TAA Now Accepting Accreditation Applications

THOROUGHBRED AFTERCARE ALLIANCE NOW ACCEPTING ACCREDITATION
APPLICATIONS FROM ELIGIBLE AFTERCARE FACILITIES

New York, N.Y. – March 5, 2013 – The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) announced today that Thoroughbred aftercare organizations may now apply for TAA accreditation. Passing the TAA’s on-site accreditation inspection will make a facility eligible to receive financial support for the ongoing care of retired Thoroughbreds.

Facilities eligible to apply for TAA accreditation include those conforming to the following four broad standards:

  • Possess 501 (c)(3) tax exempt status
  • Have been operational for at least three years
  • Care for a resident population of at least five, with at least 50% being Thoroughbreds
  • Follow a euthanasia policy consistent with that of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP)

Applications for accreditation must be submitted by June 1 for organizations to be eligible for consideration for grants in 2013 and 2014. The complete TAA Code of Standards for aftercare facilities and the accreditation application are available at www.thoroughbredaftercare.org.

“The Code of Standards and application materials are products of a great deal of input from all around the Thoroughbred community, including the American Association of Equine Practitioners and the American Humane Association,” said TAA Executive Director Mike Ziegler. “Our guiding principle in the creation of all of these documents was to make the welfare of retired Thoroughbreds our top priority.”

“The American Association of Equine Practitioners strongly supports the efforts of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance,” said AAEP President Ann Dwyer, DVM. “The AAEP has worked in partnership with the TAA on the development of its Code of Standards, best practices, and application and site inspector documents and supports its efforts to improve the care of Thoroughbreds at rescue and retirement facilities throughout North America.”

“The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance will help give Thoroughbreds the post-racing life they deserve,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, President and CEO of American Humane Association. “By establishing standards for aftercare facilities and supporting those facilities that adhere to them, we believe the TAA’s work will have a truly lasting impact on the welfare of Thoroughbreds.”

Based in Lexington, Ky., the TAA is designed to serve as both the 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 thoroughbredaftercare.org or call 859-224-2756.

Jockey Club Amends Rule Book with “Retired from Racing” Clause

         

The Jockey Club Amends Rule Book with

“Retired from Racing” Clause

The Jockey Club has amended Rule 18 of the Principal Rules and Requirements of The American Stud Book from Sold Without Pedigree to Sold as Retired from Racing so that an owner can retire a Thoroughbred from racing without affecting its breeding privileges, it was announced today.

Under the previous Rule 18, the Certificate of Foal Registration for a horse sold without pedigree was returned to The Jockey Club and cancelled, and the horse was no longer considered a Thoroughbred for breeding or racing purposes.

Under the amended Rule 18, the owner of a Thoroughbred can request that The Jockey Club attach a special notation to the Certificate of Foal Registration to indicate the horse should no longer be considered a Thoroughbred for racing purposes. Unlike the previous Sold Without Pedigree, horses that are Retired from Racing are still considered Thoroughbreds for breeding purposes.

“For myriad reasons, owners may not want their Thoroughbred to race again, but they do want the horse’s offspring to be eligible for registration with The Jockey Club,” said Matt Iuliano, executive vice president and executive director, The Jockey Club. “We developed the Sold as Retired from Racing rule with that in mind.”

To sell a horse as retired from racing, the owner must send a signed and notarized Sold as Retired from Racing form, a set of photographs of the horse, and the horse’s Certificate of Foal Registration to The Jockey Club within 60 days of the sale. The Jockey Club will stamp the certificate “Retired from Racing” and forward it to the purchaser. A copy of such stamped certificates will be made available at registry.jockeyclub.com for interested industry stakeholders.

The rule change comes as welcome news to owners, horsemen, and organizations dedicated to aftercare.

“I recently tried to sell a horse for breeding purposes only, but the horse ended up back at the track,” said Thoroughbred owner Earle Mack. “This new rule will help owners do what they believe is in the best interests of their horses. We surely owe our horses that.”

“This is a valuable tool to protect the future of retired racehorses,” said Rick Violette Jr., president of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association. “It will simplify the transfer process and give owners the peace of mind of knowing the horses they retire will not race again.”

“This rule will greatly enhance Thoroughbred aftercare efforts,” said Mike Ziegler, executive director, Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance. “Many owners and rescue organizations were hesitant about sending pedigree papers with a horse because they were worried the horse would end up back on the track. Now, the papers can travel with the Thoroughbred to its second career, making it easier to identify and more appealing to new owners.”

The retired from racing rule is spelled out below and can be found in the online Principal Rules and Requirements of The American Stud Book at registry.jockeyclub.com.

New Rule 18

     18. SOLD AS RETIRED FROM RACING

A.  If an owner desires a Thoroughbred to be considered retired from racing, the owner/owner’s agent must submit the following to The Jockey Club within 60 days after the date of sale:

1.  The Certificate of Foal Registration;

2.  A completed Sold as Retired from Racing form bearing notarized signatures of both the owner/owner’s agent and the purchaser/purchaser’s agent;

3.  A set of four color photographs of the horse (front, both sides, and rear views) clearly showing the color and the markings (or lack of markings) on the head, legs and body; and

4.  Any further evidence and assurances as The Jockey Club may require.

B. Upon receipt in the Registry Office, the respective Certificate of Foal Registration will be stamped “Retired from Racing” and will be returned to the purchaser/purchaser’s agent.  A copy of the stamped Certificate of Foal Registration will be made available on The Jockey Club Registry website at registry.jockeyclub.com.

C.  Certificates of Foal Registration for Thoroughbreds that were recorded by the Registry Office as Sold Without Pedigree prior to March 2013 shall remain cancelled.

Additional information about the new Rule 18 may be obtained by contacting The Jockey Club Registry at inquiries@jockeyclub.com or by calling (800) 444-8521.

 

The Jockey Club, founded in 1894 and dedicated to the improvement of Thoroughbred racing and breeding, is the breed registry for North American Thoroughbreds. In fulfillment of its mission, The Jockey Club provides support and leadership on a wide range of important industry initiatives and it serves the information and technology needs of owners, breeders, media, fans and farms, among others. Additional information is available at jockeyclub.com.

 

CARMA Named Beneficiary of 2012 Deepstacks Poker Tour Breeders’ Cup Celebrity Invitational

Breeders' Cup 2012

NEW YORK (Aug. 13, 2012) — Today the Breeders’ Cup announced that it has selected the California Retirement Management Account (CARMA) as the beneficiary of the 2012 Deepstacks Poker Tour Breeders’ Cup Celebrity Invitational, which will be held during Breeders’ Cup week on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at Commerce Casino.

CARMA is a non-profit, charitable organization created to raise money for retired California racehorses, dedicated to the goal of providing funding for the rehabilitation, retraining and/or retirement of Thoroughbred horses that have raced in California. Funds raised at the 2012 CARMA Cares “Poker in Paradise – A Night Under the Stars,” hosted by Breeders’ Cup poker ambassador Mike “The Grinder” Mizrachi, in July totaled more than $60,000 for retired racehorses. The final table from that event won automatic entry into the final table of the Breeders’ Cup Celebrity Invitational Poker Tournament. The night’s grand prizewinner, Steve Rothblum, also won a VIP experience trip to the 2012 Breeders’ Cup World Championships.

The second annual Breeders’ Cup Celebrity Invitational Poker Tournament will be held at Commerce Casino in Commerce, Calif. and will again be hosted by Mike “The Grinder” Mizrachi, a two-time winner of the World Series of Poker $50,000 Players Championship. Winner of the Breeders’ Cup Celebrity Invitational Poker Tournament will earn an automatic entry into the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge, November 2 and 3 at Santa Anita Park.

“We’re honored to be able to support an organization as committed to Thoroughbred retirement and rehabilitation as CARMA,” said Craig Fravel, Breeders’ Cup CEO. “The importance of the well-being of our athletes extends beyond their racing careers, so it’s important that we as an industry are able to provide adequate facilities and resources for these Thoroughbreds.”

“We are so pleased Breeders’ Cup has selected CARMA as one of its charity partners this year. Having a global organization like the Breeders’ Cup talk about and promote racehorse retirement is vital to our efforts – raising awareness is essential for raising funds. The entire CARMA Board is thrilled to have Breeders’ Cup as a partner this year and we join the rest of California racing in welcoming Breeders’ Cup back to Santa Anita Park,” says CARMA founder and Board Chair Madeline Auerbach.

The final table from the 2012 “Poker in Paradise — A Night Under the Stars” includes Steve Rothblum, Lon Payne, Patrick Soltero, Matt Lovingier, Gary Grey, Tracy Reed, Jay Scoratow and Peter Webb.
The Breeders’ Cup, Thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious global event, consists of 15 races and more than $25 million in purses. This year’s event will be held at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., on November 2-3 and will be televised live on the NBC Sports Network. The $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic will be televised in primetime on NBC at 8 p.m. ET on Nov 3.

Play Poker Against Mike “The Grinder” Mizrachi and Win Tickets to the Breeders’ Cup

CARMA to hold its 5th annual “Poker in Paradise” for retired racehorses

Bring your best poker face to Del Mar on Saturday, July 21, to help support retired racehorses. California Retirement Management Account (CARMA) will host its 5th annual charity poker tournament, “Poker in Paradise – A Night Under the Stars,” at the Del Mar Hilton Hotel at 6:30 p.m.

Your donation will not only go toward a worthy cause, you’ll get a chance to play against poker pro/celeb Mike “The Grinder” Mizrachi, a winner of the World Series of Poker $50,000 Players Championship. The grand prize of the night will be a Breeders’ Cup package for two, which includes two Club Theater seats for Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2-3, at Santa Anita Park, and two VIP party tickets. In addition, players who reach the final table of eight will win a seat at the Breeders’ Cup Celebrity Poker Invitational on Oct. 30 in Los Angeles.

Poker in Paradise attendees, for a $20 donation, will enjoy the laid-back tropical paradise theme along with appetizers that include sliders and a mashed potato martini bar. Guests will mix and mingle with racehorse owners, trainers and jockeys.

Individual poker players enter into the Texas Hold ‘Em tournament for a $200 donation. Corporate tables for eight players are available for a $3,000 donation. Register for the event by July 1st and receive a complimentary Clubhouse Pass valid any single day of the 2012 Del Mar race meeting.

“We are so pleased that the Breeders’ Cup is a partner in this year’s “Poker in Paradise’ event,” said CARMA Board Chair Madeline Auerbach. “People who attend the event always have a great time and are so generous to support our work to help the horses in our racing community. We look forward to seeing everyone back again and welcome ‘The Grinder’ to the event.”

Buy a seat now or for information please call (626) 574-6622 or email info@CARMA4horses.org. 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.

5th Annual Poker in Paradise Event on Saturday July 21, 2012

5th Annual Charity “Poker in Paradise” Event Raises Funds to Care for Retired Racehorses
 
–Tournament to be held on Opening Weekend of the 2012 Del Mar Racing Season–

Arcadia, CA – In support of providing funding for the rehabilitation, retraining and/or retirement of Thoroughbred horses that have raced in California, CARMA will be hosting their 5th annual charity poker tournament, Poker in Paradise – A Night Under the Stars, on Saturday, July 21, at the Del Mar Hilton Hotel at 6:30 pm.

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.

In support of CARMA’s efforts, attendees of the Poker in Paradise event will enjoy a laid back tropical paradise theme along with heavy appetizers.  Guests will mix and mingle with industry elite, including racehorse owners, trainers and jockeys.

“We are extremely proud of the work we’ve done over the last five years for the horses in our racing community, and are looking forward to the continued support of our friends and partners at this year’s “Poker in Paradise” 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 benefitting 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.”

Individual poker players enter into the Texas Hold ‘Em style tournament with a $200 donation. Poker players are encouraged to bring guests to attend and enjoy the event.  Corporate tables for 8 players are available for a $3,000 donation. Additional donation opportunities will be available through on-site opportunity drawings. Register for the event by July 1st and receive a complimentary Clubhouse Pass valid any single day of 2012 Del Mar Meet.

Tickets for the Poker in Paradise event are now available at www.carma4horses.org. For questions please call (626) 574-6622 or email info@CARMA4horses.org. 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.

CARMA is funded by individual donations and by a 0.3 percent deduction from purses to help fund equine retirement.  This deduction, one owners can opt-out of, is used to help support equine retirement farms and other non-profit programs that care for and retrain retired Thoroughbred racehorses.   Since its inception in 2008, CARMA has granted over $1.08 million which has provided  care to hundreds of Thoroughbreds that participated in California races at some point in their career. Over 80 percent of the funds raised by the organization are utilized in the day-to-day care of these horses.

Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Launched

This is great news for Thoroughbred racing!  Read the press release below about a new national funding organization for retired racehorses.

 

 

For Immediate Release:

Contact:  Eric Wing, NTRA Communications
212-521-5316 ewing@ntra.com

THOROUGHBRED AFTERCARE ALLIANCE IS LAUNCHED

New York, NY – February 9, 2012 – A broad-based group of Thoroughbred industry stakeholders announced today the establishment of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA)—an organization designed to serve as both the 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 owners, trainers, breeders, racetracks, jockeys, aftercare professionals and other industry groups.

“It is our responsibility as owners, tracks, breeders, trainers, jockeys, bloodstock agents, and anyone who has a stake in the game to take responsibility for the aftercare of these great animals who are the keystone of our sport,” said TAA board President and Thoroughbred owner Jack Wolf. “Securing support and funding from Breeders’ Cup, The Jockey Club,  Keeneland and so many other great organizations speaks to the credibility and importance of our effort and is so greatly appreciated.”

Additional support of the TAA has been provided by Adena Springs North, CARMA, Fasig-Tipton, The Jockeys’ Guild, New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, The New York  Racing Association, Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company and Thoroughbred Charities of America. The organization also received staff support from Thoroughbred Charities of America, the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA). The NTRA will continue to provide that support on an ongoing basis.

The TAA will accredit aftercare facilities based on a Code of Standards covering operations, education, horse management, facility services and adoption policies. Simultaneously, the  TAA will raise funds on behalf of accredited facilities via institutional contributions that are to be directed 100% to program services rather than to fundraising or general administrative costs.

“The Breeders’ Cup is proud to be one of the initial funders for the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and fully support the TAA goals of an industry-wide, annually funded program committed to the placement or second-career retraining of retired Thoroughbreds on a national scale,” said Craig Fravel, President and CEO of Breeders’ Cup Ltd. “Through the contributions of our sport’s stakeholders, we can help ensure that our horses are treated in a dignified manner throughout their lives.”

“The Jockey Club’s involvement and support of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance is a natural extension of our other ongoing efforts in the area of Thoroughbred aftercare,” said James L. Gagliano, The Jockey Club’s President and Chief Operating Officer. “The accreditation and proper funding for aftercare facilities will greatly enhance the well-being of our equine athletes, and we encourage other groups and individuals from all segments of our sport to support this Alliance.”

“Thoroughbred aftercare is something that touches us all,” said Nick Nicholson, President and CEO of Keeneland. “We are proud to do our part, and I know that virtually everyone else will be equally proud to do theirs in order to make the TAA an ongoing success.”

The TAA, a 501 (c) (6) non-profit organization with a 501 (c) (3) subsidiary, will fill out its staff and provide additional updates in the coming months. The TAA offices will be based in
Lexington, Ky.