Ogden Mills “Dinny” Phipps, chairman of The Jockey Club, will be honored Aug. 5 at the Saratoga Gala of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation. Phipps will receive the Earle Mack Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation Champion Award for his outstanding efforts and influence on Thoroughbred racehorse welfare, safety, and retirement.
“Dinny Phipps has lived a life of commitment and responsibility to Thoroughbreds,” Mack said. “Under his chairmanship, The Jockey Club has taken a leading role in moving the industry to deal with the complex issues faced in dealing with Thoroughbred race horses when their racing careers are over."
Phipps has served many leading roles in Thoroughbred racing and breeding. He was chairman of the board of the New York Racing Association from 1976 until 1986. He is a member of Breeders’ Cup Ltd. and served on the board of directors of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Inc. from its inception until June 2007.
As chairman of The Jockey Club, Phipps has directed many programs to meet the increasing needs in the industry, including the Retirement Checkoff Program that enables owners and breeders to support Thoroughbred aftercare programs at the time they register their foals. The Jockey Club also initiated Thoroughbred Connect, a free online service to assist with placement of Thoroughbreds following conclusion of their racing and breeding careers.
The Saratoga Gala is the primary fundraising event of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation. Held at The Saratoga City Center, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., the popular event features dinner and dancing, celebrity auctions of unique experiences, and stallion seasons.
For additional information: www.trfinc.org, or call (518) 226-0028.