TOBA Holds Annual Meeting in Saratoga Springs

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders' Association held its annual board and member meetings Aug. 8 at the Gideon Putnam Hotel in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders’ Association held its annual board and member meetings Aug. 8 at the Gideon Putnam Hotel in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Fourteen board members were elected, six  to second-year terms: Josephine Abercrombie, John Amerman, Antony Beck, Nadia Sanan Briggs, Dr. John Chandler, and Jack Wolf. New board members are Reynolds Bell Jr., H. Greg Goodman, Jeffery Lewis, Tom Ludt, Richard Mandella, Dr. J. David Richardson, Peter Vegso, and J. Michael O’Farrell.

Officers are chairman Bill Casner, president Dan Metzger, vice president Tracy Farmer, secretary Reynolds Bell Jr., and treasurer Duncan Taylor.

Elected to the American Graded Stakes Committee were Rollin W. Baugh, Bill Heiligbrodt, and NYRA racing secretary P.J. Campo, who replaces former Gulfstream Park racing secretary David Bailey.

The board of directors also appointed Beck to another term on the board of trustees for Blood-Horse Publications.

Topics of discussion during the annual meeting included an update from the Sales Integrity Task Force.

“Hopefully we’ll be able to continue to move forward,” said Casner. “The sales integrity task force has really come a long way in three years, and I think we’re continuing to do good work. What we’re doing has been extremely productive, we’ve been focused, and the good work is continuing.”

Casner said board members also discussed the industry pricing model and purse structure.

“There’s probably a universal agreement that the current model is inadequate, and we’re continuing to explore how TOBA can be involved in trying to move that need, to try and work toward creating bigger purses for owners and breeders and horsemen,” he said. “Right now we have a disparity between expenses and purses, and that’s not a healthy dynamic. It’s something TOBA continues to look at to see if there are methods or ways we can have influence.”

During the members’ meeting, updates were given on the status of various TOBA programs, including the Claiming Crown, the Racing Game, and the upcoming Sept. 8 TOBA Awards Dinner.

“It was a very good meeting,” said Metzger. “Everybody is very engaged in the projects we’re working on.” -- Claire Novak