Two Thoroughbred care groups are teaming up at Santa Anita Park on November 1-2 to “promote awareness of Thoroughbred aftercare” at the Breeders' Cup. The groups -- Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) and California Retirement Management Account (CARMA) – will provide wristbands for fans to show support for retired Thoroughbreds.
The aqua-colored wristbands will be given out free of charge with donations welcomed and accepted. Breeders' Cup spectators can pick up wristbands at the TAA and CARMA booth, conveniently located by the fountain by Santa Anita’s south entrance.
Representatives from both groups are readily available to answer questions. They will be more than happy to provide Thoroughbred aftercare information and further introduce their organizations.
Mike Ziegler, executive director of TAA, said, “"With the best Thoroughbreds coming together to compete in the Breeders' Cup World Championships, we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to highlight the importance of caring for these great athletes after their racing careers are over."
Lucinda Mandella who is executive director of CARMA added, "Breeders' Cup is the highlight of our year and the perfect spot to pay tribute to the equine stars that have given their all on the track, and now need our support in retirement."
Both groups feel that the wristbands are an easy and visible way to show support.
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