Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Named “Official Partner” With Breeders’ Cup

From the TAA Media Team:

The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance has been named the official aftercare partner of the 2019 Breeders’ Cup World Championships Nov. 1-2 at Santa Anita Park.

The TAA is also an official charity of the Breeders’ Cup, along with TAA-accredited Old Friends, the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, and other nonprofits.

During the World Championships, the TAA will present the Marathon Stakes (G2) and will also have a presence at the track with TAA aftercare partner California Retirement Management Account (CARMA). CARMA works with all 11 TAA-accredited organizations in the state of California to safely transition horses from California racetracks into the next phase of their lives.

“The Breeders’ Cup has been a proud supporter of the TAA since inception” said Dora Delgado, Executive Vice President, Racing and Nominations, at Breeders’ Cup and a TAA board member. “The TAA is an official charity for Breeders’ Cup again this year and we hope that participants, connections, and fans will support their efforts in caring for our equine athletes after racing.”

As a seed money donor, the Breeders’ Cup has been a supporter of the TAA since inception.

“The TAA is grateful for the continued support from the Breeders’ Cup, and we are honored to be able to showcase aftercare on a global stage,” TAA President Mike Meuser said. “Best of luck to everyone at the World Championships.”

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 $13.8 million to accredited aftercare organizations. Currently 70 aftercare organizations supporting approximately 160 facilities across North America have been granted accreditation. To learn more about the TAA, visit




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The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds

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