandella, Executive Director.  “Their generosity and support means so much.  They have demonstrated exceptional leadership for such an important cause in our industry.”

CARMA, (California Retirement Management Account), was founded in 2007 and has granted over $2.5 million dollars to charities that retire, retrain and re-home off-track Thoroughbreds.  It is a charitable 501 (c)(3) organization formed to assist Thoroughbred rehabilitation and retirement organizations that facilitate the care and retraining of horses who raced in California and whose racing careers have ended. CARMA ensures the racehorses have retirement options by managing and disbursing funds to qualified retirement facilities caring for such horses.

Bo Derek and Chuck Winner Join CARMA Advisory Board

California Retirement Management Account (CARMA) is pleased to announce that CHRB Commissioner Bo Derek and CHRB Chairman Chuck Winner have joined the CARMA Advisory Board.  “We are thrilled to have Bo and Chuck join us in our efforts,” said CARMA Founder Madeline Auerbach, “Each has been a strong supporter of CARMA over the years and we look forward to working with them on behalf of our equine stars.”

Chuck Winner is the founder of a marketing and crisis management firm based in Beverly Hills, CA.  He is a long-time Thoroughbred owner, often joining partnerships that have campaigned such horses as Liberian Freighter, I Want Revenge, and Walkslikeaduck.  Appointed to the California Horse Racing Board in 2012, he currently serves as Chairman.

Bo Derek, iconic film star and model, is an avid horse lover and riding enthusiast.  Known for her support of animal welfare, Bo serves on several charitable organizations to benefit animals, including Richard Branson’s Wild Aid and various veterans’ organizations.

CARMA (California Retirement Management Account) is a charitable 501 (c)(3) organization formed to assist Thoroughbred rehabilitation and retirement organizations that facilitate the care and retraining of horses who raced in California and whose racing careers have ended. CARMA ensures the racehorses have retirement options by managing and disbursing funds to qualified retirement facilities caring for such horses.

John Sadler & Edwin Maldanado face off in 2nd Annual Trainer & Jockey Calcutta at the Thoroughbred Classic Horse Show

TCHShpc.inddBridging the gap between the racing world and the horse show world, is the 2nd Annual Trainer & Jockey Calcutta, with race horse trainers and jockeys navigating their mounts through a jumper course. Spectators will be able to buy a win ticket on their favorite team and the pool will be split between the winning ticket holders and CARMA, to continue funding the aftercare of Thoroughbreds. Riders will include trainers John Sadler, Matt Chew, Kristen Mulhall, Janet Armstrong, Jeff Metz, James Cassidy, Emily Mode, Carl O’Callaghan, and Keith Craigmyle; jockeys Martin Garcia, Aaron Gryder, Edwin Maldanado, Kayla Stra, Desiree Stra, and Britany Smith; former jockeys Zoe Cadman, David Neusch, Jack Stack, and Shelly McGrath.

The event will be featured live on, the network for horse sports. The December 13th evening event will feature a holiday party, including dinner and a no-host bar.

The Thoroughbred Classic Horse Show (TCHS) will conduct its third and final show of the 2014 season December 13-14, at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center (LAEC) in Burbank, CA.  Presented by the Siegel-CARMA Foundation, the Thoroughbred Classic Horse Show spotlights retired racehorses in their second careers as accomplished sport horses.

With the success of the two previous shows this year, the TCHS has a rapidly growing fan base of both show horse and race horse enthusiasts. The LAEC, rich in tradition of offering world-class equestrian events, offers an ideal location for the season finale. Spectators are always welcome anytime during the show.

In addition to the Hunter Derby, Jumper Stakes and Dressage Challenge, classes include Hunters, Jumpers, Equitation, Combined Training, In Hand, Western Dressage, Western Pleasure and Gymkhana with champions awarded in each division. Year-end Thoroughbred Incentive Program Awards also will be offered.


“The TCHS series continues to raise awareness and open up more opportunities for Off-Track Thoroughbreds to find second careers in new disciplines, while connecting the racing and sport horse worlds,” said Candace Coder-Chew, CARMA Board Member and Director of Print & Graphics, Santa Anita Park, “That has always been a major goal for us.”

Thank you to our sponsors: Breeders’ Cup Limited, Bullet Train, B & B Foundation, Mr.& Mrs. Bob Baffert, Blue Tree Farms, LLC, Bob Hubbard Horse Transportation, Elizabeth J. Dapp, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Enviro Equine MVP, Marta E. Granstedt DVM, Great American Insurance Company, HRTV, International Racehorse Transport, Devon Geiger Nielsen, TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program, Schroeder Farms LLC, Wild Gold, and Howard Zucker.

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Over $70,000 Raised at 7th Annual CARMA Cares Charity Fundraiser

C4C.inddThe Del Mar horse crowd dug deep into their pockets on July 19th to raise money for retired racehorses.  CARMA’s (California Retirement Management Account) 7th Annual “CARMA Cares Charity Fundraiser – Cards 4 CARMA” at the Del Mar Hilton Hotel was enjoyed by more than 200 owners, trainers, jockeys and fans.  After several years of a beach theme, this year the event moved back indoors at the Hilton and featured a variety of card games to raise funds for retired racehorses.  The evening included live music, provided by Eric Auckerman’s West Coasters Band, a silent auction, a charity Texas Hold’Em poker tournament and various card games.

Steve Rothbloom, a regular fixture in the Doug O’Neill barn and a familiar face at the races won the Texas Hold ‘Em style poker tournament, in a close finish with owner Bob Bone.  Many poker players lingered to see how the tournament would end and were able to enjoy the other casino-style games while waiting.

CARMA Chair, Madeline Auerbach, expressed her gratitude for all the support given by the racing industry. “So many people donated items for the auction, purchased tickets, and sponsored the event this year,” said Auerbach.  “We could not do such important work and raise these kinds of dollars without the support of our entire community – owners, trainers, jockeys, agents, sponsors and volunteers.”

This year’s grand prize, two weekend packages at Carson Valley Inn Hotel & Casino, was generously donated by owner Mike Pegram.  Additional sponsors included Madeline Auerbach, Bourbon Lane Stables, Daily Racing Form, First Foundation Bank, Rick & Marcia Gold, Harris Farms, Havens Bloodstock, Jay Em Ess Stable, Liberty Road Stable, Little Red Feather Racing Club, Narvick International, Rancho San Miguel, Jim & Janet Rome, Santa Anita Park, TVG-Betfair, Chuck Winner and von Bluecher, Blea, Hunkin Equine Medicine Inc.

All CARMA donations will be used to help care for retired racehorses whose careers have ended after competing in California Thoroughbred races.  Through a detailed grant process, facilities that care for these Thoroughbreds may apply for funding on an annual basis.  Last year, CARMA awarded more than $450,000 to a variety of charities that retire, retrain, and re-home former Thoroughbred racehorses.  After such a successful fundraising event, CARMA is looking forward to the grant process which begins in September.  The 2014 grants will be presented in December, during the Santa Anita race meet.

Cards 4 CARMA Set For July 19, 2014

7th Annual CARMA Cares Charity Event Raises Funds for Retired Racehorses

cards-for-carma-2014“Cards 4 CARMA” to be held Opening Weekend of the 2014 Del Mar Racing Season

In support of providing funding for the rehabilitation, retraining and/or retirement of Thoroughbred horses that have raced in California, CARMA will be hosting its 7th annual charity fundraiser. “Cards 4 CARMA”, on Saturday, July 19, at the Del Mar Hilton Hotel at 6:30 pm.

Attendees of the “Cards 4 CARMA” event will enjoy a Texas Hold’Em Poker Tournament, limited to the first 100 registrants, a Casino Night, silent auction and much more.  There will be live music performed by The West Coasters Band, heavy appetizers and a no-host bar.  Guests will mix and mingle with industry elite, including racehorse owners, trainers and jockeys.  This year’s prizes include a weekend stay at The Carson Valley Inn & Casino located in Carson Valley, Nevada.  One trip includes three nights and two days of golf for two, plus a $100 food credit at the hotel.  Another trip includes two nights and $100 food credit.

“We are extremely proud of the work we’ve done over the last seven years for the horses, and are looking forward to the continued support of our friends and partners at this year’s event,” said CARMA Board Chair Madeline Auerbach. “The CARMA program has been a proven success in terms of dollars raised, and most importantly, in the tangible results seen at our benefiting farms and facilities where the horses live.  CARMA has become a leader in the retirement/adoption community and events like this make our work possible.”

Guests who are not playing in the poker tournament can enjoy the festivities – including a live band, delicious appetizers, no-host cocktails, 50/50 Drawing, a silent auction and more – for just $50.  Individual poker players enter into the limited Texas Hold ‘Em style tournament with a $200 donation.

Register for the event by July 1st and receive two (2) complimentary Clubhouse Passes valid any single day of 2014 Del Mar Meet. 

Tickets for “Cards 4 CARMA” are now available at For questions please call (626) 574-6622 or email The Del Mar Hilton hotel is located at 15575 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, California 92014.  Attendees must be at least 21 years of age.



The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) announced today that it has hired James Hastie as the organization’s Executive Director, effective November 18, 2013. Mike Ziegler, who has served as the TAA’s Executive Director since March 2012, will remain with the organization through a transition period before returning full-time to his role as Executive Director of the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance.

Hastie joins the TAA from Cazenovia, N.Y. and brings to the role 15 years of executive management, fundraising and communications experience. Most recently he served as Major Gifts Officer for the American Red Cross in Syracuse, N.Y., where his responsibilities included identification, cultivation, solicitation, stewardship and communications with major donors. He also held roles as Interim Chief Development Officer and Public Affairs Specialist at the American Red Cross. His prior experience includes leadership roles at State University of New York, Zurich Rowing World Cup, IMG/TWI, the U.S. Equestrian Team, and Walt Disney World, Inc. Hastie holds a Master of Science in Communications Management from Syracuse University, and a Bachelor of Science in Communications and Marketing from LeMoyne College in Syracuse, N.Y. He will be based in the TAA’s Lexington, Ky. offices.

Hastie also brings a long history of involvement with equestrian sports. He served as Director of Communications for the U.S. Equestrian Team from 1997-2000, and as Executive Director of the Morrisville College Foundation (MCF) he spearheaded fundraising efforts to build the Morrisville State College Equine Rehabilitation Center. He was also involved in organizing the 2012 American Express Ride for The Red Cross, a trail ride in Wellington, FL featuring Olympic riders and benefiting the American Red Cross National Disaster Relief Fund.

“We’re pleased to welcome James to the TAA. His leadership and fundraising experience, combined with his passion and appreciation for horses, make him uniquely qualified to lead the organization in its mission to establish an industry-wide solution for Thoroughbred aftercare,” stated Jack Wolf, TAA board president and Thoroughbred owner. “We would also like to thank Mike Ziegler for his dedication and leadership of the TAA. He has been integral in our initial accreditation and fundraising, and in establishing industry-wide support for our efforts.”

CARMA & TAA To Provide Wristbands at Breeders’ Cup to Promote Aftercare Awareness

October 17, 2013 – The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) is teaming up with California Retirement Management Account (CARMA) at the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park on November 1-2, 2013 to promote awareness of Thoroughbred aftercare. The two aftercare organizations will be providing wristbands for fans to wear to show their support for retired Thoroughbreds.

Breeders’ Cup attendees may pick up these aqua-colored wristbands at the TAA and CARMA booth located by the fountain near the south entrance to Santa Anita. They will be distributed free of charge with donations welcomed. TAA and CARMA representatives will also be present to answer questions and provide information on Thoroughbred aftercare and their organizations.

“With the best Thoroughbreds coming together to compete in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to highlight the importance of caring for these great athletes after their racing careers are over,” said Mike Ziegler, Executive Director of TAA. “The wristbands are an easy and visible way for fans, horsemen and other participants to show their support, and we hope that everyone attending will wear them with pride.”

“An important part of CARMA’s mission is to promote industry support and awareness for Thoroughbred aftercare, and these wristbands are the perfect way to demonstrate that support,” said Lucinda Mandella, Executive Director of CARMA. “Breeders’ Cup is the highlight of our year and the perfect spot to pay tribute to the equine stars that have given their all on the track, and now need our support in retirement.”

For more information on the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, please visit the Breeders’ Cup web site, You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media platforms, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Based in Lexington, KY, the TAA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization designed to serve as both an accrediting body for aftercare facilities that care for Thoroughbreds following the conclusion of their racing careers, and a fundraising body to support these approved facilities.  Funded initially by seed money from Breeders’ Cup, Ltd., The Jockey Club, and Keeneland Association, the TAA is comprised of and supported by owners, trainers, breeders, racetracks, jockeys, aftercare professionals and other industry groups. To support the TAA, please visit or call 859-224-2756.

CARMA, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, raises money for retired thoroughbred racehorses that have raced in California and grants funds to CARMA-accredited aftercare partners.  It is run by an independent board of directors and is responsible for hosting fundraising events, educating owners and trainers on equine retirement and working to unify the industry in support of retiring equine athletes.  It is a member of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, which works toward a national solution to issues surrounding retired racehorses.