01/06/2014 12:52PM

Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance to receive Special Eclipse Award


The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, a non-profit organization founded by a coalition of racing groups to support the industry’s efforts to care for retired horses, will receive the 2013 Special Eclipse Award, the organizers of the awards announced Monday.

At the end of 2013, the TAA distributed approximately $1 million in grants to 23 organizations it has accredited. The organization was founded in 2012 to help the racing industry address persistent concerns about the fate of retired horses.

“This is a tremendous honor for the TAA and great recognition of the substantial achievements this organization has made,” Jack Wolf, president of the TAA’s board and the co-managing partner of Starlight Racing, said in a press release. “While there is much work ahead of us, this award is an opportunity to celebrate our successes and thank our donors, supporters, and the TAA team for their hard work and dedication to fulfilling the TAA’s mission.”

The Special Eclipse Award is presented to honor “extraordinary service, individual achievements in, or contributions to the sport of Thoroughbred racing,” according to the organizers of the awards. Although it has not been awarded every year, the organizers have identified a winner of the award nine out of the last 10 years and 23 times since 1971.