Our Charities

We are excited to announce the local charities who will receive the proceeds from the 2017 Thoroughbred Classic!  Please check out their links for more information on the good things that they do!

We will have a link on the registration site that will allow you donate additional money to those charities directly.  Many of these charities depend on the funds from this race each year for their operational budgets. 

Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center

The Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center (BRCC) models the change we want to see in the world. All our services create opportunities for empowerment within the agency and the broader community. Our work is guided by a spirit of forward movement, openness, and shared power.
Our Mission: Empower all people to make changes that improve safety, respect, and equality in their own lives and in their communities. Create a safe refuge that welcomes survivors of sexual violence and human trafficking to engage in the healing process as we believe in and validate their experiences. Advocate for individuals affected by sexual violence and human trafficking with respect for the personal rights and needs of each person. Educate the community by providing both information and perspective to raise awareness and promote the prevention of sexual violence and human trafficking.

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Radio Eye is a radio reading service, providing the reading of newspapers, magazines, and other printed material to people who are blind or print-impaired in Kentucky, and to producing quality programming designed to help those individuals lead enriched, productive, and independent lives.Volunteer readers provide listeners with equal access to dozens of newspapers, magazines, and special programming to offset the impact of sight loss or physical disability that prevents them from reading printed matter. Programs are broadcast 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to alleviate isolation and improve the quality of life for print-disabled listeners.

Broke Spoke

Our mission is to provide better access to better bicycles for all people and to empower individuals to perform their own bicycle maintenance.At Broke Spoke you can buy used bikes and parts. You can rent workstand time. You can ask one of our mechanics if you are doing something right. And, if you can’t afford to pay you can volunteer your time for $8/hour, otherwise known as sweat equity.



Through the power of volunteer advocacy, CASA of Lexington works to ensure that all victims of child abuse and neglect are given a chance to thrive in a safe, permanent home.  CASA’s trained and supervised volunteers provide an independent voice for children, one child at a time, by speaking for their best interest in the family court system.

Girls on the Run Central Kentucky

Girls on the Run Central Kentucky is a nonprofit organization that inspires girls to be healthy, joyful and self-confident using a fun experience based curriculum that creatively integrates running. The objective of the program is to reduce the potential of at risk activities among the 3rd to 8th grade participants through mental, physical, and emotional development. Girls on the Run envisions a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.

E7 Kids Cafe

E7 Kids Cafe is a community center and safe space for children in the East End of Lexington, KY. At E7, we strive to inspire curiosity and make reading and learning enjoyable, all while providing a free and reliable safe space where children can eat, play, and grow. Our no-barrier, cost-free Afterschool Program is open to any child between the ages of 4 and 17. All students who join us can enjoy homework help and one-on-one reading time with any one of our amazing mentors. Our Afterschool Program also includes supervised indoor AND outdoor play, with Duncan Park just across the street! Each child is given a free snack upon arrival, and served a free hot meal for dinner every evening.


GleanKY (pronounced glēn kən-ˈtə-kē) was founded in 2010 by three individuals seeking to attack two problems: food waste and hunger. Recognizing that excess produce presented an opportunity to serve the large number of people needing food, we explored creative and effective ways to connect the two. By gleaning (aka, gathering) excess produce from farms, orchards, grocery stores, farmers markets and home gardens, GleanKY reduces local food waste and provides fruits and vegetable for more than 80 partner recipients. GleanKY produce is never sold and is intended only for members of our community facing food insecurity. We glean nearly a thousand times a year and yet we’ve just scratched the surface of diverting wasted food. As GleanKY’s network of food sources and partners continues to grow, we’re expanding our reach across Central Kentucky.

Step by Step

Step By Step Services To Young Single Mothers & Children: The road a young single mother must travel is a difficult one. Step By Step is here to help her reach her goals in spite of the obstacles she faces. Step By Step will always meet her with love and understanding instead of disapproval and judgment. We will help support and guide her. Programs offered at Step By Step will give her the skills and confidence she needs, opening the door to a promising future for herself and her family. Step By Step will be a place where she will find hope!