Colonial Downs, Virginia HBPA to Honor Thoroughbred Tracking Alliance on Virginia Derby Day – Reuters


Another successful meeting of the Colonial Downs race will culminate on Virginia Derby Day, highlighted by a dedication to the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA).

The Kitten’s Joy Stakes (G3) will be presented by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance on Virginia Derby Day. A TAA blanket and a bag of goodies will be given to the winning connections following the course of the race.

“We are thrilled to once again partner with the TAA in the sponsorship of the Kitten’s Joy Stakes,” said Jill Byrne, vice president of racing operations for Colonial Downs. “We value and appreciate the importance of what the TAA provides to the industry and are pleased to recognize their great efforts on our biggest day of the year, especially with a race named after one of greatest Virginia Derby winners of all time.”

The TAA will host the Best Turned Out Horse awards sponsored by the Virginia Horsemen’s Benevolent Protection Agency (HBPA) for each stake race on the September 6 card.

Grooms who win the Virginia HBPA-sponsored Best Turned Out Horse awards will receive a $100 cash prize and a TAA loot bag and will be broadcast live on the New Kent, Va.-based track simulcast stream.

“Virginia HBPA is pleased to sponsor and recognize the good care grooms provide our horses,” said Virginia HBPA Executive Director Frank Petramalo Jr. “We at Virginia HBPA so appreciate what the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and its accredited organizations provide for these horses after they retire.

Initiated in 2019, Colonial Downs and the Virginia HBPA each pledged $15 per tee when Colonial Downs met at the TAA.

“Colonial Downs and the Virginia HBPA are strong supporters of the TAA, and we are grateful for their recurring inclusion of the TAA on Virginia Derby Day,” said TAA President Jeffrey Bloom. “We look forward to this event every year and the opportunity it provides to work alongside TAA supporting racetracks and riding groups to promote thoroughbred tracking.”

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