10/17/2013 1:25PM

TAA, CARMA to promote aftercare awareness at Breeders’ Cup

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The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) and California Retirement Management Account (CARMA) will have a presence at the Breeders’ Cup Nov. 1 and 2 at Santa Anita Park, in order to raise awareness and support for Thoroughbred aftercare efforts.

The two organizations will be located near Santa Anita’s south entrance to hand out wristbands for fans to show their support for retired Thoroughbreds. The wristbands will be distributed free of charge, but donations are welcome.

“With the best Thoroughbreds coming together to compete in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to highlight the importance of caring for these great athletes after their racing careers are over,” said Mike Ziegler, executive director of TAA. “The wristbands are an easy and visible way for fans, horsemen and other participants to show their support, and we hope that everyone attending will wear them with pride.”

TAA and CARMA representatives will also be present to answer questions and provide information on Thoroughbred aftercare and their organizations.

“An important part of CARMA’s mission is to promote industry support and awareness for Thoroughbred aftercare, and these wristbands are the perfect way to demonstrate that support,” said Lucinda Mandella, executive director of CARMA. “Breeders’ Cup is the highlight of our year and the perfect spot to pay tribute to the equine stars that have given their all on the track, and now need our support in retirement.”