He also touched on the issue of medication in the industry and lauded Biszantz for a speech he gave in Saratoga Springs on the topic. Phipps said with increased use of medication "we are breeding horses which are softer and more fragile."Phipps admitted while he has been frustrated with various segments of the industry throughout his years of involvement, racing has provided him "some of the happiest days of my life."Others honored throughout the evening were the top breeders from 24 states in the U.S., plus Canada, four regional owners, and a new category, the top small breeder of the year. That award went to Herbert Schwartz who was visibly surprised, and as a result, had few words of acceptance. The four regional owners recognized were Eugene and Laura Melnyk, Juddmonte Farms, Theresa McArthur, and John and Jerry Amerman.
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