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Tour De Force?

By Ray Paulick -- One of the last things Thoroughbred racing needs is another organization that duplicates or comes into conflict with the work of others. That must be avoided if the Thoroughbred Championship Tour, a concept developed by the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, comes to fruition.

Support of 'Tour' to Be Recommended to BC Board

The Breeders' Cup executive committee and management team is expected to recommend to the full Breeders' Cup board that the organization continue to work with the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association to facilitate the proposed Thoroughbred Championship Tour.

Katherine North Named TOBA Membership Manager

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.

Card Mania

By Ray Paulick -- Legal account wagering should not be lumped in the same category as offshore gambling.

'Tour' Plan Details Up For Discussion Again in June

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.

Knowlton Among Speakers at TOBA Owners' Seminar

Jackson Knowlton of Sackatoga Stable, which owns Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide, will be a featured speaker May 16 at the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association New and Prospective Owners Seminar at Pimlico Race Course.

Stakes Grades to be Tied to Drug-Testing Plan

The American Graded Stakes Committee will begin implementing a drug-testing plan for horses participating in its designated races beginning at Keeneland and Belmont Park this fall. It expects to have the testing protocol fully in place by the end of 2004.

'Tour' Plan: Franchise and Rights Fees for Owners

The proposed Thoroughbred Championship Tour hopes to create a sports franchise for horse owners and a network television package that rivals that of Triple Crown Productions. But the limited liability company that would own the racing series expects to lose an average of $3.7 million in each of its first five formative years because of purse contributions.

The Greatest Game Holds First Lottery for 16 Prospects

The Greatest Game, which seeks to match prospective Thoroughbred owners with bloodstock consultants that have agreed to follow a code of ethics, held its first lottery March 25 in Lexington. There were 16 prospects from across the country and a pool of 75 consultants.

NTRA Committee to Take Closer Look at 'Tour' Plan

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders' Cup have formed the framework to look at the Thoroughbred Championship Tour, a for-profit, televised racing series the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association hopes to launch.

The Phipps Passion

By Ray Paulick -- By popular request, here are the remarks by Jockey Club chairman Ogden Mills Phipps at the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association's annual awards dinner.

Greatest Game Organizers: Long-Term Project

The Greatest Game, a new-owner initiative that began in earnest in August, is designed to be a long-term endeavor and not a flash in the pan, organizers said Sept. 13 during an informational session in the Keeneland sale pavilion.

Owner-Driven Racing Series a Long-Haul Challenge

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association hopes to launch a for-profit, televised racing series with the assistance of Breeders' Cup and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, but much work remains to be done, officials said.

All Together Now

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By Dr. Jerry B. Black -- Having been involved the past two years with the formidable task of achieving a uniform racehorse medication policy in the United States, I was pleased to see that the chairman of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, Gary Biszantz, would be adding an important voice to the cause during his "Plea for Uniformity" presentation at the recent Jockey Club Round Table.

All Together Now

  • TOBA

By Dr. Jerry B. Black -- Having been involved the past two years with the formidable task of achieving a uniform racehorse medication policy in the United States, I was pleased to see that the chairman of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, Gary Biszantz, would be adding an important voice to the cause during his "Plea for Uniformity" presentation at the recent Jockey Club Round Table.

Industry Leader Albert Clay Dies at Age 85

Albert G. Clay, breeder and long-time Thoroughbred industry leader, died the morning of Aug. 20 at his residence in Mt. Sterling, Ky. Clay was 85. Clay helped found the American Horse Council in 1969, and served as that organization's secretary for many years.

Equine Genomics, Ownership Among Topics for the 50th Round Table

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.

Fleecing of America

By Ray Paulick -- Maybe the horse industry should borrow a page from the marketing program for the modest, but fast-growing the Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association.

TOBA Names Membership Manager

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.

Summit Comes Down to Time and Money

In the aftermath of Tuesday's Racehorse Medication Summit, it was all about time and money. Participants said they wouldn't have much more to say until the official minutes of the meeting are released, and that the success of any proposal hinges on a funding mechanism.

Committee to Make the Grades for 2002

The American Graded Stakes Committee will meet Tuesday and Wednesday in Lexington to review the grades assigned to 475 stakes in the United States, and in total will look at about 750 races that are unrestricted and carry a purse of at least $75,000.

A Worthy Cause

By Ray Paulick -- John Hettinger isn't alone in his effort to protect ex-racehorses from going to the slaughterhouse.

Plans for State-Bred Cup Day Progress

Plans for a national state-bred championship series tied to the Breeders' Cup moved forward Friday during a Breeders' Cup board of directors meeting in Lexington, officials said. If the program comes to fruition, it would be held the Friday before the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, perhaps next year.

Hettinger to Receive Industry Service Award

John Hettinger, winner of a Special Eclipse Award in 2000, has been selected recipient of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association Industry Service Award. Hettinger, owner of Akindale Farm in Pawling, N.Y., will receive the award at the TOBA National Awards Dinner Sept. 7 at Adena Springs Farm in Midway, Ky.

TOBA Winners Announced

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association named four owners as recipients of its 2001 Regional Owner of the Year Awards.

Biszantz to Head TOBA Board

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced Friday the election of Gary Biszantz as chairman of its board of trustees. Joining Biszantz on the board for three-year terms as new members will be John Amerman, John Ed Anthony, Cot Campbell, Bob Courtney Jr., Willian Heiligbrodt, R.D. Hubbard, Eugene Melnyk, Debby Oxley, George Strawbridge, Kenny Trout, Tom Van Meter, and Charlotte Weber.

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