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The Jockey Club Renames its Foundation

The Jockey Club Foundation, a charitable trust that assists individuals in the Thoroughbred community, announced it has has been renamed The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation, effective immediately.

Farish to Receive Eclipse Award of Merit

Farish to Receive Eclipse Award of Merit

Will Farish, owner of Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky., will be honored with the Eclipse Award of Merit for lifetime achievement in Thoroughbred racing.

OBS Updates August Sale Results

OBS Updates August Sale Results

The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. (OBS) recently revised the results for the 2008 August yearling sale on its Web site (www.obssales.com) because of new rules governing horse auctions in Florida that took effect in July. Sale companies now are required to disclose any horses that did not change ownership after being reported as sold.

Fasig-Tipton Forms Advisory Board

Fasig-Tipton has formed an advisory board of directors to assist the company's management in its auction ventures and other related initiatives in the Thoroughbred industry. Fasig-Tipton chairman Walt Robertson is chairing the advisory board, and Fasig-Tipton chairman emeritus D. G. Van Clief Jr. is a board member.

Two Elected to Jockey Club Board

Dell Hancock and D.G. Van Clief Jr. have been elected to the board of stewards of The Jockey Club, filling the positions vacated by Donald R. Dizney and John C. Oxley at the expiration of their four-year terms of office.

Avioli Named Interim CEO of NTRA, Breeders' Cup

Gregory C. Avioli was appointed interim chief executive officer of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders' Cup Limited June 8 during a joint meeting of the two boards in Garden City, N.Y.

Hall Monitor

Hall Monitor

By Ray Paulick -- For the second consecutive year, no contemporary horses were elected to the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame. That is astonishing, considering some of the champions named on the ballot.

Breeders' Cup Purses Hiked to $20M This Year

Breeders' Cup Purses Hiked to $20M This Year

Total purses for this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs will be $20 million, up $6 million from last year under a new structure officials said is designed to keep the races competitive with other major Thoroughbred stakes around the world.

Van Clief to Retire from Breeders' Cup, NTRA

Van Clief to Retire from Breeders' Cup, NTRA

D.G. Van Clief Jr., president of Breeders' Cup since 1996 and commissioner of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association since late summer of 2004, will retire from both positions by the end of this year.

Fravel Takes Over as NTRA Chairman of the Board

In an ongoing restructuring of the jointly operated National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders' Cup, the NTRA said Del Mar vice president Craig Fravel has replaced NTRA commissioner D.G. Van Clief Jr. as chairman of the NTRA board of directors.

NTRA, Breeders' Cup Explore Extension of Agreement

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders' Cup appear poised to continue their joint operating agreement beyond 2006, officials said March 2 at the conclusion of a joint meeting between the two organizations in Florida.

New Breeders' Cup Board Ready to Tackle Major Issues

The new and streamlined board of directors of Breeders' Cup believes it's prepared to tackle several major issues, including the organization's joint operating agreement with the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, a budget, and a possible increase in purses for the World Thoroughbred Championships.

Opportunities Ahead

By D.G. Van Clief Jr. - For those inclined to look on the bright side, present company included, 2005 was a challenging year for Thoroughbred racing. As one Turf writer pointed out, even the best on-track performance was fraught with peril, as Afleet Alex and jockey Jeremy Rose overcame near disaster in the Preakness (gr. I).

Chamblin to Oversee NTRA Communications

Keith Chamblin, formerly the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's senior vice president for marketing and industry relations, has assumed the new position of senior vice president in charge of communications, the NTRA announced Dec. 21.

Nydrie Stud on Market for $8.75 Million

National Thoroughbred Racing Association Commissioner and Breeders' Cup President D.G. Van Clief Jr. confirmed his family's 592-acre Nydrie Stud in Central Virginia is on the market for $8.75 million.

Bessemer Trust Renews Breeders' Cup/NTRA Agreement

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Breeders' Cup Limited, and Bessemer Trust announced Wednesday that the New York based private wealth management company has made a three year agreement extending its marketing partnership with the NTRA/Breeders' Cup.

Heiligbrodt Named to NTRA Board of Directors

Bill Heiligbrodt, a Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association trustee, has replaced John Amerman as the TOBA representative on the National Thoroughbred Racing Association board of directors.

Horse Investment Bill Initiated in U.S. Senate

A bill designed to promote investment in the horse industry by removing provisions of federal law that favor other investments was introduced by U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell July 28.

Handle Declines, But Purses Remain Steady

Pari-mutuel handle on Thoroughbred racing in the United States and Canada was down 3.8% in the second quarter of 2005, though purses dipped less than 1% for the quarter, according to the latest "Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators."

NTRA Strategic Plan Reflects Priority Shift

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association's strategic plan for the next five years clearly reflects a shift in priorities for the organization, though many of the core focus areas remain intact from its first business plan issued in 1997.

TCT, Breeders' Cup Sign Contract for Series

TCT, Breeders' Cup Sign Contract for Series

The Thoroughbred Championship Tour, a proposed series of big-event racing days leading up to the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, appears on track for 2006 now that the TCT and Breeders' Cup have signed a contract.

Breeders' Cup Inks Eight-Year Deal With ESPN

The Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships will be televised on ESPN beginning in 2006 under an eight-year contract between the two parties, officials announced April 29. Financial details weren't released, but officials called it a "revenue-sharing" package designed to help racing capitalize on multimedia and technology.

Van Clief Named NTRA Commissioner

Van Clief Named NTRA Commissioner

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, which went outside the industry for its first commissioner, has decided to stay within the industry in keeping its second. D.G. Van Clief Jr., who was named commissioner following the resignation of Tim Smith last July, will remain in the position.

NTRA Dues to Drop 25%; Commitments Sought

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association's strategic plan for 2006-10 calls for a 25% reduction in membership dues, said NTRA officials who hope to have the renewal process completed this summer.

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