LEXINGTON, Ky. – Thoroughbred Charities of America will honor Madeline Auerbach with the Allaire du Pont Leadership Award and the Race Track Chaplaincy – Metropolitan New York Division with the Ellen and Herb Moelis Industry Service Award at the 30th Annual Stallion Season Auction ‘Tis the Season Celebration presented by LNJ Foxwoods on Sunday, January 12, 2020 at Distillery Square at Grand Reserve in Lexington, Ky.
“Our board has again selected two outstanding award recipients,” said Erin Crady executive director of TCA. “Madeline’s contributions to the welfare of Thoroughbreds and the Race Track Chaplaincy of New York’s programs for backstretch workers exemplify the spirit of these awards. We look forward to honoring our award recipients at our ‘Tis the Seasons Celebration in January.”
The Allaire du Pont Leadership Award is presented annually to an organization or individual whose philanthropic endeavors are consistent with TCA’s mission. Past award winners include LNJ Foxwoods, Dan Rosenberg, Barbara Banke, Bourbon Lane Stable, Graham and Anita Motion, Frank Stronach, Fasig-Tipton, Darley, Todd Pletcher, and Roy and Gretchen Jackson.
Madeline Auerbach was first introduced to the world of Thoroughbred horse racing by her late husband Jim. Today, Auerbach owns approximately 60 horses both in breeding and racing capacities. A staunch advocate for Thoroughbred welfare, she is the founder and the former Chairperson of California Retirement Management Account (CARMA), a funding arm for retiring racehorses in California. She served for eight years as a director on the Thoroughbred Owners of California Board of Directors and is a founding director of The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance. She was elected as a member of the Jockey Club in 2012 and was appointed as a commissioner to the California Horse Racing Board by Governor Jerry Brown in 2014.
The Ellen and Herb Moelis Industry Service Award is presented annually to an organization that works to uphold TCA’s mission. Past award winners include the TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program, Caribbean Thoroughbred Aftercare, Backstretch Employee Service Team (B.E.S.T.), The Jockey Club’s Thoroughbred Incentive Program, CANTER USA, Retired Racehorse Project, Belmont Child Care Association, and Old Friends.
A long-time TCA grant recipient, the Race Track Chaplaincy – Metropolitan New York Division, works to provide support to the over 3,500 backstretch workers at Belmont Park, Aqueduct Racetrack, and Saratoga Race Course. The Chaplaincy offers children’s enrichment, social service, and recreational programs as well as educational opportunities and non-denominational religious services. Under the guidance of Chaplain Humberto Chavez, the Chaplaincy is vital to the unique community on the backstretch.
The Select Stallion Season Auction and ‘Tis the Seasons Celebration will feature select seasons including Audible, Blame, Constitution, Street Sense and Vino Rosso. Bidders or their authorized agents may bid on select seasons by attending the ‘Tis the Seasons Celebration in-person or they may contact TCA prior to 12 p.m. on Jan. 11 to arrange telephone bidding. In addition to the seasons, non-season lots including equine air transportation via Tex Sutton, equine ground transportation with Brook Ledge, a Keeneland September 2020 sales/auction package, and tickets to the 2020 Triple Crown races will be offered.
TCA Stallion Season Auction sponsors include LNJ Foxwoods, Rosenberg Thoroughbred Consulting, Limestone Bank, Bourbon Lane Stable, Equine Medical Associates, Horseco, Fasig-Tipton, TDN, BloodHorse, Paulick Report, and L.V. Harkness & Co. For further information regarding the 30th annual TCA Stallion Season Auction please visit tca.org or call (859) 276-4989.
Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) was formed in 1990 to raise and distribute funds to charities in the Thoroughbred industry that provide a better life for Thoroughbreds, both during and after their racing careers, by supporting qualified repurposing and retirement organizations and by helping the people who care for them. In 2018, TCA granted nearly $500,000 to 64 charities working within Thoroughbred retraining, rehoming and retirement; backstretch and farm worker services, research and equine-assisted therapy. During the last nearly 30 years, TCA has granted over $23 million to more than 200 charities that successfully meet the criteria set forth in its annual grant application. TCA also administers the Horses First Fund, founded by LNJ Foxwoods in 2016, to assist Thoroughbreds in need of emergency aid. TCA is the charitable arm of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA).