Suffolk Downs will reinstitute the historic Massachusetts Handicap this fall as part of a continued effort to return the East Boston racetrack to a secure financial position.
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.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced that Aretha Franklin will headline their National Awards Dinner Sept. 8 at John G. Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farms.
- By Tom LaMarra
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Claiming Crown, to be held for the first time at Ellis Park in western Kentucky, has been scheduled for Aug. 4, officials said.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association has announced the launch of its newly redesigned Web site, www.toba.org.
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.
Kentucky will host its first Claiming Crown in 2007 when the event moves to Ellis Park, the western Kentucky racetrack whose sale to businessman Ron Geary is expected to close in late September.
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.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA) announced the Race Track Chaplaincy of America (RTCA) is the recipient of the 2006 Industry Service Award. The award will be presented at the TOBA National Awards Dinner Sept. 8 at Vinery in Lexington.
- By Tom Precious
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.
Katherine McKee has been named communications coordinator at the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association.
Delegates from 16 countries along with each country's associated veterinarians and observers met to exchange information pertaining to Thoroughbred racing, breeding, sales and general equine health at the bi-annual International Breeders Meeting May 30, 2006 in Tokyo.
- By Tom LaMarra
Organizers hope to spark some new interest in this year's Claiming Crown, a $600,000 series of seven starter allowance stakes set for July 15 at Canterbury Park.
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.
Erin Halliwell has been named director of marketing and communications for the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA).
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.
Partnerships in Thoroughbred ownership may offer an easier and less-costly way to enter the business, but partnership managers have some friendly advice: Use your head and have reasonable expectations.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association will hold its New and Prospective Owners Seminar at Belmont Park Friday, Oct. 28, the day before the 22nd running of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association will conduct an auction seminar at Keeneland Sept. 16, a dark day for the September yearling sale.
Frank Stronach of Adena Springs and Eugene and Laura Melnyk were the big winners during the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association's national awards dinner Friday night at the Kentucky Horse Park near Lexington.
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.
Musical act Buckwheat Zydeco will headline the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association National Awards Dinner set for Sept. 9 at the Kentucky Horse Park near Lexington.
Reynolds Bell Jr., who has been involved in the Thoroughbred industry for more than 25 years, has been elected to the board of stewards of The Jockey Club.
Bill Casner of WinStar Farm has been elected chairman of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, replacing Cobra Farm's Gary Biszantz, who was first elected to a one-year term in 2001 and re-elected three successive years.
The Monitoring Committee for the Sales Integrity Program has postponed implementation of the mandatory disclosure of acceptable veterinary practices, the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced Aug. 5.
The monitoring committee for the Sales Integrity Program is taking action to address some consignors' concerns about how the Thoroughbred auction industry will handle the disclosure of invasive joint surgeries and other procedures designed to permanently change a horse's conformation.
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.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced Friday that the Sales Integrity Program has launched its official Web site.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association took no action June 9 on a proposed contract with the Thoroughbred Championship Tour, a proposed series of big-event racing days scheduled to commence in 2006.
The state Assembly approved legislation Thursday to allow the California Horse Racing Board to conduct milkshake testing and allow use of the University of California at Davis as the primary laboratory for all drug analysis for horse racing in the Golden State.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association will consider a proposal April 18 for a contract between owners and jockeys one official said is designed to protect both parties.
The Greatest Game, the Thoroughbred industry program that seeks to expand the scope of horse ownership by attracting and retaining new investors in the sport, will participate in "The Great American Horse Exposition Equine Affaire" at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio, April 7.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association has announced that the 20th National Awards Dinner will be held Sept. 9 at the Kentucky Horse Park.
It's been pretty quiet since the Sales Integrity Task Force released its code of ethics for public Thoroughbred auctions late last year. But that will change beginning with the Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training on Tuesday at Calder Race Course, according to WinStar Farm co-owner Bill Casner, who heads a committee formed to publicize the code of ethics.
By Gary Biszantz - As chairman of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association I feel an obligation to encourage all horsemen to unite and support uniform medication rules for the United States.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association will host a New and Prospective Owners Seminar at Fair Grounds Race Course Feb. 12. The seminar will feature topics on the business of Thoroughbred ownership.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Authority is reviewing a policy submitted by the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association that would outline the guidelines for jockeys to wear advertisements while riding in the state.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced Tuesday that its New and Prospective Owners Seminar will be held at Tampa Bay Downs Jan. 16 and will feature topics on Thoroughbred ownership.
By Ray Paulick - Some unsolicited advice for Cot Campbell, chairman of the Sales Integrity Task Force: Get an unlisted telephone number. Campbell's stewardship of this most difficult issue was inspiring, and his phone soon should be ringing off the hook with inquiries and job offers from scores of failed committees, task forces, and do-nothing organizations within the Thoroughbred world and beyond.
The American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced Wednesday its listing of U.S. graded stakes for 2005, the results of its annual grading session conducted Tuesday in Lexington, Ky.
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