The Maryland Jockey Club has graciously donated a Toro Commercial Zero-Turn Mower to be raffled off on Black-Eyed Susan Day, Friday, May 17, with all proceeds to benefit the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance.

The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit which accredits, inspects and awards grants to approved aftercare organizations to retrain, retire and rehome Thoroughbreds using industry-wide funding.

Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased at the Pimlico racing office or guest services window, and the winner will have their mower delivered by their local dealer in the U.S. or Canada.

“Finding second careers for our equine athletes is important for our sport, and Maryland racing, its horsemen and breeders are all supporters of the TAA and its mission,” said Steve Andersen, founder of Equine Equipment, which helped facilitate the donation. “Having a great management team like Sal Sinatra and Georganne Hale at the Maryland Jockey Club get behind this is gratifying and they should be applauded for their efforts. The TAA does great work, and Toro is delighted to donate a mower to the Maryland Jockey Club, which in turn they have used it to raise funds for the TAA.”

“The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance is grateful to Sal Sinatra and the Maryland Jockey Club. It’s great organizations like this which make our efforts possible,” stated Stacie Clark, operations consultant for the TAA.

“We are doing this giveaway in conjunction with Toro and are grateful for their support,” Andersen added. “Toro has proven to be a true partner to the horse industry, and this will be a very popular promotion given the Toro reputation.”

The donation was coordinated through Equine Equipment, which provides the horse industry with discounts on a variety of products from Toro, Exmark, Farm Paint and Tenda Horse.