Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association

Improving the economics, integrity and pleasure of Thoroughbred Racing

  • Graded Stakes Drug Testing Plan to Begin in July

    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.

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    Frank Talk

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- 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?

  • List of Graded Stakes for 2004 Released; Total Drops By Seven

    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.

  • Phillips Replaces Schwartz on Graded Stakes Committee

    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.

  • Panel Discussion Part of TOBA Breeders' Cup Seminar

    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.

  • Industry Organizations Produce Informational Brochure

    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).

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    Helping Hands

    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.

  • Racing Series, VLTs Endorsed by Award Winner

    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 Honored; Call to Save 'Challenge' Issued

    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.

  • Here and There

    Tickets still available for Friday's TOBA national awards dinner...Arlington moves Friday post time to 2:30 p.m.

  • Casner, Troutt to Receive TOBA Service Award

    The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders' Association has selected WinStar Farm's Bill Casner and Kenny Troutt to receive the organization's Industry Service Award.

  • TheGreatestGame.com Promoting Thoroughbred Ownership

    Three Thoroughbred organizations--National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Keeneland Association, and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association--have joined forces to fund and develop <a href="thegreatestgame.com">TheGreatestGame</a>, a program aimed at identifying, recruiting, and retaining new owners for the horse industry.

  • Biszantz Re-Elected TOBA Chair

    Gary Biszantz was re-elected chairman of its board of trustees for the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association Friday. Also joining Biszantz on the Board of Trustees to serve three-year terms as new members are Bill Casner, Stuart Janney III, and Trudy McCaffrey.

  • TOBA Holds 18th Annual National Awards Dinner at Walmac

    The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association will hold its 18th annual Awards dinner and program at Walmac International near Lexington on Sept. 5, 2003. Grammy Award winner Sawyer Brown will perform at the event.

  • Breeders' Cup Board Supports 'Tour,' OKs Drug Tests

    The Breeders' Cup board of directors on Monday officially endorsed the proposed Thoroughbred Championship Tour, and also said it would use a new drug-testing protocol being designed by the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association for all graded stakes.

  • Greatest Game Holds Second Lottery

    The Greatest Game, a program created to encourage more people to join the Thoroughbred industry as owners, held its second matching lottery in Lexington on July 8. The lottery gives individuals who have expressed interest in becoming owners, contact information for three advisors.

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    TOBA's Graded Gamble

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- By using the power of its American Graded Stakes Committee, the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association is taking a leadership role to ensure the highest standards are being used to test those horses competing in America's most important races.

  • The Greatest Game Ready for Second Lottery

    The Greatest Game, an owner-development program under the auspices of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, has scheduled its next lottery for July 8 in Lexington.

  • Drug Testing Protocol Slated for Graded Stakes in '04

    The American Graded Stakes Committee plans to install a drug testing protocol for all graded stakes in 2004 that will require laboratories to perform tests for approximately 140 parent drugs and their analytes.

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    Tour De Force?

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- One of the last things Thoroughbred racing needs is another organization that duplicates or comes into conflict with the work of others. That must be avoided if the Thoroughbred Championship Tour, a concept developed by the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, comes to fruition.

  • Support of 'Tour' to Be Recommended to BC Board

    The Breeders' Cup executive committee and management team is expected to recommend to the full Breeders' Cup board that the organization continue to work with the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association to facilitate the proposed Thoroughbred Championship Tour.

  • Katherine North Named TOBA Membership Manager

    Katherine North has joined the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association as membership manager, responsible for membership development, coordination of TOBA seminars and clinics, and assisting with the organization's National Awards Dinner.

  • Officials: 'Tour' Will Rely on Incentives for Owners

    The Thoroughbred Championship Tour, a proposed series of stakes that would bridge the Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, will rely heavily on incentives to get owners to commit their horses, officials said June 3.

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    Card Mania

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- Legal account wagering should not be lumped in the same category as offshore gambling.

  • 'Tour' Plan Details Up For Discussion Again in June

    Representatives of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association met for the second time May 15 to discuss the future of the Thoroughbred Championship Tour, a for-profit racing series that would rely on owners for start-up funds.

  • Knowlton Addresses TOBA Seminar

    Jack Knowlton, managing partner of Sackatoga Stable, gave an owner's perspective to about 30 prospective clients at new owner's seminar at Pimlico Racecourse the morning of May 16.

  • Knowlton Among Speakers at TOBA Owners' Seminar

    Jackson Knowlton of Sackatoga Stable, which owns Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide, will be a featured speaker May 16 at the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association New and Prospective Owners Seminar at Pimlico Race Course.

  • Stakes Grades to be Tied to Drug-Testing Plan

    The American Graded Stakes Committee will begin implementing a drug-testing plan for horses participating in its designated races beginning at Keeneland and Belmont Park this fall. It expects to have the testing protocol fully in place by the end of 2004.

  • 'Tour' Plan: Franchise and Rights Fees for Owners

    The proposed Thoroughbred Championship Tour hopes to create a sports franchise for horse owners and a network television package that rivals that of Triple Crown Productions. But the limited liability company that would own the racing series expects to lose an average of $3.7 million in each of its first five formative years because of purse contributions.

  • The Greatest Game Holds First Lottery for 16 Prospects

    The Greatest Game, which seeks to match prospective Thoroughbred owners with bloodstock consultants that have agreed to follow a code of ethics, held its first lottery March 25 in Lexington. There were 16 prospects from across the country and a pool of 75 consultants.

  • NTRA Committee to Take Closer Look at 'Tour' Plan

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders' Cup have formed the framework to look at the Thoroughbred Championship Tour, a for-profit, televised racing series the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association hopes to launch.

  • NTRA Committee to Take Closer Look at 'Tour' Plan

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders' Cup have formed the framework to look at the Thoroughbred Championship Tour, a for-profit, televised racing series the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association hopes to launch.

  • Committee Warns Tracks of Potential Downgrades

    The American Graded Stakes Committee has issued warning letters to racetracks that present nearly every grade 1 stakes for 3-year-olds, advising them that the races would be downgraded for 2004 unless field quality improves.

  • TOBA Plans Televised Thoroughbred Championship Tour

    The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association hopes to launch a for-profit, televised racing series with the assistance of Breeders' Cup and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, but it could be 2004 before the series has legs.