The Maryland Jockey Club announced today that a community-wide fundraising effort helped raise more than $65,000 for the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) during the Preakness Meet at Pimlico Race Course.

Events and fundraising included Canter for the Cause, an All-Female Handicapper Challenge, the raffle of a John Deere Gator, and Karaoke for the Cause.

In addition to being named the sponsor of the $300,000 Pimlico Special (G3), Sagamore Racing donated $30,000 to the TAA.

“The fundraising for the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance that was conducted in Maryland for the Preakness was a huge success, having raised more than $65,000,” said Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance President Jimmy Bell. “Our special thanks go to Kevin Plank’s Sagamore Racing and The Stronach Group along with the women who participated in the Handicapper Challenge, who donated their handicap competition winnings, and pulled together to help such a worthy cause. Through their collective efforts, the TAA continues to gain national awareness and significance throughout the thoroughbred industry.”

Said Sal Sinatra, President and General Manager of the Maryland Jockey Club; “Aftercare has always been a priority with our Chairman Frank Stronach, his family, and everyone at The Stronach Group. We’re happy with the efforts by all of those who helped in raising awareness and funds for Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance during this year’s Preakness. Our hope is to continue to partner with the TAA during the Preakness and the rest of the year and build on this year’s success.”