Laurel Park

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Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey Club

TASS Awards Banquet Set for Jan. 11

Awards will be given on behalf of the eight 2013 TASS Thoroughbred-only shows.

The Thoroughbred Alliance Show Series awards banquet will be 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 11 at Laurel Park.

The awards will be given on behalf of the eight TASS Thoroughbred-only shows that were held last summer in the Maryland and Virginia areas. The points from each show were tallied and the series winners, plus six finishers, will be honored at the banquet.

The guest speaker at the TASS Banquet will be Stacie Clark Rogers, manager of Adena Springs Thoroughbred Retirement in Ontario, Canada. Rogers will receive an Eclipse Award Jan. 18 for her 30-minute documentary "Saratoga War Horse," about how Thoroughbreds provide therapy for war veterans.

In addition, Rogers is a jockey who finished second in the 2013 Lady Legends race and showed in the 2013 Totally Thoroughbred Horse Show (a TASS show), both of which were held at Pimlico Race Course.

TASS was founded in early 2013 as a way to provide horse show venues for off track thoroughbreds. The mission of the organization is to provide race horses with second careers after their racing careers are over.