Thoroughbred Retirement Support Offered by Jockey Club

Thoroughbred owners and breeders will again have the opportunity to participate in a voluntary checkoff program that contributes to Thoroughbred aftercare programs. Owners can indicate their participation when they register their 2010 foals.

The retirement checkoff program, created in 2009, is administered by The Jockey Club. It raises funds to assist the retirement, retraining, and adoption efforts of Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) and the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF).

The Jockey Club, through its four commercial subsidiaries, donated $100,000 to each of those charities in 2009 and will make donations for that same amount in 2010.

Thoroughbred breeders have the option of selecting one of four graduated amounts ($25, $50, $75, or $100), or they can indicate the amount of their choice, for these Thoroughbred aftercare programs. These contributions do not qualify as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes.

"We are grateful to those who participated in the checkoff in 2009 and we hope thatadditional individuals and organizations will do their part this year to help ensure adequate post-racing care for Thoroughbreds," said Jockey Club President James L. Gagliano. "The treatment and use of racehorses at the conclusion of their racing careers should be of concern to all industry participants."

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