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Monday, April 11, 2022Contact: Dan Tordjman (917) 572-7075
America’s Best Racing Announces Seventh Annual Preakness Kickoff Party to Benefit Aftercare

New York, N.Y. – America's Best Racing (ABR) announced today that its seventh annual Pre-Preakness Party will return on Wednesday, May 18, at the Mt. Washington Tavern in Baltimore, Maryland, after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19. The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA), which accredits, inspects, and awards grants to approved aftercare organizations around the country, will be the beneficiary of all tickets sold. A silent auction will also be offered, with all proceeds benefitting the TAA and Beyond the Wire, a Maryland-based aftercare organization.

“We’re thrilled to again be a beneficiary of this party, along with our friends at Beyond the Wire, and we’re grateful for the continued support from America’s Best Racing,” TAA Operations Consultant Stacie Clark Rogers said. “We can’t wait to kick off a great week of racing with this can’t-miss event.”

The party, which was launched by ABR in 2014, has become the unofficial Preakness Stakes week kickoff event for racing fans. In past years, connections of Preakness runners, jockeys, and various other personalities have attended the event. Attendees will also have the opportunity to interact with well-known racing handicappers who will be in attendance to share their thoughts and insights on the Preakness Stakes.

Tickets are now on sale at Eventbrite for $25 (tickets will cost $35 on site). Admission includes one drink, a light buffet of bar snacks and appetizers, and entry into a drawing for a door prize of two tickets to the 2022 Preakness Stakes on May 21 at Pimlico Race Course. The silent auction will feature items from ABR partners Christine A. Moore Millinery and Old Smoke Clothing Co., in addition to rare racing memorabilia and autographed collectibles.

“We are proud to bring back the Pre-Preakness festivities again this year and owe a lot of thanks to event supporters and sponsors who’ve enabled us to do it,” said Dan Tordjman, America’s Best Racing’s manager of Partnerships and Sponsorships. “ABR remains committed to putting the horse first by shining a spotlight on exceptional foundations like the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and Beyond the Wire that do so much in the name of Thoroughbred aftercare.”

Who: Open to all
What: America's Best Racing 2022 Pre-Preakness Party to benefit Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and Beyond the Wire
When: Wednesday, May 18, 2022, 7 p.m. ET
Where: Mt. Washington Tavern; 5700 Newbury St., Baltimore, MD 21209
Tickets:  $25 online or $35 if you purchase on site (all proceeds benefit TAA).
Tickets can be purchased in advance on Eventbrite:
About America’s Best Racing
America’s Best Racing is a multimedia fan development and awareness-building platform, initiated by The Jockey Club, designed to increase the profile and visibility of North America’s best Thoroughbred racing events with a primary focus on the sport’s lifestyle and competition. You can follow America’s Best Racing at as well as on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok.

About the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance
Based in Lexington, Kentucky, the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that accredits, inspects, and awards grants to approved aftercare organizations to retrain, rehome, and retire Thoroughbreds using industrywide funding. Along with continued funding from its original partners Breeders’ Cup, The Jockey Club, and Keeneland Association, the TAA is supported by owners, trainers, breeders, racetracks, aftercare professionals, and other industry members. Since inception in 2012, the TAA has granted more than $24.5 million to accredited aftercare organizations. Currently, 82 aftercare organizations composed of approximately 180 facilities across North America have been granted accreditation. To learn more about the TAA, visit

About Beyond the Wire
Beyond the Wire is an industrywide initiative between the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, the Maryland Jockey Club, the Maryland Horse Breeders Association and Maryland jockeys. The organization is a first exit from racing program designed to facilitate safe and enriching placements for retiring Maryland based racehorses. Generous annual pledges by involved organizations, in addition to owners’ contributions of $11 per start, enables Beyond the Wire to place retired thoroughbreds exclusively with Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance-accredited farms. Horses that go through the program receive retraining and rehabilitation as needed. Donations are also always appreciated. Another very important goal of the program is to provide education and advocacy surrounding the issue of responsible retirement of racehorses. After all, these versatile horses are the grand centerpieces of the sport, and we believe, as such, deserve the best from their human partners.