LEXINGTON, Ky. – Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) will host Bash at the Breeders’ Cup on Friday, November 4 at the Grand Reserve in the Distillery District of downtown Lexington, Ky. The fundraising event will feature signature cocktails, Southern cuisine, live music, and a live auction of racing memorabilia and experiences. Tickets are available here.
“Bash at the Breeders’ Cup has become a can’t miss event on the Breeders’ Cup week calendar,” said Erin Halliwell executive director of TCA. “We’re looking forward to another fantastic event all while raising money for our 2023 approved grant recipients that work to provide Thoroughbred aftercare and offer health and human services to backstretch and farm workers.”
Bash at the Breeders’ Cup will feature a live auction including a Del Mar Racing package, a halter worn by Life is Good, a racing saddle signed by numerous jockeys including Johnny Velazquez and Jose Ortiz, a Whitney Stakes package, a Blue Grass Stakes package, artwork by Jeaneen Barnhart and much more. Artist Robert Clark will live paint an oil on linen piece featuring top Breeders’ Cup contenders. The piece will be available for bidding in the live auction. For those that cannot attend in-person, online bidding will be available beginning on Tuesday, November 1. Online bidding will close at 12 p.m. ET on Friday, November 4 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 sponsored by Churchill Downs, Herringswell Stables, Blackstone Farm, Abbondanza Racing, New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, Candy Meadows Farm, Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, Tito’s Vodka, Maker’s Mark, and Jackson Family Wines. Media sponsors include the 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 2022, TCA granted over $783,000 to 74 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).