Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) and Kentucky Downs have launched a pledge campaign called Horsemen Giving Back for the meet starting Sept. 5.
To participate, horsemen complete a pledge form that can be downloaded here or obtained from the Kentucky Downs racing office. Pledge forms should be submitted to TCA before Sept. 19 via email: to email@example.com or via fax to (859) 276-2462.
“As a Thoroughbred owner myself, I was looking for an easy way to give back to horses and the people on the backstretch that take care of them. Donating a small percentage of our purse money is an easy way to do that. I'm excited about all the horsemen that have stepped up to participate in this fun campaign, and there's no better place to do it than Kentucky Downs,” said Nathan McCauley, TCA board member and chairman of the pledge campaign committee.
“Kentucky Downs is pleased to be able to assist TCA with its fundraising efforts,” said CJ Johnsen, live racing manager at Kentucky Downs. “We are committed to giving back to the industry and whole-heartedly support TCA’s work.”
TCA distributes grants to several categories of Thoroughbred-related nonprofits including retirement, rehabilitation and adoption organizations; backstretch and farm employee programs; therapeutic riding programs; and research organizations. TCA has granted over $21 million to more than 200 charities since its inception in 1990. TCA grants funds to organizations that successfully meet the criteria set forth in its annual grant application.