NYRA to Match Contributions in Support of TAA

The TAA provides grants to 56 accredited Thoroughbred aftercare organizations across the United States and Canada.

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The New York Racing Association (NYRA) will be matching contributions to the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) in 2016.

Martin Panza, senior vice president for racing operations, said NYRA is currently matching the contributions of owners to the TAA on a per-start basis. In 2015, NYRA recorded 17,276 starts occurring at its three tracks. Owners competing on NYRA tracks contribute $5 per start to the TAA.

"It’s about giving back to the horses and supporting their aftercare long after they have exited the stage," said Panza. "These athletes have given so much to our sport and provided joy and excitement for fans in New York and beyond. In that spirit, we continue to support the good work of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance on behalf of our retired athletes."

A nonprofit organization, the TAA accredits, inspects, and awards grants to approved aftercare organizations to retire, retrain, and rehome Thoroughbreds using industry-wide funding. Founded in 2012 with seed money from Breeders’ Cup Ltd., The Jockey Club, and Keeneland Association Inc, the TAA works with stallion farms, racetracks, sales companies, horsemen’s groups, trainers, owners, Triple Crown winners, veterinarians, media outlets, and more united with a common goal: to create sustainable funding for accredited Thoroughbred aftercare organizations

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