Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association

Improving the economics, integrity and pleasure of Thoroughbred Racing

  • Beck, Bell Named to NTRA Board

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) board of directors met Sept. 11 in Lexington and selected two new board members, Antony Beck of Gainesway Farm and Reynolds Bell Jr., chairman of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association.

  • James Tafel (right) was honored as top breeder in the nation at the Sept. 6 TOBA Awards dinner.

    TOBA Honors Racing's Best

    The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association once again honored the top men and women in racing in North America for their industry achievements from the previous year at its annual dinner.

  • State Breeders Honored for Dedication

    They all have stories to tell. And it's those stories that brought them together the evening of Sept. 5 to be honored at the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association dinner recognizing breeders in various states.

  • Sales Integrity Task Force Gets Award

    The Sales Integrity Task Force will receive the 2008 Industry Service Award from the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association during the TOBA National Awards Dinner Sept. 6 at the Lexington Center in Lexington.

  • Bell Elected New Chairman of TOBA

    Reynolds Bell Jr. will succeed Bill Casner as chairman of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, which held its annual members' meeting Aug. 6 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

  • Claiming Crown Attracts 84 Pre-Entries

    Eighty-four horses, representing 17 different U.S. states and one Canadian province, were pre-entered July 23 for the 2008 Claiming Crown, which will take place Aug. 2 at Canterbury Park.

  • Van Clief New Sales Integrity Chairman

    The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced July 18 the appointment of D.G. Van Clief, Jr. as the chairman of the Sales Integrity Program Monitoring Committee.

  • TOBA to Host New Owner Seminar

    The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced July 9 that it will conduct a new owner seminar July 18 at Woodbine in Canada.

  • TOBA president Dan Metzger.

    TOBA Panel Targeting Adoption of Rules

    The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association is hoping its network of members in various states is effective at lobbying regulators to adopt recommendations for rules in the area of equine health and safety.

  • TOBA to Conduct New Owner Seminar

    The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced April 16 it will conduct a new owner seminar May 1 at the Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville.

  • THG Adds Members, TOBA Support

    Seven new organizations representing owners and trainers in states including Kentucky, Florida, and Maryland have joined the Thoroughbred Horsemen's Group, with a mutual goal of reforming the industry's wagering revenue distribution system in order to sustain live racing in North America.

  • TOBA to Webcast New Owner Seminar

    The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced April 8 it will Webcast its New Owner Seminar held Feb. 22 in Hallandale Beach, Fla.

  • New Owner Seminar Set at Prairie Meadows

    The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association will conduct a new owner seminar April 18 at Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Altoona, Iowa.

  • TOBA Awards Dinner Location Announced

    The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced March 27 its 2008 National Awards Dinner will be held at the Lexington Convention Center in Lexington Sept. 6.

  • New: TOBA Member of the Month

    John "Jack" Carey of California is the first Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association member to be recognized through a new program called the "TOBA Member of the Month."

  • TOBA Sets 'New Owner Seminar'

    The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association will conduct a "new owner seminar" Feb. 22 in Hallandale Beach, Fla.

  • TOBA Releases Schedule of Seminars for 2008

    The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association scheduled four new-owner seminars, a three-day breeding clinic, and two pedigree and conformation clinics for 2008.

  • 2007 TOBA Dinner 'Record Event' at Hill 'n' Dale

    This year's Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders' Association dinner took place at John Sikura's picturesque Hill 'n' Dale Farm near Lexington, where elite horsemen from across the country gathered for a night of entertainment by Aretha Franklin and a ceremony to honor their accomplishments in the industry.

  • Casner to Receive TCA Charity Leadership Award

    The officers and board of directors of Thoroughbred Charities of America have selected Bill Casner as recipient of the TCA Charity Leadership Award to be presented at the 18th annual TCA Stallion Season and Art Auction Nov. 30 at Keeneland.

  • Mandatory Tests for Steroids Set for Graded Stakes

    The American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association will add four commonly used anabolic steroids to the list of substances for which horses must be tested in graded stakes effective Jan. 1, 2008.

  • Youbet.Com To Be Presenting Sponsor of TOBA Awards Banquet

    The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced that Youbet.com will be the presenting sponsor of the 2007 TOBA National Awards Dinner scheduled for Sept. 8 at Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington. This marks the second consecutive year that Youbet.com has been the presenting sponsor of the event.

  • Sales Integrity Task Force Grows to 36 Members

    Thirty-six representatives of the Kentucky horse industry have agreed to join the Sales Intergrity Task Force, which will meet again sometime in May. The complete list of members was released April 30 by the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association.

  • RCI Panel Discusses Ideas for Racehorse Safety

    Emphatic calls for change in dealing with horse racing injuries and related prevention methods were made April 24 during a panel discussion at the annual Association of Racing Commissioners International Conference in Jackson Hole, Wyo.

  • Program is Launched for New Industry Investors

    Prospective investors in the multi-billion dollar Thoroughbred industry can now get a "leg up" with the launch of The Racing Game, a re-branded partnership of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, Keeneland Association and Blood-Horse Publications.

  • TOBA to Offer Auction, Pedigree, and Conformation Clinic

    The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association will conduct an Auction, Pedigree, and Conformation Clinic March 17-18 in Ocala, Fla. The registration fee for the clinic is $250 for TOBA members and $300 for non-members and includes all support materials, admission, and presentations.

  • TOBA's Sales Integrity Task Force to Reconvene

    The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, which facilitated the Sales Integrity Task Force in 2004, has agreed to reconvene the task force to address Kentucky House Bill 388 and other issues relating to the sale of horses in the state.

  • Jess Jackson (right) and CBA rep Bayne Welker discuss Kentucky House Bills 367 and 388 at a Wednesday session in  Frankfort.

    Compromise Tables Legislation Backed by Jackson

    Proposed Kentucky legislation that sparked controversy in the Thoroughbred auction community was tabled Feb. 14 after a compromise was reached between the bill's backers and several entities related to the commonwealth's signature industry.

  • Ray Paulick
Editor-in-Chief

    Breaking the Code

    <em>By Ray Paulick</em> -- While efforts to reform the bloodstock market have been stalled since the introduction of a Code of Ethics in 2004, a rallying cry can be heard from across the ocean as the new president of the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association in England calls for reform.

  • Survey Says: Require Agents to Disclose Commissions

    A recent survey of Thoroughbred horse owners, breeders, managers, trainers, and bloodstock agents shows overwhelming agreement that bloodstock agents should be required to disclose the commission rates they receive to both the buyer and seller.

  • 2007 TOBA Awards Dinner to be Held at Hill 'n' Dale

    The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced Jan. 4 its 2007 National Awards Dinner will be held at John G. Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington Saturday, Sept. 8, marking the first time that the event will be held on a Saturday.

  • Vinery Hosts 2006 TOBA Awards Dinner

    One of the most definitive and memorable evenings kicking off the fall season in Central Kentucky is the annual Thoroughbred Owners' and Breeders' Award dinner, which is now in its 21st year.

  • Buyers Want Disclosure of Conformation-Altering Procedures

    More than two-thirds of respondents to a Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association survey of auction buyers indicated they are less likely to purchase a horse that has undergone a surgical procedure prior to being sold.

  • TOBA Survey Calls for More Disclosure

    More than two-thirds of respondents to a Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association survey of auction buyers indicated they are less likely to purchase a horse that has undergone a surgical procedure prior to being sold.

  • Youbet First Title Sponsor of TOBA Awards Dinner

    Youbet.com will be the first ever title sponsor of the annual Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association awards dinner. This year's event will be held Sept. 8 at Vinery near Lexington.

  • TCA/TOBA Auction Raises $1.9 Million

    The 16th annual charity stallion season and art auction conducted by Thoroughbred Charities of America and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association on Dec. 3 at CandyLand Farm in Delaware and audiocast to Cross Gate Gallery in Lexington, Ky. raised $1.9 million.

  • Keeneland Foundation, Partners, Raise Over $1 Million for Relief

    The Keeneland Foundation, in partnership with the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, Thoroughbred Charities of America, Starquine, and the Casner Family Foundation, announced Oct. 26 the results of a hurricane relief effort launched during the September Sales.