Canter for a Cause Returning to Pimlico Sunday, Oct. 29

Canter for a Cause Returning to Pimlico Sunday, Oct. 29

Registration Closes Oct. 23 for Annual Event to Benefit TAA

LAUREL, MD – Canter for a Cause, one of the most highly anticipated events of the year in Maryland, is scheduled to make its return to historic Pimlico Race Course Sunday, Oct. 29, giving fans the opportunity to follow in the hoofprints of some of Thoroughbred racing’s greatest champions.

Sponsored by the Maryland Jockey Club, Canter for a Cause allows the public the chance to walk, trot, canter or gallop their favorite horse or pony over the same track that has hosted such legends as Seabiscuit, Secretariat, War Admiral and recent Triple Crown champions American Pharoah and Justify.

Canter for a Cause, back for a third straight year after being canceled in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic, is coming off one of its most successful events when more than 270 riders from in and around the Mid-Atlantic region participated last fall.

“Canter for a Cause is a great opportunity for riders to experience riding over one of the most historic racetracks in the country, while helping raise money for a great cause,” said MJC vice president of racing development Georganne Hale. “It’s fun for the whole family.”

Registration is $65 per trip, with proceeds going to benefit the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance. Canter for a Cause is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine.

Entries will be taken in four groups – Seabiscuit (walk, trot, canter and gallop), Secretariat (walk, trot and slow canter), War Admiral (walk and trot) and Ben’s Cat (leadline). Groups will run every 30 minutes and have 20 to 25 minutes apiece on the track. Official MJC outriders will be on hand to lead the way and all participants will have their picture taken in the winner’s circle.

All horses must have proof of a negative Coggins test within 12 months. All riders must sign a waiver and wear approved helmets, and riders under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. No colts, stallions or ridglings are allowed.

Registration closes Monday, Oct. 23 at 5 p.m. or whenever 300 entries are taken. To register and pay by credit card, call the Pimlico ticket office at 877-206-8042 or click here.

For full rules and event description, click here.