The Jockey Club, the breed registry for Thoroughbreds in North America, held its annual service awards luncheon Oct. 17 at the Lexington Country Club. Among the honorees were 10 individuals who were hired when the company moved its registry department from New York City to Lexington in 1988.
All 10 of them, often referred to as the Class of '88, are based in TJC's office in Lexington, along with approximately 120 other employees of TJC and its affiliated companies.
Rick Bailey, Registrar, The Jockey Club
Susan Bates, Customer Support Specialist, InCompass
Glenna Brouse, Applications Processor, The Jockey Club
Amy Cottrell, Accounting Assistant, The Jockey Club
Elizabeth Given, Registration Coordinator, The Jockey Club
Susan Keltz, Applications Processor, The Jockey Club
Kelley Kraeszig, Manager-Business Support, Equibase
Anne Laumas, Administrative Assistant, Racing Medication and Testing Consortium
Susan Martin, Director-Marketing, The Jockey Club Information Systems
Janice Towles, Manager, Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance
"Relocating our registry and all the records within it to Lexington in 1988 was a monumental task," said James L. Gagliano, president and chief operating officer of TJC. "From their first day on the job these individuals displayed an uncommon dedication and commitment to the Thoroughbred industry and that has not waned one bit in the 25 years since they were hired."
The Jockey Club is the breed registry for Thoroughbred horses in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. It is dedicated to the improvement of Thoroughbred breeding and racing and fulfills that mandate by serving many segments of the industry through its subsidiary companies and by supporting numerous industry initiatives.