LEXINGTON, Ky. – Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) will host Bash at the Breeders’ Cup presented by Churchill Downs Incorporated on Friday, November 3 at the Le Méridien Hotel in Arcadia, Cal. The Le Méridien is located directly across from Gate 5 at Santa Anita Park. The fundraiser will feature signature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live music, and a live auction of racing memorabilia and experiences. Tickets are available here.
“Over the last eight years, Bash at the Breeders’ Cup has become a very popular event on the Breeders’ Cup week calendar,” said Erin Halliwell executive director of TCA. “We are excited to return to California and raise money for our approved grant recipients. TCA’s grants provide a broad range of support to approved charities offering Thoroughbred aftercare, health and human services to backstretch and farm workers, equine-assisted therapies, as well as Thoroughbred incentive programs. Our work wouldn’t be possible without the support of our donors.”
Bash at the Breeders’ Cup will feature a live auction including a Del Mar Racing package, halters worn by Arcangelo and Mage, a racing saddle signed by numerous jockeys including Johnny Velazquez, Flavien Prat, Julien Leparoux and Tyler Gaffalione, a VIP day at the races at Santa Anita Park, a Whitney Stakes weekend package in Saratoga, a box at the Blue Grass Stakes with weekend accommodations, a VIP race day at Kentucky Downs, a stay in a luxury Mexican villa, 2024 Breeders’ Cup tickets and more. For those that cannot attend in-person, online bidding will be available beginning on Wednesday, November 1. Online bidding will close at 12 p.m. ET on Friday, November 3 and bidders wishing to continue bidding in the live auction may bid by telephone. Auction items may be previewed here.
Bash at the Breeders’ Cup is generously presented by Churchill Downs Incorporated. Other sponsors include Herringswell Stables, New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, Candy Meadows Farm, Tito’s Vodka, Maker’s Mark, and Jackson Family Wines. Media sponsors include BloodHorse, TDN, Paulick Report, and the Horse Racing Radio Network.
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 2023, TCA granted over $821,000 to 75 approved charities working within Thoroughbred retraining, rehoming and retirement; backstretch and farm worker services, research and equine-assisted therapy. During the last three decades, TCA has granted over $26 million to more than 200 charities that successfully meet the criteria set forth in its annual grant application. TCA administers the Horses First Fund, founded by LNJ Foxwoods in 2016, to assist Thoroughbreds in need of emergency aid. TCA manages Cómo, a mobile app founded by Godolphin, that connects racing industry employees to the vital services they need through a network of racetrack chaplains and Thoroughbred industry organizations. TCA is the charitable arm of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA).