2021 Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational recognizes Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance as Charitable Partner

January 21, 2021

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Equine Stars of the Pegasus World Cup Fashion Film (W)Inner Circle Donate Their Fees to Thoroughbred Aftercare

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL (January 22, 2021) – As part of 1/ST’s mission to prioritize the care and safety of Thoroughbred racehorses before, during and after their careers, the 2021 Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational Series will recognize the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance as a charitable partner of choice with a $50,000 donation.

To further support the partnership, the 2021 Pegasus World Cup and the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) will launch a social media campaign starring three of the TAA’s alumni. Meet The Starsis a behind the scenes look at the three horse models who starred in (W)Inner Circle, a short film produced by 1/ST FILMS that celebrates the fashion and lifestyle of the Pegasus World Cup. The film was shot in the Miami Design District by prominent Miami-born and raised fashion photographer Alexander Saladrigas. Equine stars Pokey, Commissio and Aficionado waived their appearance fees by donating them back to the TAA to support their fellow retired Thoroughbreds. 

The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance accredits, inspects, and awards grants to approved aftercare organizations to retrain, retire, and rehome Thoroughbreds using industry-wide funding. Since 2012, the TAA has granted more than $20.7 million to accredited aftercare organizations and 11,000 Thoroughbreds have been retrained, rehomed, or retired by accredited organizations.

This year’s Pegasus World Cup Championship Series, including the Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) and the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational (G1) will feature some of the world’s finest contenders running free of medication on race day. The medication-free format was introduced by 1/ST RACING for the 2020 Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational Series and reflects 1/ST HORSE CARE’s ongoing commitment to horse and rider safety and care.

The 2021 Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational Series will be held on Saturday, January 23 at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach. This year’s Pegasus World Cup continues to innovate by redefining the guest experience with limited, socially distanced ticket offerings for race day enthusiasts. Strict social distancing protocols and new health and safety guidelines for riders and spectators have been implemented and will be enforced for all in attendance. 

NBC returns as the official broadcast partner of the 2021 Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational Series with a live 90-minute show from 4:30 – 6:00 P.M. ET on race day, Saturday, January 23. 

For more information about the Pegasus World Cup, visit www.pegasusworldcup.com and follow @PegasusWorldCup #RunWithUs on InstagramTwitterFacebook and YouTube.

For more information on the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, visit www.thoroughbredaftercare.org or follow TAA on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter

Media Contacts:

Tiffani Steer, tiffani.steer@stronachgroup.com

Erin Shea, eshea@thoroughbredaftercare.org