UNDER LIGHTS: Breeding season has begun, so a common sight is mares under lights, such as this barn at Stonestreet Farm in Kentucky.

UNDER LIGHTS: Breeding season has begun, so a common sight is mares under lights, such as this barn at Stonestreet Farm in Kentucky.

Anne M. Eberhardt

TOBA Awards Dinner at Stonestreet Sept. 10

The 31st annual National Awards Dinner for Sept. 10 at Lexington farm.

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association July 26 announced that the 31st annual TOBA National Awards Dinner will be Saturday, Sept. 10 at Stonestreet Farm near Lexington.

The National Awards Dinner honors owners and breeders from 25 states and Canada. Also honored are four Regional Owners of the Year, a National Owner of the Year, National Breeder of the Year, Small Breeder of the Year, Broodmare of the Year, Rood & Riddle Sport Horse of the Year, Claiming Crown Horse of the Year, and recipient of the Robert N. Clay Award recognizing a member of the Thoroughbred racing community who has made an outstanding contribution to preserving land for equine use.

"We are very honored and excited to host the 2016 National Awards Dinner at Stonestreet Farm," said Dan Metzger, president of TOBA. "Stonestreet will present a magnificent atmosphere for our honorees and patrons and we greatly appreciate Barbara Banke's support and generosity in hosting what will be a truly memorable evening honoring outstanding achievements in Thoroughbred racing and breeding."

"We are excited to welcome the leading owners and breeders from across the nation for a celebration of their accomplishments at Stonestreet Farm," said Barbara Banke, owner of Stonestreet Farm. "Being able to host the TOBA Awards will be a fun and exciting way to kick off the fall sales season here in Kentucky."

Tickets for the National Awards Dinner may be purchased at www.toba.org or by calling (859) 276-3897.

Stonestreet is a leading breeding operation based near Lexington with the Stonestreet Training & Rehabilitation center offering the best in early education near Ocala, Fla., and a racing stable which competes throughout North America and internationally. The guiding focus of Stonestreet is to breed and develop quality thoroughbreds with strength, stamina and class. Since its inception in 2005 the yearling program has produced the winners of 37 graded stakes. The active racing stable, furnished with both homebreds and purchases, is highlighted by three Horses of the Year, two Hall of Fame inductees, the first filly to win the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) in 85 years, and the earners of more than $28,600,000 in purses.