LEXINGTON, Ky. – Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) will host an online auction of halters worn by Breeders’ Cup winners and contenders. The All-Star Halter Auction is set to open on Friday, November 6 at 9 a.m. and will conclude on Monday, November 9 at 7 p.m. EST. The auction is sponsored by LNJ Foxwoods and all proceeds will benefit TCA.
“In a normal year, we would be just days away from our annual Bash at the Breeders’ Cup fundraising event,” said Erin Crady executive director of TCA. “However, like so many nonprofits, we’ve pivoted to an online fundraiser this year. The funds raised by the auction will help us to continue to make impactful grants to approved organizations working to transition Thoroughbreds into second careers, provide health and human services for backstretch and farm workers, and provide equine-assisted therapy services to men, women, and children.”
More than 50 halters worn by Breeders’ Cup contenders and winners will be available for bidding. Halters worn by Classic winners Accelerate, American Pharoah, Awesome Again, Blame, Curlin, Ghostzapper, Gun Runner, Mucho Macho Man, Tiznow, Vino Rosso, and Zenyatta will be offered. A halter worn by 2020 Kentucky Derby winner and Classic contender Authentic as well as a halter and two shoes worn by Preakness-winning filly and Distaff contender Swiss Skydiver will be available. All halters may be previewed here.
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 2020, TCA granted over $1 million to 70 charities working within Thoroughbred retraining, rehoming and retirement; backstretch and farm worker services, research and equine-assisted therapy. Over the last 30 years, TCA has granted more than $24 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 Owner and Breeders Association (TOBA). More information can be found at tca.org.