By Ray Paulick - Some unsolicited advice for Cot Campbell, chairman of the Sales Integrity Task Force: Get an unlisted telephone number. Campbell's stewardship of this most difficult issue was inspiring, and his phone soon should be ringing off the hook with inquiries and job offers from scores of failed committees, task forces, and do-nothing organizations within the Thoroughbred world and beyond.
Reports of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders' Association Sales Integrity Task Force establishing guidelines and providing forms to improve level of disclosure at Thoroughbred auctions.
The American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced Wednesday its listing of U.S. graded stakes for 2005, the results of its annual grading session conducted Tuesday in Lexington, Ky.
The financial implications of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships -- before, during, and after the event -- are huge, speakers said Oct. 29 during a seminar sponsored by the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association at Lone Star Park.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA) has renewed its quarterly newsletter, now called The TOBA Times, that will update its members and others on TOBA programs and initiatives.
Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms was honored as National Breeder of the Year and the late John Franks was recognized as National Owner of the Year Friday night during the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA) National Awards Dinner at Juddmonte near Lexington.
Breeders from around the country were recognized Friday afternoon at a luncheon at Keeneland hosted by the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Association, at its next meeting Aug. 16, hopes to consider an upgraded drug-testing plan offered by the American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association.
In an effort to educate Kentucky residents and legislators on the importance of the horse industry to the Commonwealth's economy, Blood-Horse Publications is providing each member of the Kentucky Senate and House of Representatives with an annual subscription to The Blood-Horse, the company's flagship publication and the oldest continually published North American Thoroughbred magazine.
Herb and Ellen Moelis, founders of Thoroughbred Charities of America, have been named recipients of the Industry Service Award by the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association it was announced Friday.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association has re-elected Gary Biszantz as chairman of its board of trustees. It will mark the fourth term for Biszantz. The action was taken Aug. 13 during the organization's annual board meeting in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
The task force that will look into issues related to Thoroughbred sales will be inclusive, have 16 to 20 members, and could be in place by the end of August, officials with the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association said.
In a press release issued Friday, The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association said it "will take a lead role" in the formation of a task force to study practices involving Thoroughbred sales as suggested by the Alliance for Industry Reform (AIR).
The Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission and Delaware Park have decided the drug-testing protocol of the American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association be adopted voluntarily.
The board of directors of the Thoroughbred Championship Tour, a proposed owner-driven series of races tied to big-event days, said July 24 it has hired Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association president Dan Metzger to serve as president and chief executive officer.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association delayed implementation of its drug-testing protocol for graded stakes in the United States because not all jurisdictions were prepared to implement it, the American Graded Stakes Committee said July 14.
Drew Couto, one of the founding directors of the Thoroughbred Owners of California, has been named president of the organization. He succeeds John Van de Kamp, who has been elected president of the State Bar of California.
Officials of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced Friday that America's Day at the Races will not be held this year, but will return in 2005.
An agreement in principle was reached Wednesday for a joint effort between Breeders' Cup and the Thoroughbred Championship Tour.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association has formed a committee that will study the use of jockey advertising in live races and try and come up with a plan "that benefits the entire sport."
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association's 2004 National Awards Dinner will be held Sept. 10 at Prince Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms near Lexington.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association anticipates bottom-line revenue for 2004 will come in at $400,000, up from $307,895 in 2003. Total operating revenues are expected to increase by more than $6 million this year.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association will conduct its New and Prospective Owners seminar on May 16 at Churchill Downs.
The Breeders' Cup and Thoroughbred Championship Tour are discussing a potential joint venture that would have to be in place within 45 days under an agreement reached April 22, a Breeders' Cup official said.
By Ray Paulick -- In racing's ongoing drug war, the fiercest battles are being fought on the backstretch.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association remains committed to implementing a drug-testing program tied to the American Graded Stakes Committee by July 1, an official said April 1 during the Joint Conference of Racing Regulators in New Orleans.
Officials of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association and Thoroughbred Charities of America announced Monday that the two organizations have agreed to a strategic alliance aimed at expanding TCA's charitable programs on behalf of the industry.
The WinStar Derby and WinStar Sunland Park Oaks will be televised nationally by Fox Sports... Goldinrunner has been honored as 2003 Michigan-bred Thoroughbred horse of the year...The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association's next "New and Prospective Owners Seminar" is scheduled for Friday at Turfway Park.
The Greatest Game, the industry-based program charged with attracting and retaining Thoroughbred owners, will host a series of receptions in Maryland, Florida, and Georgia from March 17-25.
Legislation recently introduced in both chambers of the U.S. Congress would accelerate the implementation of a proposed national livestock identification program that would include all farm-raised animals, including horses.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association will hold a two-day conformation and pedigree clinic at Calder Race Course Feb. 1-2.
Organizers of the Thoroughbred Championship Tour and Breeders' Cup are working on an agreement that would facilitate launch of the proposed high-level stakes series for 2005.
The American Graded Stakes Committee, which is administered by the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, will implement its plan of stringent drug testing for all graded stakes beginning in July 2004.
Terri Battle has been named Membership Manager of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association.
By Ray Paulick -- Will 2004 be a turning point for the Frank Stronach-led Magna Entertainment, which frequently has stumbled and struggled since entering the racetrack ownership business in 1998 with its purchase of Santa Anita Park? Also, will Keeneland bring back the July yearling sale and will the Thoroughbred Championship Tour kick off in 2004?
The Greatest Game owner-recruitment program has plans to continue in 2004, but it could have a somewhat different look as the process of developing Thoroughbred owners continues to evolve.
The American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association released Tuesday its listing of U.S. graded stakes for 2004, the results of its annual grading session conducted Nov. 24 in Lexington, Ky. The committee reviewed 759 unrestricted U.S. stakes races with a purse of at least $75,000, and assigned graded status to 480 of them, seven less than were graded in 2003.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced today the appointment of John Phillips to the American Graded Stakes Committee in place of New York Racing Association chairman Barry Schwartz. Phillips will serve out the remaining two years of Schwartz's term.
The Claiming Crown is scheduled to return to Canterbury Park in 2004. In five runnings to date of the event, Canterbury has hosted it four times.
A panel discussion will be part of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association's Breeders' Cup seminar Oct. 24 at Santa Anita Park. The focus of the seminar, for current or prospective owners, will be the California racing and breeding industry.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association's proposed Thoroughbred Championship Tour will proceed with assistance from the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and the Breeders' Cup.
Officials with the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association and Keeneland were to hit the road to Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 30 to attempt to cultivate Thoroughbred owners.
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).
No one is more deserving of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association's Industry Service Award than Bill Casner and Kenny Troutt, the co-owners of WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky.
Bill Casner, co-owner of WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky., called for support of video lottery terminals in Kentucky and the Thoroughbred Championship Tour while accepting the 2003 Industry Service Award at the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders' Association's National Awards Dinner.
Breeders from the United States and Canada were honored Sept. 5 during a luncheon that included a call for the industry to get behind efforts to restore the NTRA Great State Challenge to the racing calendar for 2004.
Tickets still available for Friday's TOBA national awards dinner...Arlington moves Friday post time to 2:30 p.m.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders' Association has selected WinStar Farm's Bill Casner and Kenny Troutt to receive the organization's Industry Service Award.
Thoroughbred racing got plenty of television exposure Aug. 22 during the three-hour "Squawk Box" program on cable network CNBC--and so did two racing executives who have been at odds in recent years.
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