It would be interesting to see what “aftercare” will actually mean. Will the horses be provided a sanctuary where they will be well cared for the rest of their days unless they are adopted out to caring families? That of course would be one of the best things that could happen. And it looks like that might be the case. If anyone knows details, be sure to share in the comments section with us. ~ HfH
From: The Courier Journal
By: Gregory A. Hall
A partnership announced Wednesday between thoroughbred owners and Kentucky’s two most prominent racetracks will provide up to $10 for each horse running at Churchill Downs or Keeneland Race Course beginning with their spring meets.
The deal, which involves the Kentucky Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association that represents owners and trainers and the two tracks, allows owners to contribute $5 for each start by a horse of theirs at one of the tracks and that donation would be matched by the respective track. Owners electing not to participate can notify the horsemen’s bookkeeper at the track.
The money will go to the Lexington-based Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, which serves as both an accrediting body for facilities that care for thoroughbreds following their racing careers and a fundraising body to support the approved facilities. One of the major forces behind the industry collaboration was Louisville’s Jack Wolf, the co-managing partner of Starlight Racing who is the aftercare alliance’s founder and former board president.