Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association

Improving the economics, integrity and pleasure of Thoroughbred Racing

  • 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.

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    The Phipps Passion

    <i>By Ray Paulick </i> -- By popular request, here are the remarks by Jockey Club chairman Ogden Mills Phipps at the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association's annual awards dinner.

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    Greatest Game Organizers: Long-Term Project

    The Greatest Game, a new-owner initiative that began in earnest in August, is designed to be a long-term endeavor and not a flash in the pan, organizers said Sept. 13 during an informational session in the Keeneland sale pavilion.

  • Owner-Driven Racing Series a Long-Haul Challenge

    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 much work remains to be done, officials said.

  • All Together Now

    <i>By Dr. Jerry B. Black</i> -- Having been involved the past two years with the formidable task of achieving a uniform racehorse medication policy in the United States, I was pleased to see that the chairman of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, Gary Biszantz, would be adding an important voice to the cause during his "Plea for Uniformity" presentation at the recent Jockey Club Round Table.

  • All Together Now

    <i>By Dr. Jerry B. Black</i> -- Having been involved the past two years with the formidable task of achieving a uniform racehorse medication policy in the United States, I was pleased to see that the chairman of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, Gary Biszantz, would be adding an important voice to the cause during his "Plea for Uniformity" presentation at the recent Jockey Club Round Table.

  • Truly a Judge is a Jewel in Claiming Crown

    In his first start in the East in more than two years, Ailshie & Aidekman's Truly a Judge shipped from California and ran away with the $150,000 Jewel, the last and richest race of the six Claiming Crown Championship events at Philadelphia Park Aug. 31.

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    Industry Leader Albert Clay Dies at Age 85

    Albert G. Clay, breeder and long-time Thoroughbred industry leader, died the morning of Aug. 20 at his residence in Mt. Sterling, Ky. Clay was 85. Clay helped found the American Horse Council in 1969, and served as that organization's secretary for many years.

  • Round Table Call: More Horse Owners, Less Medication

    As the Thoroughbred industry embarks on a national campaign to encourage more investment in racehorses, the chairman of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association has issued a plea for uniformity in medication to help the sport in a number of areas.

  • Equine Genomics, Ownership Among Topics for the 50th Round Table

    Issues surrounding ownership, medication, equine genomics and the globalization of racing will be spotlighted when The Jockey Club's 50th annual Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing convenes at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on Aug. 18.

  • TOBA Part of New International Owners Association

    A new global association hopes to serve as an advocate for racehorse owners, and among its goals are standardization of veterinary procedures in all member countries and acceptance of a code of conduct for industry professionals.

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    Fleecing of America

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- Maybe the horse industry should borrow a page from the marketing program for the modest, but fast-growing the Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association.

  • TOBA Names Membership Manager

    Carmen Roberson, who has a background in marketing and advertising, has been named membership manager for the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association. Roberson will handle membership and advertising sales, and will assist with TOBA's marketing and communications.

  • Philadelphia Park Gets 2002 Claiming Crown

    The fourth running of $550,000 Claiming Crown will be held at Philadelphia Park on Aug. 31. The series will offer six races with purses between $50,000 and $150,000.

  • Philly Park Looms Host of 2002 Claiming Crown

    Pending resolution of final contractual matters, the Claiming Crown will make its Mid-Atlantic debut at Philadelphia Park in August or September this year, event organizers said Thursday. No date has been announced.

  • Fisher Named Director of Marketing and Communications at TOBA

    Gay Fisher has been named director of marketing and communications for the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association. She will be responsible for managing TheGreatestGame.com, membership development, and the organization's annual awards dinner.

  • Summit Comes Down to Time and Money

    In the aftermath of Tuesday's Racehorse Medication Summit, it was all about time and money. Participants said they wouldn't have much more to say until the official minutes of the meeting are released, and that the success of any proposal hinges on a funding mechanism.

  • Russell Jones, chairs American Graded Stakes Committee.

    Committee to Make the Grades for 2002

    The American Graded Stakes Committee will meet Tuesday and Wednesday in Lexington to review the grades assigned to 475 stakes in the United States, and in total will look at about 750 races that are unrestricted and carry a purse of at least $75,000.

  • A Worthy Cause

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- John Hettinger isn't alone in his effort to protect ex-racehorses from going to the slaughterhouse.

  • Mangurian, Stronach Win National TOBA Awards

    Harry Mangurian has been named breeder of the year, and Frank Stronach owner of the year, by the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association. The award winners for 2000 were named Sept. 7 during TOBA's annual awards dinner.

  • Mangurian, Stronach Win National TOBA Awards

    Harry Mangurian has been named breeder of the year, and Frank Stronach owner of the year, by the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association. The award winners for 2000 were named Sept. 7 during TOBA's annual awards dinner.

  • Plans for State-Bred Cup Day Progress

    Plans for a national state-bred championship series tied to the Breeders' Cup moved forward Friday during a Breeders' Cup board of directors meeting in Lexington, officials said. If the program comes to fruition, it would be held the Friday before the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, perhaps next year.

  • Hettinger to Receive Industry Service Award

    John Hettinger, winner of a Special Eclipse Award in 2000, has been selected recipient of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association Industry Service Award. Hettinger, owner of Akindale Farm in Pawling, N.Y., will receive the award at the TOBA National Awards Dinner Sept. 7 at Adena Springs Farm in Midway, Ky.

  • TOBA Winners Announced

    The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association named four owners as recipients of its 2001 Regional Owner of the Year Awards.

  • Biszantz to Head TOBA Board

    The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced Friday the election of Gary Biszantz as chairman of its board of trustees. Joining Biszantz on the board for three-year terms as new members will be John Amerman, John Ed Anthony, Cot Campbell, Bob Courtney Jr., Willian Heiligbrodt, R.D. Hubbard, Eugene Melnyk, Debby Oxley, George Strawbridge, Kenny Trout, Tom Van Meter, and Charlotte Weber.

  • Adena Springs to Host 2001 TOBA Awards Dinner

    For the second time in three years, Frank Stronach's Adena Springs Farm near Midway, Ky., will host the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association National Awards Dinner. TOBA announced that the 2001 edition will take place on Friday, Sept. 7.

  • Charity Auction Thefts Pursued

    Organizers of the ninth annual Shoemaker Foundation are looking for the person or persons responsible for taking a conformation painting of Secretariat from the annual dinner held at Walmac International near Lexington Sept. 9.

  • Five Owners Honored By TOBA

    The national Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association has named five owners to receive its regional "Owner of the Year" awards at the organization's annual awards dinner Sept 8.

  • TOBA Becomes Founding Member of NTRA

    The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association has become the sixth founding member of the Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), with the two organizations announcing Friday they plan to pool resources in areas of shared priorities, including working together with other Thoroughbred industry leaders, in new owner development and retention programs.<br>

  • Owners Hear Plans For National Racing License

    The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, which is set to embark ona plan to introduce new owners to the game, was briefed Friday morning onsomething dear to the hearts of owners-a national racing license that wouldcut a lot of red tape.

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