In a short time, Trudy McCaffery and John Toffan made a tremendous difference in the lives of young racing fans. They opened the door to a generation of racing fans that promptly kicked it down and made the racing industry their own. Kids to the Cup members embraced the opportunities and people they met and turned their passion into careers.

Some notable Alumni:

Tasha Cook – Freelance Photographer

Sean Feld – Managing Director, Bullet Train Stud

Merv Huber-Calvo – Director, Product Marketing, Bet America

Emily Hufford – Freelance Photographer,

Jonathon Horowitz – Race caller

Ali LaDuke – Admissions and Box Seat Manager, New York Racing Association

Sophia McKee – Vice President, Marketing, Emerald Downs

Katie Merritt – Professional Exercise Rider, student University of KY


Jessica Paquette – Director, Media Relations, Racing Commentator, Suffolk Downs

Alysse Peverell – Horsemen’s Relations, New York Racing Association

Susie Raisher – Freelance Photographer, Centennial Farms Social Media Coordinator

Nikki Sherman – Marketing and Publicity Director, Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Assocation

Amy Shuver – Small animal veterinarian

Stephanie Slinger – Photographer, Four Footed Photos

Michael Straight – Professional Jockey

Matthew Straight – Professional Jockey