Registering a Thoroughbred Foal? Remember Retirement Program

The majority of Thoroughbred registration applications were recently mailed to the breeders fo 2009 live foals. The Jockey Club is reminding owners and breeders that they can contribute to the post-racing care of Thoroughbreds through a voluntary checkoff program that benefits Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) and the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF).

The Jockey Club is providing $200,000 in funding to the charities to supplement the monies raised through the checkoff program in 2009.

Owners and breeders can participate in the retirement checkoff program when completing the Application for Foal Registration either through Interactive Registration registry.jockeyclub.com or in hardcopy form.

TCA raises funds and distributes grants to a variety of non-profit organizations designed to improve conditions for horses and people in the Thoroughbred industry. Funds from The Jockey Club's checkoff program are directed specifically to TCA's Thoroughbred re-training and adoption initiatives.

Founded in 1983, the TRF is dedicated to providing humane retirement options for Thoroughbreds at the end of their racing careers, and it operates vocational training in equine care for inmates at nine correctional facilities around the country. Funds from The Jockey Club's checkoff program are designated specifically for the TRF's vocational training at correctional facilities.

Thoroughbred owners and breeders can select one of four graduated amounts ($25, $50, $75, or $100) to be designated for these Thoroughbred aftercare programs, or they can fill in the amount of their choice on the Application for Foal Registration form. These contributions do not qualify as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes.

"We strongly encourage all owners and breeders to participate in the checkoff in order to assist Thoroughbred Charities of America and the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation as they re-train and find suitable homes for Thoroughbred racehorses who have retired from racing," said Matt Iuliano, The Jockey Club's vice president of registration services.

Additional information is available at jockeyclub.com.

Disclaimer: Seek the advice of a qualified veterinarian before proceeding with any diagnosis, treatment, or therapy.

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