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Graded Stakes Announced for 2008

Graded Stakes Announced for 2008

There will be three new grade I stakes in the United States in 2008 after a review by the American Graded Stakes Committee, but for the time being, the three Breeders' Cup World Championships races run for the first time in 2007 won't have a grade.

Legislators OK Task Force Rules

Legislators OK Task Force Rules

Legislators embraced recommendations of self-regulation for Kentucky horse auctions during a committee session Nov. 9, and applauded the effort of the Sales Integrity Task Force that formulated them.

TOBA to Conduct New Owner Seminar

TOBA to Conduct New Owner Seminar

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced July 16 that it will conduct a New Owner Seminar at the Beresford Gallery in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Aug. 10.

TCA Adds New Board Members

Thoroughbred Charities of America has announced the appointment of five new directors to its current board of directors: Antony Beck of Gainesway Farm, Jimmy Bell of Darley at Jonabell, Gary Biszantz of Cobra Farm, Nadia Sanan Briggs of Padua Stables, and Jack Wolf of Starlight Stables.

Horsemen: Don't Hold Triple Crown Races 'Hostage'

Major horsemen's groups have banded together to ask racetracks and account wagering providers to make the Triple Crown races available to all wagering services in light of a conflict that is spreading ill will as horse racing's most prominent and lucrative day approaches.

TOBA Partners With National City

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced Feb. 14 that National City Bank has become an official marketing partner of its organization and will now have the opportunity to provide equine financial expertise to both existing and new TOBA members.

Yaw Named TOBA Membership/Education Coordinator

Allison Yaw has been named as the membership and education coordinator at the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association. She will be responsible for coordinating the association's seminars and clinics, and assisting with membership development and various TOBA programs.

Call for Less 'Disconnection' Among Industry Leaders

Charismatic racing owner and airline boss V.J. Mallya called for greater integration and harmony and less "disconnection" among industry stakeholders at the 31st Asian Racing Conference in Dubai Jan. 25.

Breaking the Code

Breaking the Code

By Ray Paulick -- 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.

Breeders' Cup Launches 'Win and You're In' Series

Breeders' Cup Launches 'Win and You're In' Series

Breeders' Cup and some of the top racetracks in the country have repackaged major stakes for 2007 in the hope of promoting the World Championships. The scheme includes guaranteed berths in the Breeders' Cup for horses that win stakes on six big-event days in the summer and early fall.

Farmer Defends Support for Spitzer's Election

The surprisingly large influx of campaign contributions from breeders and horse owners in Kentucky, California and elsewhere to the New York gubernatorial campaign of Eliot Spitzer did not come from individuals secretly vying to obtain the New York Racing Association franchise, according to one of the top donors.

McKee Joins TOBA Staff

Katherine McKee has been named communications coordinator at the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association.

TCA Stallion Season Auction Set for December

Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) announced they will hold its Stallion Season Auction Dec. 1, and for the first time, the event will take place at Keeneland Entertainment Center.

Casners to Match Up to $1 Million Raised for Katrina Relief at Sale

Casners to Match Up to $1 Million Raised for Katrina Relief at Sale

Keeneland, with a $1-million commitment from Central Kentucky horseman Bill Casner and his wife, Susan, and in partnership with the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association and Thoroughbred Charities of America, will accept donations during the Sept. 12-26 yearling sale to help victims of Hurricane Katrina.

TOBA Partners with Exclusive Resorts

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced Tuesday that TOBA will be an exclusive partner with Exclusive Resorts, a leader in the new consumer segment of luxury residence clubs. The partnership originated out of interest in the National Awards Dinner to be held Sept. 9 at the Kentucky Horse Park. Exclusive Resorts identified TOBA members as a niche market for their product.

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