TCA to Honor Banke, Backstretch Employee Service Team

Barbara Banke and the Backstretch Employee Service Team will be recognized for their work in the Thoroughbred industry.
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Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) will honor Barbara Banke with the Allaire duPont Leadership Award and the Backstretch Employee Service Team (BEST) with the Ellen and Herb Moelis Industry Service Award at the 27th annual Stallion Season Auction and Celebration on Jan. 7, 2017 at the Keeneland Entertainment Center in Lexington, Kentucky.

"We are pleased to acknowledge Barbara Banke and BEST for their outstanding work within the Thoroughbred industry," said Mike McMahon, TCA president. "Barbara is involved with numerous organizations that offer aftercare services or support farm or backstretch employees that care for Thoroughbreds, and BEST’s outstanding program provides health and human services to thousands of backstretch workers each year at (New York Racing Association) tracks—we couldn’t think of a more deserving individual and organization for these awards."

The Allaire duPont Leadership Award, named for one of TCA’s founders, is presented annually to an organization or individual whose philanthropic endeavors are consistent with TCA’s mission. Past award winners include Bourbon Lane Stable, Graham and Anita Motion, Frank Stronach, Fasig-Tipton, Darley, Todd Pletcher, Roy and Gretchen Jackson, Bill Casner, and John and Debby Oxley.

Banke, the chairman and proprietor of Jackson Family Wines, is one of the wine industry’s top innovators. Her successful Stonestreet Farms raced Horses of the Year Curlin and Rachel Alexandra, and Eclipse Award Winner My Miss Aurelia. The farm has produced more than 20 graded stakes winners since its inception in 2005. A staunch advocate of Thoroughbred aftercare, Stonestreet is committed to giving their former racers every opportunity to succeed in a second career. Banke is a long-time supporter of TCA and many organizations that work on behalf of Thoroughbreds and those who care for them

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