April 15, 2012

 

 Organization to accredit racehorse retirement facilities

 

A group of Thoroughbred industry stakeholders in February announced the establishment of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance to accredit facilities that care for and adopt out Thoroughbred racehorses after retirement—and to raise funds for accredited facilities.

Breeders' Cup Ltd., the Jockey Club, and Keeneland Association Inc. provided the seed money for the TAA.

"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 Jack Wolf, TAA board president and Thoroughbred owner.

The TAA will accredit aftercare facilities on the basis of a code of standards covering operations, education, horse management, facility services, and adoption policies. The TAA will raise funds on behalf of accredited facilities via institutional contributions.