Online auction celebrates Triple Crown heroes

American Pharoah: one of his halters will be up for sale at the online auction this weekend. Photo: Durand

An online auction of halters worn by Triple Crown and Kentucky Derby winners is to be hosted by Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) this weekend during the virtual Kentucky Derby: Triple Crown Showdown.

The halter auction is set to open on Friday (May 1) at 9 am EST and will conclude the following day at 9 pm. All proceeds will benefit TCA. 

“As the 13 Triple Crown winners face off in the virtual running of the Derby, we are excited to offer halters worn by the only two living Triple Crown winners, American Pharoah and Justify, as well as past Derby winners,” said Erin Crady executive director of TCA.

“Although the traditional first Saturday in May looks a little different this year, we are hopeful that offering an online auction during the Kentucky Derby at Home will provide an opportunity to raise money for distribution to TCA’s charities, many of which have had to cancel fundraisers as a result of the coronavirus.” 

In addition to American Pharoah and Justify, halters worn by Country House, Super Saver, Orb, Grindstone, Giacomo, and Silver Charm will be offered. More halters may be added as donations are confirmed. Halters may be previewed here. To date, Coolmore America, WinStar Farm, Claiborne Farm, Old Friends, Blackwood Stables, and Oakhurst Thoroughbreds have generously donated halters. 

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 re-purposing and retirement organizations and by helping the people who care for them.

In 2019, TCA granted nearly $475,000 to 64 charities working in Thoroughbred retraining, rehoming and retirement; backstretch and farm worker services, research and equine-assisted therapy.

Over the last 30 years, TCA has granted over $23 million to more than 200 charities that successfully meet the criteria detailed 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 Owners and Breeders Association.

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