Elections for nine seats on National Thoroughbred Racing Association board of directors will begin in earnest in late March, but if history holds, the look of the board isn't expected to change that much.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association's Wagering Systems Task Force has enlisted a panel of business experts, including former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, to find out what caused purses to drop in 2003 even though national handle increased.
The boards of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations and Harness Tracks of America held a joint meeting March 4, in part to discuss the working relationship between The Jockey Club and Scientific Games in their in effort to upgrade technology and improve security in the national wagering system.
Eclipse Award winner Action This Day, Cuvee, and Ruler's Court accomplished enough as 2-year-olds last year to share top billing under the standard top weight of 126 pounds on the Experimental Free Handicap that was released Tuesday.
Adena Springs, with earnings of $11,550,052, heads the list of leading individual breeders in North America in 2003, according to statistics released Monday by The Jockey Club Information Systems, Inc.
Edward A. (Buddy) Bishop, who has served as The Jockey Club's registrar since 1984, will retire at year's end and will be succeeded by Rick Bailey.
The Jockey Club and Equibase Company announced Tuesday purse money and other monetary race data elements from Canada will be converted to U.S. funds starting on Jan. 1, 2005.
The Jockey Club announced Oct. 31 it has published an updated version of the Principal Rules and Requirements of the American Stud Book.
The Jockey Club released the 2003 Report of Mares Bred on Thursday. The report, while not complete, shows less than a 1% decline in both the number of covering stallions and the number of mares bred over last year's figures.
A 14-page color brochure designed as an introduction to the Thoroughbred industry has been published jointly by The Jockey Club, National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) and Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA).
- By Dan Liebman
By Dan Liebman -- The time has come for The Jockey Club to follow the USTA's lead and convert Canadian earnings to U.S. dollars.
The Jockey Club is projecting a 2004 North American registered Thoroughbred foal crop of 37,200, a marginal increase over 2003 and an indication that the foal crop size has stabilized following the decline in 2002 due to Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome (MRLS).
The vital areas of wagering integrity, technology, and medication will be spotlighted at The Jockey Club's Round Table Conference in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. on Aug. 17.
Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, now chairman and CEO of Giuliani Partners, will present a report on the integrity of electronic wagering in the racing industry on Aug. 17, at The Jockey Club's Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
The Jockey Club has re-designed both its corporate home page and the Registry web site in order to give visitors a better understanding of the organization and its family of companies and to simplify the manner in which owners and breeders perform registration-related functions online.
The number of mares bred in Kentucky in 2002 -- the year after mare reproductive loss syndrome first hit -- fell by 3.4% from 2001, but the state's broodmare population remains 33% higher than it was a decade earlier, according to figures released by The Jockey Club.
Dan Fick, a longtime executive director of racing for the American Quarter Horse Association, is expected to be named executive director of The Jockey Club during a board of stewards meeting Feb. 6.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick -- Eclipse voters may have potential conflicts of interest, but most take their jobs very seriously.
The late Ogden Phipps, who bred and raced generations of champion Thoroughbred racehorses, and longtime racing secretary and handicapper Howard Battle, who died of cancer last summer, have been named co-recipients of the Eclipse Award of Merit.
Owners and breeders must attempt to name foals of 2001 by Feb. 1 to avoid a $50 late fee, The Jockey Club said.
The Jockey Club on Friday announced the election of three new members: Reynolds Bell Jr., Larry Bramlage, D.V.M., and Richard Santulli.
Regardless of the outcome of the probe into suspicious Breeders' Cup Ultra Pick Six wagers, the situation figures to trigger a review of how the pari-mutuel industry conducts its business. It also left National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders' Cup officials to deal with public perception issues.
After almost 20 years of service with The Jockey Club, Hans J. Stahl is retiring as president and chief operating officer at the end of the year. Alan G. Marzelli, who currently serves as the chief financial officer at The Jockey Club, has been named his successor. Marzelli will assume his new duties on Jan. 1, 2003.
The Jockey Club reported on Oct. 17 that 3,364 stallions covered 59,090 mares in North America during 2002, according to Reports of Mares Bred (RMB's) received by The Jockey Club as of Oct. 10.
A hard-hitting BBC television program, which will be broadcast in Great Britain Oct. 6, relates what it claims to be one of the biggest scandals in the history of British sport.
During the breeding season of 2001, the number of stallions covering 100 or more mares actually decreased, but the stud horse that mounted the most mares blew the "cover" off the record.
The Jockey Club reminds consignors of weanlings to the upcoming fall
sales to complete each weanling's registration application and DNA kit as soon as possible.
Equibase is developing technology that could make a long-talked-about dream a reality: the automated collection of race data.
As the Thoroughbred industry embarks on a national campaign to encourage more investment in racehorses, the chairman of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association has issued a plea for uniformity in medication to help the sport in a number of areas.
The Jockey Club is predicting that the 2002 foal crop in Kentucky will be about 2,000 less than last year's figure, primarily because of mare reproductive loss syndrome, but the projected decrease isn't as large as earlier estimates.
Issues surrounding ownership, medication, equine genomics and the globalization of racing will be spotlighted when The Jockey Club's 50th annual Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing convenes at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on Aug. 18.
The Stewards of The Jockey Club have approved changes to clarify the eligibility for registration of foals resulting from certain breeding practices. The longstanding rule permits registration and listing in The American Stud Book of only those foals that have been bred by natural means.
The American Quarter Horse Association has eliminated all restrictions regarding the registration of foals produced through embryo transfer as part of an out-of-court settlement with a coalition of breeders. The ruling could affect the rules of other registries, including The Jockey Club.
The business unit that served as the information technology group for The Jockey Club and a technology consultant for the Thoroughbred industry has become a wholly owned subsidiary of The Jockey Club.
In honor of the recent passing of Ogden Phipps, the New York Racing Association decided Wednesday to rename the grade I Hempstead Handicap the Ogden Phipps Handicap.
The Jockey Club has redesigned the certificate of foal registration and will begin issuing the new certificates May 1.
The rate of reduction in foal losses in Kentucky is slowing, but it is still staggering. The latest figures from The Jockey Club show 32.4 percent less foals dropped in Kentucky this year through April 3 compared with a year ago.
Gary Carpenter, executive director of The Jockey Club, will take over as executive director of the American Quarter Horse Foundation effective May 6, the American Quarter Horse Association said March 19.
The board of directors of Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation has authorized funding of 22 equine research projects for a total of $777,524 in the year 2002.
For the first 64 days of the year, The Jockey Club has reported a significant drop in the number of Kentucky-bred foals. The decline was expected as a direct correlation to mare reproductive loss syndrome.
To Keeneland racing official Howard Battle, it was simple when it came time to decide who was going to get top weight on the 2001 Experimental Free Handicap for males. "He won very easily. How could you not give him the top weight?"
Thoroughbred breeders who are happy with the industry's staunch opposition to artificial insemination and embryo transfer should not get too comfortable. Pending legal action against the AQHA and The Jockey Club have the potential to wrest from breed registries control over their own rules.
Racing and breeding news from the Thoroughbred industry
The Jockey Club will not reinstate the foal registration papers of four rare Palomino Thoroughbreds because they were bred by artificial insemination. The breeder, who believes she is the victim of selective prosecution, intends to pursue the case further in a in New York courtroom.
The Jockey Club is working with the Thoroughbred Adoption and Retirement Association to establish and maintain a separate registry that would recognize Thoroughbreds suited for careers as sport or show horses.
After years of debate, the United States Trotting Association will convert Canadian earnings by American-based horses to U.S. dollars effective Jan. 1, 2002. Meanwhile, the Thoroughbred industry continues to haggle over the issue.
News and notes from around the industry...
The Society of International Thoroughbred Auctioneers has announced changes in requirements for races that will be considered black-type in North America effective Jan. 1, 2002.
Its ranks swelling as new groups form and apply for accreditation, the Thoroughbred Adoption and Retirement Associations is proposing a "social security system" for racing Thoroughbreds in the form of a registry that would recognize Thoroughbreds suited for a second career as sport or show horses.
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