Greatest Game Reaches Out to Prospective Owners

The Greatest Game, the industry-based program charged with attracting and retaining Thoroughbred owners, will host a series of receptions in Maryland, Florida, and Georgia from March 17-25.

The receptions won't be held at racetracks, but there will be speakers or hosts from the racing industry.

"These are part social events and part new owner recruitment opportunities," said Gay Fisher, director of marketing and communications for the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association. "We anticipate doing several more of these receptions throughout the year in places like New York, California, and Texas.

"In the past, we have found them to be a valuable tool for bringing together our consultants with potential owners."

The first reception will be held March 17 at the Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase, Md. It will be hosted by horseracing television analyst Charlsie Cantey and husband, Douglas Davidson.

On March 23 a reception is set for the International Polo Club in Palm Beach, Fla., site of the upcoming U.S. Open Polo Championships. The host will be John Goodman, part owner of Came Home, the 2002 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) starter who won that year's Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) and Pacific Classic (gr. I)

The final event is scheduled for March 25 at the Ravinia Club in Atlanta, where Nick Nicholson, president of the Keeneland Association, will serve as co-host along with club member Steve Sansone.

The Greatest Game was conceived in 2000 and launched in 2001 with backing from TOBA, Keeneland, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, and The Blood-Horse.

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