The board of directors of Breeders' Cup Limited named Gregory Avioli as the organization's president and chief executive officer at a Lexington meeting Thursday, April 19. Avioli, 42, had been serving as the interim president and CEO since June of last year.
Joe Morris is leaving his job as president of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's group purchasing division.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association March 28 released the 2006 Annual Report for its Political Action Committee, Horse PAC. New to the PAC Board in 2007 is owner/breeder Tracy Farmer. Peggy Hendershot, NTRA vice president of legislative and corporate planning, has been appointed PAC president.
The NTRA board of directors has approved a 2007 budget that projects $19.5 million in revenue and $19.2 million in expenses.
Blood-Horse Publications has announced that The Blood-Horse Charitable Foundation will donate a minimum of $10,000 to the NTRA Charities Barbaro Memorial Fund, established earlier this month to raise awareness and money for equine health and safety research.
A decade after he left the employ of Hall of Fame trainer Wayne Lukas to start his own business, 2006 trainer of the year Todd Pletcher and his mentor are in the same "stable" again, this time as endorsement partners with Youbet.com, where the mission is to win new customers.
Filly and mare sprinters will be running for their own Eclipse Award beginning in 2007.
"Citgo Racing to the Kentucky Derby" will once again air on ABC and the ESPN networks beginning Saturday, March 17, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Feb. 15. The series will conclude with a Triple Crown special airing from Louisville's Churchill Downs two days prior to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
National Thoroughbred Racing Association president Alex Waldrop said the organization continues to be relevant, but industry stakeholders must commit to its long-term health.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has created the Barbaro Memorial Fund to raise awareness and money for equine health and safety research.
Grey Goose Vodka has signed on as the name-in-title sponsor of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) under a multi-year agreement.
Barbaro's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) victory, injury in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), and subsequent surgery at New Bolton Center were voted the top moments in Thoroughbred racing for 2007.
The American Horse Council announced that Alex Waldrop, president and chief executive officer of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), has been elected to the AHC board of trustees.
Roy and Gretchen Jackson and the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine's George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals at the New Bolton Center have been honored with the 2006 Special Eclipse Award.
Purses and handle on Thoroughbred racing in the United States increased 3.3% and 1.5%, respectively, in 2006
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Jan. 11 that John Nerud, one of America's most successful and influential Thoroughbred horsemen, will be honored with the Eclipse Award of Merit for a lifetime of outstanding achievement in Thoroughbred racing.
The Breeders' Cup board of directors plans to explore the possibility of seeking a title sponsor for the Breeders' Cup World Championships.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Jan. 5 that Mike Jensen of the Philadelphia Inquirer has won the 2006 Media Eclipse Award for writing in the features/enterprise category for "The Man Whose Job is Saving Barbaro," a profile of Dr. Dean Richardson, which was published May 28, 2006. Honorable mention in the feature/enterprise category went to Josh Pons for "Merryland, a Diary" which appeared in The Blood-Horse Dec. 3, 2005.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Jan. 4 that Pony Highway Productions and HRTV have won the Media Eclipse Award in the national television--features category for the documentary "On the Muscle: Portrait of a Thoroughbred Racing Stable," which explores the world of Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella and six horses in his stable.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick - The NTRA's biggest success -- its lobbying efforts -- is reason alone to continue supporting the organization as it embraces change.
Alex Waldrop, former president of Churchill Downs, has been appointed president and chief executive officer of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association. In addition, Turfway Park president Bob Elliston was appointed the first executive chairman of the organization.
Video replays of all graded stakes in North America - starting with the races of Dec. 26, 2006 - will be archived and available free of charge at the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's Web site.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association will place more emphasis on federal legislative activities and public relations, the board of directors announced after a Dec. 13 meeting in Palm Beach, Fla.
Eric Wing, senior director of media relations for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, has been elected president of the Turf Publicists of America for 2007.
Following a nationwide search, Oaklawn Park named David Longinotti assistant general manager of racing. His appointment is effective Dec. 1.
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 National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Oct. 26 that a John Deere X304 riding mower tractor with a retail value of $3,499 will be given away at the November 4 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders' Cup Limited's respective annual reports, released Oct. 12, are available in printable PDF versions online at NTRA.com.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders' Cup Limited have selected EarthLink to be an official sponsor of the Breeders' Cup World Championships and the event's exclusive Internet service provider partner.
Racing's right to offer account wagering under the amended 1978 Interstate Horseracing Act was reaffirmed in Internet gaming legislation passed early Saturday morning by the U.S. House and Senate.
The Kentucky Lottery and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association have teamed up to send 10 lottery players to the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs. The players are winners of the second-chance drawing held as a promotion for the Kentucky Lottery $2 Breeders' Cup scratch-off ticket.
Breeders' Cup officials are working with Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association to ensure wagering on this year's World Championships is available at two Indiana off-track betting parlors near the Kentucky border.
Several horse industry groups took a strong stand against legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday that would divert revenue from simulcasting to state racing commissions to fund accident insurance for jockeys, exercise riders, and other racetrack workers.
McKay Smith, formerly director of product development for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders' Cup, has joined AmericaTab as senior director of marketing.
Tim Smith was a racing outsider when he was recruited as the first commissioner of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association in 1998. Now, he's again an outsider--maybe even an outcast--caught up in the acrimony dominating the quest for the franchise to operate the three major Thoroughbred racetracks in New York.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Aug. 8 that vouchers worth nearly $2 million, including a $1 million grand prize, had been mailed to more than 325,000 consumers as part of the NTRA Mystery Mutuel Voucher promotion Aug. 12. The voucher giveaway is the NTRA's 12th such promotion dating back to August 2000. The vouchers are redeemable for cash Aug. 12 at participating racetracks and OTBs.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders' Cup have struck a new joint operating agreement through at least 2008, ending speculation the two organizations could go their separate ways. In addition, they will have separate chief executive officers.
The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association is moving ahead with plans to implement a lump-sum payment that would reduce its annual National Thoroughbred Racing Association membership dues by about 50% but almost triple the number of NTRA-member HBPA affiliates.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders' Cup announced a 40% reduction in personnel and resulting administration costs as part of what they call a restructuring of their joint operating arrangement.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Authority has named Jamie Scott Haydon to administer the Breeders' Incentive Fund and develop programs to promote the horse and tourism industries.
Breeders' Cup has announced the names of the 13 individuals elected to its board of trustees and members for three-year terms beginning Aug. 1.
Gregory C. Avioli will face some major challenges when he takes over as interim chief executive officer of the Breeders' Cup and National Thoroughbred Racing Association July 1.
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.
The future direction of the Breeders' Cup, and perhaps the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, could be at least partly decided when the results of an ongoing election for the Breeders' Cup board of trustees and members are announced in July.
With the Internet Gambling Prohibition Act expected for markup in the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee on Thursday morning, officials with the National Thoroughbred Racing Association headed by executive vice president Greg Avioli have been actively negotiating with the Department of Justice over language in the bill relevant to horse racing.
A handicapper who wins a Churchill Downs Inc. qualifying tournament and the 2007 Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship will win a $1-million bonus.
Industry associations have joined the thousands of racing fans rallying around Barbaro, who was pulled up in the May 20 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and underwent surgery on his right hind leg the following day.
Television Games Network will again sponsor the $2 million TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), the 6-furlong race that is part of the Breeders' Cup World Championships, to be held Nov. 4 at Churchill Downs.
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.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has announced that Joe Santanna, president of the National HBPA; Robert W. Green, president and CEO of Greenwood Racing; and Thoroughbred Owners of California director and board chair Alan Landsburg have joined the NTRA Board of Directors.
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