02/04/2016 2:50PM

NYRA matching owners' contributions to Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance

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OZONE PARK, N.Y. – The New York Racing Association will be matching owners’ contributions to the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance in 2016, NYRA announced on Thursday.

Owners on this circuit in 2015 contributed $5 per start to the TAA, a nonprofit organization that inspects and awards grants to approved aftercare organizations to retire, retrain, and find new homes for Thoroughbreds.

In 2015, there were 17,276 starters on the NYRA circuit, resulting in $86,380 in contributions to the TAA.

“It’s about giving back to the horses and supporting their aftercare long after they have exited the stage,” said Martin Panza, NYRA’s senior vice president of racing operations. “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.”