When top tournament handicappers gather for the National Handicapping Championship finals in January 2014, they will encounter a new format that will add a third day of competition.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Jan. 22 that SimplexGrinnell has become a safety partner with NTRA Advantage, the NTRA's group purchasing program.
Paynter's recovery from life-threatening battles with laminitis and colitis after his victory in the 2012 Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I) at Monmouth Park was voted by fans the 2012 NTRA Moment of the Year.
Fans visiting Gulfstream Park on the night of Jan. 19 will have unprecedented access to the Eclipse Awards-winning connections immediately following their recognition at the sold-out event.
Holding the Eclipse Awards at Gulfstream Park plus the addition of several new charity events has given the event new life.
Recent tax legislation reinstated an important business investment incentive and substantially increased another incentive program for Thoroughbred owners and breeders and farm owners.
Following targeted lobbying from the NTRA, "Fiscal Cliff" legislation passed Jan. 1 by both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives contained language that exempts wagering losses from limitaton on itemized deductions.
ESPN's news-magazine show E:60 has won the 2012 Media Eclipse Award in the Television-Features programming category for "Notinrwildestdremz", the story of a rescued and neglected Thoroughbred filly.
Owner Ahmed Zayat confirmed Dec. 26 that his Haskell Invitational (gr. I) winner Paynter will ship from Fair Hill Equine Therapy Center near Elkton, Md., to Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert's California barn Dec. 29.
Voting is under way at the National Thoroughbred Racing Association website for the 14th annual "NTRA Moment of the Year."
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has formed an Eclipse Awards "host committee" that will actively promote participation in Eclipse Awards week events.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association reported that 41 of the 44 federal candidates it supported through its political action committee in 2011-12 won their seats in the Nov. 6 election.
Mark Johnson, longtime manager of national sales for John Deere's agricultural division and an important figure to the Thoroughbred industry, died Oct. 3 after a lengthy battle with lung cancer.
Educating trainers about the warning signs of catastrophic injury and having committees focus on racetrack safety are two ways safety can be improved at the racetrack.
- By Tom LaMarra
Bill Thomason, who took over as president and chief executive officer at Keeneland Sept. 1, has been named to the National Thoroughbred Racing Association board of directors.
Fairplex Park in Pomona, Calif., has been accredited by the The National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance following a complete review of all racing operations at the facility.
Two more national organizations have called on Kentucky to move forward with medication reform regulations shot down by a legislative committee Aug. 27.
NTRA Advantage partner John Deere will help recognize the outstanding breeder in New York state by offering the winner John Deere equipment.
Canterbury Park has earned re-accreditation from the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance.
Monmouth Park has earned re-accreditation from the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance.
"Miami Chic" will be the theme for the 42nd annual Eclipse Awards ceremony that will be held Jan. 19, 2013, at Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino in Hallandale Beach, Fla.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association is anticipating a fiscal year 2013 budget of $8.21 million, according to its latest annual report.
"I'll Have Another -- Charging Toward History" will premiere June 7 at 7:30 p.m. (EDT) on the NBC Sports Network. It will be shown again June 8 at 7:30 p.m. and June 9 at 2:30 p.m.
Golden Gate Fields has earned re-accreditation from the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance.
During April 10 meeting in Lexington, TOBA board of trustee members discussed other ways owners can be involved in ending race-day medication use.
Members of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance have been given the updated code of standards for 2012, officials said March 12.
- By Eric Mitchell
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The Jockey Club and National Thoroughbred Racing Association introduced the first in a series of fun, edgy videos designed to build a social network following for horse racing.
Game On Dude, who captured the Feb. 5 San Antonio Stakes (gr. II) by 5 lengths, is the leader on the first National Thoroughbred Racing Association Top Thoroughbred Poll for 2012.
Michael Beychok of Baton Rouge, La., topped a record field of 480 to win the $1 million first-place prize as "Handicapper of the Year" at the 13th Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship.
NTRA will host a free online handicapping contest Jan. 28 at ntra.com that will allow fans to follow along with the action at the $1.6 million Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas.
The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association has hired a Washington, D.C.-based firm to handle its legislative affairs given the organization is no longer a member of the NTRA.
Because some data presented to voters in the apprentice jockey competition for an Eclipse Award included wins and earnings for one rider after he had lost his apprenticeship, voting in that category will be re-conducted.
- By Tom LaMarra
Peggy Hendershot, who has headed the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's legislative endeavors, is leaving the organization at the end of 2011.
Turf writers Claire Novak and Jennie Reese won Media Eclipse Awards for 2011, it was announced Dec. 28 by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Daily Racing Form, and the National Turf Writers And Broadcasters.
Free-to-enter sweepstakes requires fans to select the horse they feel deserves to win the 2011 Horse of the Year award, which will be announced Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, at the Eclipse Awards ceremony in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Voting is under way at the National Thoroughbred Racing Association web site, www.ntra.com, for the 13th annual "NTRA Moment of the Year." Voters can choose from among 12 images, drawn from the year's events.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association board of directors has approved an $8 million budget for 2012 and reaffirmed its commitment to move forward, even in the absence of several high-profile members.
Learning how to use social media to boost public knowledge of aftercare facilities was one of the themes on the second and final day of a professional education seminar offered by the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance.
The NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance considers the presence of a "safety steward" at Southern California a superior best practice, but whether others create such a position depends on financial resources.
The Thoroughbred industry is making substantial strides in the area of racehorse aftercare programs -- some very public and others behind the scenes.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance is having an impact on the racing industry despite some misconceptions and will not be derailed, NTRA president Alex Waldrop said.
The president of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Sept. 24 credited a Pennsylvania racetrack with initiating pre-race soundness exams but said it's not enough.
The lack of quick veterinary attention for a filly that suffered a catastrophic breakdown during training at Penn National Sept. 18 could lead to required veterinary care during training hours at racetracks.
Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington has become an official equine medical promotional partner of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced that Del Mar Thoroughbred Club has earned re-accreditation from the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance. The re-accreditation followed a complete review of the facility.
Industry organizations that have weighed in so far are for the most part supportive of the plan by Breeders' Cup to phase out race-day medication use in the World Championships beginning in 2012.
Hollywood Park in California has earned re-accreditation from the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance.
Arlington Park has become the fourth racetrack to earn re-accreditation from the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's Safety and Integrity Alliance.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced July 6 that the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance has established a new website dedicated to retired Thoroughbred racehorses.
- By Tom LaMarra
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