British-based Betfair Group, which announced Jan. 27 it had completed its acquisition of TV Games Network from Macrovision for $50 million in cash consideration, is hopeful its new holding helps it make inroads in the United States market, which it has courted for years.
Eligibility to host graded stakes is now tied to adoption of regulations for anabolic steroids and toe grabs, the American Graded Stakes Committee announced Aug. 8.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced July 18 the appointment of D.G. Van Clief, Jr. as the chairman of the Sales Integrity Program Monitoring Committee.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association is hoping its network of members in various states is effective at lobbying regulators to adopt recommendations for rules in the area of equine health and safety.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced April 8 it will Webcast its New Owner Seminar held Feb. 22 in Hallandale Beach, Fla.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced March 27 its 2008 National Awards Dinner will be held at the Lexington Convention Center in Lexington Sept. 6.
- By Ryan Conley
Questionable Thoroughbred industry sales practices that have been forced into the spotlight by lawsuits and legislation are apparently on the decline.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced that Youbet.com will be the presenting sponsor of the 2007 TOBA National Awards Dinner scheduled for Sept. 8 at Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington. This marks the second consecutive year that Youbet.com has been the presenting sponsor of the event.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced that Aretha Franklin will headline their National Awards Dinner Sept. 8 at John G. Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farms.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced Feb. 14 that National City Bank has become an official marketing partner of its organization and will now have the opportunity to provide equine financial expertise to both existing and new TOBA members.
Allison Yaw has been named as the membership and education coordinator at the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association. She will be responsible for coordinating the association's seminars and clinics, and assisting with membership development and various TOBA programs.
Charismatic racing owner and airline boss V.J. Mallya called for greater integration and harmony and less "disconnection" among industry stakeholders at the 31st Asian Racing Conference in Dubai Jan. 25.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced Jan. 4 its 2007 National Awards Dinner will be held at John G. Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington Saturday, Sept. 8, marking the first time that the event will be held on a Saturday.
Breeders' Cup and some of the top racetracks in the country have repackaged major stakes for 2007 in the hope of promoting the World Championships. The scheme includes guaranteed berths in the Breeders' Cup for horses that win stakes on six big-event days in the summer and early fall.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA) announced the Race Track Chaplaincy of America (RTCA) is the recipient of the 2006 Industry Service Award. The award will be presented at the TOBA National Awards Dinner Sept. 8 at Vinery in Lexington.
Katherine McKee has been named communications coordinator at the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association.
Erin Halliwell has been named director of marketing and communications for the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA).
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association will conduct an auction seminar at Keeneland Sept. 16, a dark day for the September yearling sale.
Musical act Buckwheat Zydeco will headline the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association National Awards Dinner set for Sept. 9 at the Kentucky Horse Park near Lexington.
Bill Casner of WinStar Farm has been elected chairman of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, replacing Cobra Farm's Gary Biszantz, who was first elected to a one-year term in 2001 and re-elected three successive years.
The monitoring committee for the Sales Integrity Program is taking action to address some consignors' concerns about how the Thoroughbred auction industry will handle the disclosure of invasive joint surgeries and other procedures designed to permanently change a horse's conformation.
- By Tom LaMarra
The Thoroughbred Championship Tour, introduced in 2002 with a projected launch date of 2006, has been suspended because all of the parties needed to move it forward haven't committed to the project, organizers said.
A blue ribbon panel to study and resolve jockey insurance issues in Kentucky entertained opinions from industry representatives, including jockey and owners, Thursday about what form jockeys' insurance should take in the Commonwealth and who should pay for it.
- By Tom LaMarra
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.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association will consider a proposal April 18 for a contract between owners and jockeys one official said is designed to protect both parties.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association has announced that the 20th National Awards Dinner will be held Sept. 9 at the Kentucky Horse Park.
Breeders from around the country were recognized Friday afternoon at a luncheon at Keeneland hosted by the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association.
The task force that will look into issues related to Thoroughbred sales will be inclusive, have 16 to 20 members, and could be in place by the end of August, officials with the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association said.
In a press release issued Friday, The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association said it "will take a lead role" in the formation of a task force to study practices involving Thoroughbred sales as suggested by the Alliance for Industry Reform (AIR).
The board of directors of the Thoroughbred Championship Tour, a proposed owner-driven series of races tied to big-event days, said July 24 it has hired Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association president Dan Metzger to serve as president and chief executive officer.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association has formed a committee that will study the use of jockey advertising in live races and try and come up with a plan "that benefits the entire sport."
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association's 2004 National Awards Dinner will be held Sept. 10 at Prince Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms near Lexington.
Organizers of the Thoroughbred Championship Tour and Breeders' Cup are working on an agreement that would facilitate launch of the proposed high-level stakes series for 2005.
Officials with the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association and Keeneland were to hit the road to Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 30 to attempt to cultivate Thoroughbred owners.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders' Association has selected WinStar Farm's Bill Casner and Kenny Troutt to receive the organization's Industry Service Award.
Thoroughbred racing got plenty of television exposure Aug. 22 during the three-hour "Squawk Box" program on cable network CNBC--and so did two racing executives who have been at odds in recent years.
The Greatest Game, an initiative to encourage Thoroughbred ownership, will sponsor the Friday edition CNBC's "Squawk Box" when the show is broadcast live from Saratoga Race Course leading up to the Aug. 23 Travers Stakes (gr. I). The show airs on CNBC weekdays from 7-10 a.m.
Katherine North has joined the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association as membership manager, responsible for membership development, coordination of TOBA seminars and clinics, and assisting with the organization's National Awards Dinner.
The Thoroughbred Championship Tour, a proposed series of stakes that would bridge the Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, will rely heavily on incentives to get owners to commit their horses, officials said June 3.
Representatives of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association met for the second time May 15 to discuss the future of the Thoroughbred Championship Tour, a for-profit racing series that would rely on owners for start-up funds.
- By Tom LaMarra
With a business plan in place, the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association plans to meet with the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders' Cup the week of April 14 to discuss plans for the Thoroughbred Championship Tour, a proposed for-profit, owner-driven racing series.
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A new global association hopes to serve as an advocate for racehorse owners, and among its goals are standardization of veterinary procedures in all member countries and acceptance of a code of conduct for industry professionals.
Carmen Roberson, who has a background in marketing and advertising, has been named membership manager for the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association. Roberson will handle membership and advertising sales, and will assist with TOBA's marketing and communications.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association has become the sixth founding member of the Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), with the two organizations announcing Friday they plan to pool resources in areas of shared priorities, including working together with other Thoroughbred industry leaders, in new owner development and retention programs.
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