Bob Baffert, trainer of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, and his wife, Jill, will give $50,000 to Old Friends, the retirement center for Thoroughbred horses in Scott County.
American Pharoah earned the Triple Crown — the first time it's happened in 37 years — when he won the Belmont Stakes on Saturday.
Immediately after the horse's victory, the Bafferts pledged $50,000 each to four charitable organizations, including Old Friends, according to a news release from the Scott County farm.
Old Friends is the retirement home of three of Baffert's trainees: Danthebluegrassman, Game On Dude, and 1997 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Silver Charm.
Baffert visited Old Friends just before this year's Kentucky Derby to visit Silver Charm for the first time in more than a decade.
"I want to share this. I want to make sure that those horses that we really love — we have to take care of them," Baffert said after American Pharoah's Belmont victory. "Win, lose or draw, I was going to do it."
Said Michael Blowen, president and founder of Old Friends: "We are so grateful to Bob and Jill for this wonderful gift. The thrill and the excitement of the first Triple Crown in 37 years would have been enough, but their generosity is unsurpassed, as is their love and dedication to the horses."
The Bafferts also gave $50,000 each to The Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund, The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, and the California Retirement Management Account. The last pays for the care of retired racehorses whose careers have ended after competing in California Thoroughbred races.