NEWS (WHAT'S NEW)

 


T.I.P. Increases Shows and Offerings in 2017

Lexington, KY - The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) today announced that it will offer awards and classes at more than 1,000 shows in 42 states and six Canadian provinces in 2017. Awards are available for multiple disciplines, including eventing, dressage, Western and English pleasure, hunter/jumper, Western performance, games, polo, and polocrosse. Awards are also available at some events for Thoroughbreds within their first two years of showing or for Thoroughbreds within two years of their last start. More details  http://www.jockeyclub.com/Default.asp?section=Resources&area=10&story=957  (January 20, 2017)

Third Annual Owner Conference Videos Available Online
Lexington, KY - Video presentations from the third Thoroughbred Owner Conference are available at ownerview.com/conference-videos/2016. The videos include the panel presentations, which featured discussions with prominent owners, trainers, jockeys, and other racing industry personalities; and featured a section on Aftercare where one of NATBS horses, Real Gentleman, was featured. The owner conference was held Monday, October 31, 2016, through Wednesday, November 2, 2016, at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. More at http://www.jockeyclub.com/Default.asp?section=Resources&area=10&story=947  (November 15, 2016)

 

Thoroughbred Owner Conference II Concludes, Third Conference Planned

New York, NY - OwnerView’s second Thoroughbred Owner Conference, sponsored by Keeneland Association, the New York Racing Association, The Stronach Group and Woodbine Entertainment Group, concluded today with presentations on a wide range of aspects of Thoroughbred ownership. Approximately 200 people attended the two-day event, including both longtime horse owners and new or prospective owners. “Our first two owner conferences have been very well received, and we thank The Stronach Group for hosting this edition as well as our third conference to be held in November 2016,” said  William M. Lear Jr., vice chairman of The Jockey Club. “Holding the next one during Breeders’ Cup week will allow current and prospective owners to experience the sport of horse racing at one of its finest hours.” More details at http://www.jockeyclub.com/Default.asp?section=Resources&area=10&story=880
(January 13, 2016)

 

Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation Launched Funding for an In-Depth investigation of Exercise Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage (EIPH)

Lexington, KY - Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation had put out a call for more science on EIPH and the use of furosemide to try to mitigate its effects. The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) is playing a prominent role in funding, and Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation has reached out to racetracks to complete the funding. Stressing that the research is not narrowly looking at only one question. Dr. Larry Bramlage, a member of the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation board and AAEP Racing Committee stated, “These projects present an exceptional opportunity to understand more about EIPH than we have ever known.” Details at http://www.jockeyclub.com/Default.asp?section=Resources&area=10&story=850 (September 15, 2015)

 

Round Table Transcripts and Video Replay now Available

New York, NY - Official transcripts and a video replay of The Jockey Club’s 63rd annual Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., are now available at jockeyclub.com. In addition, short video excerpts from three speakers are available on YouTube. Excerpt from remarks by Edwin C. Moses, chairman, USADA, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ALIPyitYA4&feature=youtu.be    Excerpts from remarks by Kentucky Governor Steven L. Beshear https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQx-K-tNtWk&feature=youtu.be   Excerpts from remarks by James L. Gagliano, president and chief operating officer, The Jockey Club, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V32O71Owd2s&feature=youtu.be  The entire press release can be viewed http://www.jockeyclub.com/Default.asp?section=Resources&area=10&story=839 (August 11, 2015)

 

Microchips to Become Requirement for Registration Starting with Foals of 2017

New York, NY - The Jockey Club’s Board of Stewards voted Saturday to change certain provisions of the Principal Rules and Requirements of the American Stud Book and, as a result, microchips will become a requirement for registration for foals of 2017 and later. The microchips will be used in conjunction with official markings to provide an effective means of confirming the identity of Thoroughbreds for the duration of their lives. Microchips are a compulsory component of Thoroughbred registration in several countries including Great Britain, France, Ireland, Australia, South Africa, Germany, Italy, and New Zealand. More details at http://www.jockeyclub.com/Default.asp?section=Resources&area=10&story=836 (August 09, 2015)

 

The Jockey Club Board of Stewards Elects New Chairman, Vice Chairman

New York, NY - The board of stewards of The Jockey Club announced today the election of Stuart S. Janney III as chairman and William M. Lear Jr. as vice chairman. Janney succeeds Ogden Mills Phipps, who served as chairman of The Jockey Club since February 10, 1983. Phipps, who resigned that position today, will become chairman emeritus and will continue to serve on the board of stewards. Ian D. Highet remains as secretary-treasurer. More details at http://www.jockeyclub.com/Default.asp?section=Resources&area=10&story=833 (August 08, 2015)

 

ABR Launches Final Video of Four-Part Series Promoting the
350th Anniversary of Horse Racing in America

New York, NY - America’s Best Racing (ABR), a multi-media fan development and awareness-building platform created and funded by The Jockey Club, today released the fourth video of a four-part series of digital video ads filmed and produced by ABR Films at historic Keeneland (Lexington, Ky.) celebrating the 350th anniversary of the birth of horse racing in America. Episode 4 can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEZ9C2cH-ZQ. Episode 3 can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mU-iWiUQiVQ. Episode 2 can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raiqu059ETk. Episode 1 can be viewed here: http://youtu.be/Wdn6hTt3zxw. More details at http://www.jockeyclub.com/Default.asp?section=Resources&area=10&story=819 (July 06, 2015)

 

ABR Launches Third Video of Four-Part Series Promoting the
350th Anniversary of Horse Racing in America

New York, NY - America’s Best Racing (ABR), a multi-media fan development and awareness-building platform created and funded by The Jockey Club, today released the third video of a four-part series of digital video ads filmed and produced by ABR Films at historic Keeneland (Lexington, Ky.) celebrating the 350th anniversary of the birth of horse racing in America. Episode 3 can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mU-iWiUQiVQ. Episode 2 can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raiqu059ETk. Episode 1 can be viewed here: http://youtu.be/Wdn6hTt3zxw. More details at http://www.jockeyclub.com/Default.asp?section=Resources&area=10&story=815  (June 29, 2015)

 

ABR Launches Second Video of Four-Part Series Promoting the
350th Anniversary of Horse Racing in America

New York, NY - America’s Best Racing (ABR), a multi-media fan development and awareness-building platform created and funded by The Jockey Club, today released the second video of a four-part series of digital video ads filmed and produced by ABR Films at historic Keeneland (Lexington, Ky.) celebrating the 350th anniversary of the birth of horse racing in America. Episode 2 can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raiqu059ETk. Episode 1 can be viewed here: http://youtu.be/Wdn6hTt3zxw. More details at http://www.jockeyclub.com/Default.asp?section=Resources&area=10&story=810  Details http://www.jockeyclub.com/Default.asp?section=Resources&area=10&story=808

(June 22, 2015)

 

ABR Launches First Video of Four-Part Series Promoting the
350th Anniversary of Horse Racing in America

New York, NY - America’s Best Racing (ABR), a multi-media fan development and awareness-building platform funded and developed by The Jockey Club, today announced the launch of a four-part series of digital video ads filmed and produced by ABR Films celebrating the 350th anniversary of the birth of horse racing in America. In 1665, the construction of the Newmarket course in Salisbury, N.Y., a section of what is now known as the Hempstead Plains of Long Island, N.Y., was established. The rest, as they say, is history. America’s history. Episode 1 can be viewed here: youtu.be/Wdn6hTt3zxw.  (June 15, 2015)

 

Phipps to Resign Chairmanship of The Jockey Club

New York, NY - Ogden Mills (Dinny) Phipps, who has served as the chairman of The Jockey Club for the past 32 years, announced today that he will resign his chairmanship, effective Saturday, August 8, 2015. The Jockey Club’s board of stewards will meet on that day, following the annual meeting of the membership. A nominating committee will recommend candidates to succeed Phipps as chairman. The committee consists of three members of The Jockey Club: Fravel (committee chair), Willmott, and D.G. Van Clief Jr. Details at http://www.jockeyclub.com/Default.asp?section=Resources&area=10&story=805 (June 08, 2015)

 

Blood-Horse Magazine Launches Multimedia Tablet Edition

Lexington, KY - Blood-Horse magazine, a staple of the Thoroughbred racing industry since 1916, today unveiled a tablet edition that is available on both iPad and Android devices at no additional cost to subscribers.

The Blood-Horse Magazine app can be downloaded to access a digital version of the weekly magazine that is enhanced with interactive, multimedia features such as race replay videos and slideshows, and supplemented with additional charts and statistics. To begin reading Blood-Horse on a tablet, one can download the free Blood-Horse Magazine app in the Apple Store or on Google Play. Details at http://www.jockeyclub.com/Default.asp?section=Resources&area=10&story=809 (May 29, 2015)

 

The Jockey Club Releases Year-over-Year and Six-Year Summary from Equine Injury Database

Lexington, KY - The Jockey Club today released fatality year-over-year statistics comparing 2013 and 2014 and a six-year summary of statistics collected from the Equine Injury Database. The incidence of fatal injury for 2014, 1.89 per 1,000 starts, was slightly less than it was in 2013. In 2013, it was 1.90 per 1,000 starts. The Equine Injury Database, conceived at the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation’s first Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit, was launched by The Jockey Club in July 2008 and seeks to identify the frequency, types and outcome of racing injuries using a standardized format that generates valid statistics, identify markers for horses at increased risk of injury and serves as a data source for research directed at improving safety and preventing injuries. Details at http://www.jockeyclub.com/Default.asp?section=Resources&area=10&story=781 (March 13, 2015)

 

Foundation Allocates $1.1 Million for Equine Research

New York, NY - The board of directors of Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation has approved a budget of $1,100,500 to fund research in 2015. The budget will fund 10 new projects, seven second-year projects, and two Career Development Awards to encourage young scientists. Also, the budget allows for a special call for more research, which will be announced at a later date. The 2015 funding brings the foundation’s totals since 1983 to 322 projects at 41 universities for an aggregate of $22 million. The 10 new projects address an important range of issues, including laminitis, foal pneumonia, stem cell treatment, stress hormones that affect neurological functions in newborn foals, and equine herpesvirus. More details on the projects are available on the following link: grayson-jockeyclub.org/default.asp?section=2&area=Research&menu=2. Details at http://www.jockeyclub.com/Default.asp?section=Resources&area=10&story=780 (March 11, 2015)

 

2015 Fact Book, State Fact Books Available on The Jockey Club Website

Lexington, KY - The Jockey Club announced today that the 2015 edition of the Fact Book is available in the Resources section of its website at jockeyclub.com. The online Fact Book is a statistical and informational guide to Thoroughbred breeding, racing and auction sales in North America. It also features a directory of state, national and international organizations. Details at http://www.jockeyclub.com/Default.asp?section=Resources&area=10&story=777 (March 02, 2015)

 

Thoroughbred Incentive Program Approves 750 Shows for 2015

Lexington, KY - Created and announced in October 2011, T.I.P. recognizes and rewards the versatility of the Thoroughbred through sponsorship of Thoroughbred classes and high point awards at sanctioned horse shows, performance awards, and non-competition awards. To date, T.I.P. has received more than 10,000 Thoroughbred entries competing for awards. The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) announced today that it has approved awards and classes for nearly 750 shows in 43 states and Canadian provinces during 2015. A full calendar of events is available on the T.I.P. website at tjctip.com. Details at http://www.jockeyclub.com/Default.asp?section=Resources&area=10&story=770  (February 03, 2015)

 

The Jockey Club Releases 2014 Report of Mares Bred Statistics

Lexington, KY - The Jockey Club today released Report of Mares Bred (RMB) statistics for the 2014 breeding season. Based on RMBs received through October 13, 2014, The Jockey Club reports that 1,547 stallions covered 34,540 mares in North America during 2014. The annual statistics represent approximately 92% of the mares that eventually will be reported as bred in 2014. According to historical trends, The Jockey Club expects to receive RMBs representing an additional 2,000 to 3,000 mares bred during the 2014 breeding season. Details at http://www.jockeyclub.com/Default.asp?section=Resources&area=0&story=753  (October 22, 2014)

 

The Jockey Club T.I.P. Program Announces Non-Competition Award Winners

Lexington, KY - The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) today announced the recipients of its two non-competition awards for 2014, the T.I.P. Thoroughbred of the Year Award and the T.I.P. Young Rider of the Year Award. The Thoroughbred of the Year Award recipient is Groomed to Di For, aka Nightwatch, an 18-year-old therapy horse from Untamed Spirit Therapeutic & Education Program in Virginia Beach, Va. He has been a therapy horse for almost three years. The T.I.P. Young Rider of the Year Award, which recognizes a rider 18 or under who owns or leases a Thoroughbred for use in 4-H, Pony Club or other activities, was split among five riders, Chloe Bellerive, Gracie Lukaczer, Mary Kate Moran, Melissa Baumann and Sarah Zube. The entire press release is at http://www.jockeyclub.com/default.asp?section=Resources&story=742 (September 08, 2014)

 

Transcripts, Slides and Video Replay of Round Table Conference Available

Lexington, KY - A video replay, official transcript and PowerPoint presentations from Sunday’s 62nd Annual Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing from Saratoga Springs, N.Y., are now available at jockeyclub.com in the “Resources” section.

The entire press release is at http://www.jockeyclub.com/Default.asp?section=Resources&area=0&story=736  (August 11, 2014)

62nd Annual Round Table Conference Available via Live Video Stream

Lexington, KY - The Jockey Club will provide a live video stream for Sunday’s 62nd Annual Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing from Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The two-hour conference begins at 10 a.m. EDT, and the live video stream will be available at jockeyclub.com. The Round Table Conference agenda will feature Brian Rolapp, the executive vice president of NFL Media and the president and CEO of the NFL Network, who will share insights into the National Football League’s media strategies, and Denis Egan, the chief executive of the Irish Turf Club, who will provide an update on jockey safety and welfare initiatives. The program will also provide updates on medication reform efforts in the United States, a study on equine drug testing and enforcement, an analysis of racing trends and horse inventories, and a report on new fan and owner development initiatives. Transcripts of every Round Table Conference are available in the “Resources” section of The Jockey Club website. The entire press release is at http://www.jockeyclub.com/default.asp?section=Resources&story=732 (August 08, 2014)

Welfare and Safety Summit Available via Live Video Stream

Lexington, KY - The fifth Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit, scheduled to be held on Tuesday, July 8, and Wednesday, July 9, will be streamed live in its entirety at grayson-jockeyclub.org/WelfareSafety/default.asp. (A link to the live stream will be available at jockeyclub.com.) The two-day summit will feature participation from industry leaders including trainer Todd Pletcher, surgeon Dr. Larry Bramlage, and owner Bill Casner. Topics include racetrack surface technologies, the status of the modern Thoroughbred, and an update on the National Uniform Medication Program. The complete agenda for the summit is available at grayson-jockeyclub.org/WelfareSafety/default.asp. The entire press release is at http://www.jockeyclub.com/default.asp?section=Resources&story=723 (July 07, 2014)

 

T.I.P. Performance Awards Enhanced for 2014 Season

Lexington, KY - The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) awards, which are worth more than $8,000, includes ribbons, prize money, leather lead shanks and T.I.P. customized lead ropes. Created and announced in October 2011, T.I.P. recognizes and rewards the versatility of the Thoroughbred through sponsorship of Thoroughbred classes and high point awards at sanctioned horse shows. In addition to the complete schedule of T.I.P.-sponsored shows, other information about the program is also available on the T.I.P. website, tjctip.com. Those interested in T.I.P. can follow the program at facebook.com/tjctip. The entire press release is at http://www.jockeyclub.com/default.asp?section=Resources&story=720 (June 24, 2014)

Agenda set for Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit V

Lexington, KY - The topics to be addressed include racetrack surface technologies, the status of the modern Thoroughbred, the National Uniform Medication Program, advanced horsemanship, the Jockey Injury Database, and how the relationship and interaction among owners, trainers and veterinarians can enhance the wellbeing of Thoroughbreds. The entire press release is at http://www.jockeyclub.com/default.asp?section=Resources&story=718 (June 20, 2014)

 

Our Horses Win Coveted 2013 Year End Awards --- In Dressage of All Things

Fairfield, VA - North American Thoroughbred Society (NATBS) released today 2013 Year End Standings. "While we are proud of all our members' accomplishments, some results at Third and Fourth Levels against all breeds are particularly noteworthy," stated Anita Adamski of North American Thoroughbred Society. For example, among these competitors other year-end winnings: Heidi Gayle and Somethingtoharbor won VADACC Year End Champion Fourth Level  Schooling Show Division, VADACC Year End Reserve Champion Fourth Level Recognized Show Division; Adult Amateur Marilyn Vail and Time Point won CDS High Point Third Level Regional Adult Amateur Championship; Laura Strauch and Exclusively Sunny won PVDA Year End High Point Third Level Junior Rider Award; Adult Amateur Patricia Weston and Embracing Picasso won LVDA Year End High Point First Level Champion; while Junior Rider Cassidy Stobart and Wapato Gold won WAHSET (Washington State High School Equestrian Team) State Champion in Dressage. These results, and more, can be found at http://hellohorse.com/winners-2013.html  (February 25, 2014)

 

More Awards Available for NATBS Members

Fairfield, VA -  North American Thoroughbred Society (NATBS) announced today members approved a motion to both select and order their awards directly from Hodges Badge Company, http://www.hodgesbadge.com. This gives all members the ability to have exactly the recognition they want -- while keeping overall  membership costs down. The motion was approved for past winners as well as those looking forward to 2014 year end results. More details will be announced. Meanwhile, those with concerns may contact Anita Adamski, anita (at) hellohorse (dot) com. (February 25, 2014)

 

Redesigned Jockey Club Website Focuses on Industry Integrity, Aftercare

Lexington, KY -  The Jockey Club's new website prominently features activities relating to aftercare, integrity, safety initiatives and promotion of the sport. “The redesigned site makes it easier for industry leaders, fans, and horse lovers to see what’s being done and find out how they can get involved,” said James L. Gagliano, president and chief operating officer of The Jockey Club. The Jockey Club’s Registry website, registry.jockeyclub.com, has also been redesigned. The entire press release is at http://www.jockeyclub.com/Default.asp?section=Resources&area=0&story=680 (January 08, 2014)

 

T.I.P. Now Offering Performance Awards; Applications for 2014 Shows Available

Lexington, KY - The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.), which encourages the retraining of Thoroughbreds into other disciplines upon completion of careers in racing or breeding, is offering a Performance Award pilot program for the second half of 2013. For more information on the Performance Awards and T.I.P. shows, please visit tjctip.com. The entire press release is at http://www.jockeyclub.com/Default.asp?section=Resources&area=0&story=640  (July 31, 2013)

 

The Jockey Club Amends Rule Book with “Retired from Racing” Clause

New York, NY - “This rule will greatly enhance Thoroughbred aftercare efforts,” said Mike Ziegler, executive director, Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance. “Now, the papers can travel with the Thoroughbred to its second career, making it easier to identify and more appealing to new owners.” Details at http://www.jockeyclub.com/Default.asp?section=Resources&area=0&story=608  (February 27, 2013)

 

The Jockey Club Announces Project to Identify At-Risk Racing Horses

New York, NY - The Jockey Club today announced plans to develop a statistics-based system that would notify track officials and regulatory veterinarians when a horse that has been entered in a race is facing a heightened risk of injury. Using data from the Equine Injury Database, racing officials and regulatory veterinarians would receive automatic notifications from racing office software tools provided by InCompass Solutions Inc. More info can be found at http://www.jockeyclub.com/Default.asp?section=Resources&area=0&story=558 (June 13, 2012)

 

Building Sustainable Growth: Progress Report No. 3 is Released

New York, NY - The Jockey Club and its affiliated companies have been working the past several months to implement various initiatives that were recommended by McKinsey & Company in August 2011 and is distributing periodic updates to keep the industry apprised of its progress. This seven-page synopsis is the third of those updates. Media outlets are welcome to use this information in any coverage. Find all three reports here http://www.jockeyclub.com/Default.asp?section=Resources&area=0&story=552 May 11, 2012

 

The Jockey Club and TOBA Launch Advocacy Website for Medication Reform

New York, NY - The Jockey Club and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA) today announced the launch of an advocacy website, cleanhorseracing.org, that is dedicated to the reform of medication rules. “More than 75 percent of TOBA members support a measured phase-out of race-day medication,” said Dan Metzger, president of TOBA. More info can be found at http://www.jockeyclub.com/Default.asp?section=Resources&area=0&story=551 (May 10, 2012)

 

MidAtlantic Horse Rescue All Thoroughbred Benefit Horse Show

Chesapeake City, MD - The All Thoroughbred Benefit Horse Show will take place Saturday, June 2 at Heavenly Waters Park, Bel Air, MD. Classes for everyone: children, adults, green horses, seasoned horses, hunters, jumpers, in hand, pleasure, leadline, western, and an event division. More info can be found at http://www.midatlantichorserescue.org/index.html (April 07, 2012)

 

"All" Horses Benefit From Leighton Farm Clinic Series To Benefit Thoroughbreds

Upper Marlboro, MD - Leighton Farm is sponsoring a clinic series to benefit Thoroughbred Placement Resources, Inc. They will focus on a variety of topics and disciplines with emphasis on the riding and training of Thoroughbreds or horses with Thoroughbred blood. There will be both mounted and unmounted clinics and horses will not be limited to ex-racers. Auditors will be welcome at the mounted clinics. Details at: http://www.leightonfarm.com/Events_Clinics.html (April 07, 2012)

 

Retraining 101 at Laurel Park and Pimlico

Upper Marlboro, MD - This Leighton Farm Clinic Series is unmounted and will take place at racetracks on Saturday, April 21 (Laurel Park) and Saturday, May 12 (Pimlico). We'll meet trackside in front of the grandstand at 8 a.m until 11 a.m. You are invited to come and see how racehorses are trained and ridden at the track. This will lend valuable insight into the foundation the off track Thoroughbred already has. Kimberly Clark will be there to answer questions and riders and trainers will be available for Q & A sessions. You'll be able to watch them ride and then ask them specific questions about it. The cost is $25 donation to Thoroughbred Placement Resources, Inc. Details at: http://www.leightonfarm.com/Events_Clinics.html (April 07, 2012)

 

Galloping Clinic: Lots of People Wish They Knew How

Upper Marlboro, MD - Leighton Farm welcomes you to learn or perfect your galloping skills on the state of the art 3/4-mile Ameritrack at The Carousel Stables in Berryville, Virginia on Saturday, June 16, 2012. Clinicians Michael and Diana McClure Cooney will instruct. Michael is a steeplechase jockey who won many major races including the International Gold Cup. Diana competed on the mid-Atlantic "A" hunter/jumper circuit for 10 years. For the past 26 she has focused her attention on breaking and training flat and steeplechase horses. Diana currently serves as secretary on the Board of the Virginia Horseman's Benevolent Protective Association (HBPA) where she has developed an internship program called "Kids to Colonial" at the Colonial Downs Race Meet, for teenagers interested in horse racing. Visit their site www.thecarouselstable.com to find out more. The cost is $75 per horse for mounted, auditors are welcome at a cost of $10. Part of the proceeds goes to Thoroughbred Placement Resources, Inc. Details at: http://www.leightonfarm.com/Events_Clinics.html (April 07, 2012)

 

2012 Thoroughbred Show Series at Del Mar Showpark

Toluca Lake, CA - After the Finish Line has teamed up with the Del Sol Classic to offer a Thoroughbred Series at Del Mar Show Park to promote off the track Thoroughbreds in second careers as Hunters and Jumpers. The shows are held March 31-April 1, August 15-16 and September 29-30. Thoroughbred series entry forms and guidelines are available at www.delsolclassic.com. (April 04, 2012)

 

New Owner Profile Pages Introduced on equibase.com

New York, NY -  Equibase Company LLC has introduced Owner Profile pages in the Stats Central section on equibase.com. Owner names listed throughout equibase.com will now include links that will take the user to that owner’s or partnership’s specific stat profile page. The owner profiles are also searchable from 2010 to present and provide current year statistics as well as entry and result information. The Owner Profile pages will also complement Thoroughbred OwnerView, a free website being developed by The Jockey Club to encourage ownership of Thoroughbreds. Set to launch this month, Thoroughbred OwnerView will include detailed information on trainers, public racing syndicates, racehorse retirement and owner licensing. The complete press release is at http://www.jockeyclub.com/mediaCenter.asp?story=548 (April 04, 2012)

 

The Jockey Club Unveils Updated Version of Reformed Racing Medication Rules

New York, NY - The Jockey Club today released an updated version of the Reformed Racing Medication Rules that features a new categorization of medications, more clearly defined regulatory limits and dramatically remodeled penalties. “It creates a new enforcement scheme with far stiffer penalties and deterrents for repeat offenders,” said James L. Gagliano, president and chief operating officer of The Jockey Club. Click here to view the rules, http://jockeyclub.com/pdfs/reformed_rules.pdf The complete press release is at http://jockeyclub.com/mediaCenter.asp?story=547 (March 30, 2012)

 

The Jockey Club: Building Sustainable Growth, Progress Report No. 2

New York, NY - The Jockey Club and its affiliated companies have been working the past several months to implement various initiatives that were recommended by McKinsey & Company in August, 2011. The Jockey Club is distributing periodic updates to keep the industry apprised of its progress: Progress Report 2 (March 8, 2012) can be found at http://jockeyclub.com/pdfs/Progress_Report_2.pdf Progress Report 1 (February 1, 2012) can be found at http://jockeyclub.com/pdfs/Progress_Report_1.pdf This complete press release is at http://jockeyclub.com/mediaCenter.asp?story=542 (March 08, 2012)

 

Online Fact Book Available on The Jockey Club Website

New York, NY - The Jockey Club announced today that the 2012 edition of the Online Fact Book is available within the Publications & Resources section of its website at jockeyclub.com. The Online Fact Book is a statistical and informational guide to Thoroughbred breeding, racing and auction sales in North America and includes some state and provincial analysis. Also available are state fact books, which feature detailed breeding, racing and auction sales information specific to numerous states and Canadian provinces. The state fact books are updated monthly. The print edition of the 2012 Fact Book will be published in April. The complete press release is at http://jockeyclub.com/mediaCenter.asp?story=541 (March 06, 2012)

 

Thoroughbred Incentive Program Approves 167 Shows, Launches New, Searchable Website

New York, NY - Created and announced in October 2011, Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) recognizes and rewards the versatility of the Thoroughbred through sponsorship of Thoroughbred classes and high point awards at sanctioned horse shows. The Jockey Club has committed $100,000 to T.I.P for the pilot program in 2012. In total, more than 4,000 ribbons and 500 prizes will be available for Thoroughbreds in horse shows across the country, with the winning Thoroughbreds receiving cash prizes, T.I.P. logo saddle pads and ribbons. More details are at www.tjctip.com Those interested in T.I.P. can follow the program at facebook.com/tjctip. (February 28, 2012)

 

Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance is Launched

New York, NY - A broad-based group of Thoroughbred industry stakeholders announced today the establishment of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) an organization for Thoroughbreds following the conclusion of their racing careers and a fundraising body to support these approved facilities. The TAA will accredit aftercare facilities based on a Code of Standards covering operations, education, horse management, facility services and adoption policies. Simultaneously, the TAA will raise funds. The TAA, a 501 (c) (6) non-profit organization with a 501 (c) (3) subsidiary, will fill out its staff and provide additional updates in the coming months. The TAA offices will be based in Lexington, Ky. (February 28, 2012)

 

Coopersmith and Lord Kenmer: North American Thoroughbred Society Members Also Won Rood & Riddle Awards

Madison, NJ - The 2011 winners of the Rood & Riddle Thoroughbred Sport Horse Awards were honored on January 12 at the United States Equestrian Federation’s annual meeting in Cincinnati. The Sport Horse Awards are given to off-the-track Thoroughbreds in their second careers as performance horses in jumper, hunter, eventing and dressage competitions. 2011 Rookie Dressage Division: Coopersmith by Pleasant Tap out of Sunny’s Clipper; owned by Ashlee Watts of New York. Open Dressage Division: Lord Kenmer by Lord Avie out of Search for Reality; owned by Shari Wolke of Michigan. (January 14, 2012)

 

A New Charitable Organization Devoted to Increasing Demand for Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses Has Been Launched

Davidsonville, MD - A group of sport horse and racing enthusiasts announced this week creation of the Retired Racehorse Training Project (RRTP), a charitable organization whose mission is to increase demand for Thoroughbred ex-racehorses through public education and promotion. "We received our 501(c) (3) status from the IRS last spring, and have been working since then to build an interactive web site that provides the tools to help us fulfill our mission," said the group's founder Steuart Pittman, an event rider who operates Dodon Farm in Maryland. RRTP details can be found at www.retiredracehorsetraining.org (December 12, 2011)

 

The Jockey Club Launches Incentive Program for Thoroughbred Sport Horses

New York, NY - The Jockey Club today announced the launch of the Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.), which will recognize and reward the versatility of the Thoroughbred through sponsorship of Thoroughbred classes and high point awards at locally, nationally or internationally sanctioned horse shows. The Jockey Club has committed $100,000 to the Thoroughbred Incentive Program for a pilot program in 2012. Sponsorships are available for a variety of disciplines, including eventing, dressage, hunters, jumpers and western and English pleasure, and will include ribbons, prizes and in some cases, purse money. In addition, Thoroughbred Incentive Program will also offer two annual awards in 2012: The T.I.P. Thoroughbred of the Year Award and The T.I.P. Young Rider of the Year Award. More details are at www.tjctip.com (October 14, 2011)

 

Enhancement to "Thoroughbred Connect" Announced by The Jockey Club

New York, NY - The Jockey Club announced today an enhancement to Thoroughbred Connect™, the organization’s online resource for rehoming Thoroughbreds at the conclusion of their racing or breeding careers. Under this new feature, persons in possession of Thoroughbreds in need of aftercare can now list those horses publicly on thoroughbredconnect.com. Those willing to provide assistance for a Thoroughbred appearing on the list may request their contact information be sent automatically to the person in possession of the horse. Since its introduction in May 2011, more than 830 Registry customers have signed up to use the service, and over 1,700 horses have been enrolled. To raise further awareness and use of the service, The Jockey Club has added the Thoroughbred Connect logo and website address on the back of the Certificate of Foal Registration. More details are at http://www.jockeyclub.com/mediaCenter.asp?story=519 Editor's note: The press release announcing the initial program launch on May 16, 2011, is at http://www.jockeyclub.com/mediaCenter.asp?story=490 (September 27, 2011)

 

Equineline Reports Now Accessible from Mobile Devices

New York, NY - Industry professionals can now access detailed racing, breeding and pedigree information on their mobile devices, it was announced today by Carl Hamilton, chairman and CEO of The Jockey Club Information Systems (TJCIS). The mobile site, which was launched last year with free five-cross Thoroughbred pedigrees, now also offers for purchase the following Equineline reports: Lifetime Starts in Past Performance Format , Tabulated Race Record with Lifetime Starts, Mare’s Produce Record with Tabulated Race Records, Premium Edited Catalogue Style Pedigree, and the Unedited 2 Dam Catalogue Style Pedigree. Mobile.equineline.com has been optimized for modern smartphone technology and is also accessible by going to equineline.com on any mobile device. The complete story is at http://www.jockeyclub.com/mediaCenter.asp?story=516 (August 30, 2011)

 

The Jockey Club Commits Five Years of Funding Towards Sustainable Growth for Thoroughbred Racing and Breeding

New York, NY - At this morning’s Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., The Jockey Club’s President and Chief Operating Officer James L. Gagliano announced that the organization’s board of stewards has committed funding over the next five years to implement many of the wide-ranging recommendations contained in the major industry study entitled, “Driving Sustainable Growth for Thoroughbred Racing and Breeding.” The nine recommendations outlined in the study focus on: Increased television coverage; Free-to-play website; Fewer, better races and better scheduling to increase field size and showcase the best product ; Creation of a social game; Innovative wagering platforms; Track-integrated ADW; Racing integrity reforms; Encouragement of ownership through greater transparency; as well as dissemination of best practices from tracks around the country. The complete press release is at http://www.jockeyclub.com/mediaCenter.asp?story=513 (August 14, 2011)

 

Contributions to Retirement Checkoff Program Now Tax Deductible

New York, NY - Contributions by owners and breeders to The Jockey Club’s retirement checkoff program in support of Thoroughbred aftercare now qualify as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes, it was announced today by The Jockey Club’s President and Chief Operating Officer James L. Gagliano. The retirement checkoff program was implemented in 2009 with proceeds benefiting the retirement, retraining and adoption efforts of Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) and the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF). Proceeds are directed specifically to TCA’s Thoroughbred re-training and adoption initiatives and to TRF’s vocational training programs with retired Thoroughbreds at correctional facilities. The retirement checkoff program is administered by The Jockey Club: Thoroughbred owners and breeders have the option of selecting one of four amounts ($25, $50, $75, or $100) or they can fill in the amount of their choice on the Application for Foal Registration form. The complete press release is at http://www.jockeyclub.com/mediaCenter.asp?story=498 (July 11, 2011)

 

Thoroughbred Connect Assists in Placement of Horses

New York, NY - The Jockey Club today announced the launch of Thoroughbred Connect™, a free online service designed to assist with placement of Thoroughbreds following the conclusion of their racing or breeding careers. Here customers can express their willingness to be contacted by the possessor of a horse in the event the horse is in need of placement. Similarly, a person who is seeking placement for a Thoroughbred in his possession can log into Thoroughbred Connect. "Thoroughbred Connect is a natural extension of our ongoing effort to enhance the safety and welfare of Thoroughbreds and leverages our database and easy-to-use technology platform,” James L. Gagliano, President & Chief Operating Officer of The Jockey Club, said. Thoroughbred Connect is accessible directly at thoroughbredconnect.com, with information also available at registry.jockeyclub.com. The complete press release is at http://www.jockeyclub.com/mediaCenter.asp?story=490 (May 16, 2011)

 

Medications on Race Day: A Statement from The Jockey Club

New York, NY - James L. Gagliano, President & Chief Operating Officer of The Jockey Club, stated today the elimination of race-day medication is essential to achieving optimal stewardship of the horse, the sport, the public perception and confidence, and the business of Thoroughbred racing. The Jockey Club welcomes the fresh opportunity, created by the current attention to furosemide, to steer back to a more proper path and urge the development of a comprehensive plan to phase in reforms, including medication-free competition.The complete statement can be found at http://www.jockeyclub.com/mediaCenter.asp?story=489

(April 28, 2011)

 

The Jockey Club Launches App for the iPhone

New York, NY - Thoroughbred owners and breeders can now use the camera within their iPhones to take and submit identification photos for foal registration. In addition to facilitating the photo requirement for registration, the app links to Registry mobile, where customers can access the Online Names Book, the list of recently released names and tattoo lookup. The Jockey Club Registry app can be downloaded for free from the iTunes store at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-jockey-club-registry/id415303226?mt=8. A version for the Android operating system is scheduled for release later this year. The complete press release is at http://www.jockeyclub.com/mediaCenter.asp?story=480  (February 01, 2011)

 

State Fact Books Launched on The Jockey Club's Website

New York, NY - The Jockey Club has published a Fact Book for the past 20 years as a statistical guide to the Thoroughbred industry in North America and is now, for the first time, making available state fact books as online statistical guides to the Thoroughbred industry in 33 states and Canadian provinces. The state fact books, available at no charge within the Publications and Resources section of jockeyclub.com, provide more in-depth state and provincial Thoroughbred information than is available in the Fact Book and Online Fact Book. Each PDF book contains sections devoted to breeding, racing and auction sales, with data provided by The Jockey Club, The Jockey Club Information Systems and Equibase Company. The complete press release is at http://www.jockeyclub.com/mediaCenter.asp?story=452 (September 01, 2010)

 

The Jockey Club Safety Committee Announces New Recommendations

New York, NY - The Jockey Club’s Thoroughbred Safety Committee, formed in May 2008 to review every facet of equine health and to formulate recommended actions to be taken by the industry to improve health and safety in Thoroughbred racing, issued four new recommendations Sunday at the 58th annual Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The new recommendations pertain to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), drug testing and laboratory standards, pre-race inspections and the Rider Accident Database. Copies of the entire text of the four new recommendations are available at jockeyclub.com/tsc.asp . The complete press release is at http://www.jockeyclub.com/mediaCenter.asp?story=449 (August 22, 2010)

 

Share Your Ideas About Thoroughbred Racing's Future

We are blessed with an industry that can appeal to children and adults, the rich and the poor, and people from every culture in the world. We all have ideas about how to bring our game back to the forefront of sports and entertainment, and you are innviited to share your ideas at Racingfuture.com. Ideas are welcome from people who represent every segment of our industry, and from people who may not have had a chance to have their voices heard. (July 15, 2010)

 

Kentucky Horse Park’s First Thoroughbred Hunter Division a Great Success

Hilliard, Ohio - New Vocation’s goal to draw retired racehorses back into the show ring is off to a great start after the Kentucky Horse Park’s Country Heir Horse Show on June 17th and 18th .  “It was definitely a success and we were very impressed wsith the turnout,” shared Anna Ford, New Vocations program director. “Many of the trainers and exhibitors openly shared their appreciation of having a division for the Thoroughbreds.”  More Thoroughbred classes will be held on July 11 at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Robert Murphy Horse Show.  There will be a $2,500 Thoroughbred Mini Prix sponsored by Castleton Lyons and a $2,500 Thoroughbred Hunter Classic sponsored by the NTRA and National HBPA friends of New Vocations. The event is open to the public and all interested are encouraged to come and watch.  For more information please visit www.horseadoption.com (July 01, 2010)

 

The Jockey Club Has Enhanced its Free Tattoo Identification Services by Adding Access to the Auction Sales History of Identified Thoroughbreds

New York, NY - Tattoo Identification Services was launched in April 2009 to help owners identify tattooed but unknown Thoroughbreds in their possession, and it has been visited more than 200,000 times since then. A link is now provided to the equineline.com Free Auction Results Search for the identified horse so that an individual can view public sales results, including the last purchaser at auction, as an aid in researching the horse’s history. Links to a five-generation pedigree from equineline.com and to racing information from equibase.com are also provided. "Adding the auction sales history provides additional information to potential owners of off-the- track Thoroughbreds and to all of the re-training and retirement groups that provide post-racing care for Thoroughbreds,” said Andrew Chesser, customer service coordinator for The Jockey Club. “We have worked closely with these groups in developing and enhancing Tattoo Identification Services, and we will continue to communicate with them and seek additional ways to assist them in their efforts.” Comprehensive information on Tattoo Identification Services is available at jockeyclub.com and registry.jockeyclub.com. The complete press release can be found at http://www.jockeyclub.com/mediaCenter.asp?story=429 (June 15, 2010)

 

15 New Equine Projects Launched by Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation

New York, NY - Fifteen new research projects to benefit the horse will be launched this year through funding from the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation. In addition, four other projects begun in 2009 will be funded in their second and concluding year, with a total allocation of $889,697 for the 19 projects. The new projects will address a wide range of problems and conditions that affect a large number of horses: validating a laboratory process for evaluating racetrack materials with the aim of maximizing safety; analyzing the effects on horses’ hooves of different degrees of racetrack banking; equine herpesvirus-1, bone regeneration utilizing adult stem cells, protection against endotoxemia, equine botulism, and early fetal loss. Descriptions of the new projects are available on the foundation’s website, grayson-jockeyclub.org. The complete press release, this is a short exerpt, is available at jockeyclub.com.  http://www.jockeyclub.com/mediaCenter.asp?story=416 (March 19, 2010)

 

Online Fact Book Available on The Jockey Club's Website

New York, NY - The Jockey Club’s 2010 Online Fact Book, published annually as a statistical and informational guide to the North American Thoroughbred industry, was released today on the organization’s website at jockeyclub.com. The 20th edition of the printed version will be published and distributed in early May. The Online Fact Book includes state-by-state analysis and multi-year reports. Statistics in the Breeding section, which by their very nature change constantly, are updated regularly. A printer-friendly page option on all pages in the Breeding, Racing and Sales sections condenses the width of the online page so that it can be printed in a “portrait” format. The Jockey Club, founded in 1894 and dedicated to the improvement of Thoroughbred breeding and racing, is the breed registry for North American Thoroughbreds. In fulfillment of its mission, The Jockey Club provides support and leadership on a wide range of important industry initiatives and it serves the information and technology needs of owners, breeders, media, fans and farms, among others. Additional information is available at jockeyclub.com.  http://www.jockeyclub.com/mediaCenter.asp?story=413 (March 02, 2010)

 

New Horse Search Feature on Equibase.com Will Serve Horseplayers and Potential OTTB Owners

New York, NY - "This latest innovation on equibase.com will undoubtedly enhance the user experience for serious horseplayers and casual fans alike," said Alan Marzelli, chairman of Equibase Company. "It is also a perfect complement to The Jockey Club's free Tattoo Identification Services and will serve as a valuable tool for potential owners who are considering retraining and second careers for off-the-track Thoroughbreds (OTTBs)." The complete press release can be found at   http://www.jockeyclub.com/mediaCenter.asp?story=400   (October 27, 2009)

 

Industry Groups Announce Pledges to Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation

New York, NY - The New York Racing Association (NYRA) and many members of the Jockeys' Guild who ride at its three racetracks, along with the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association (NYTHA) and The Jockey Club, have jointly pledged more than $100,000 in financial support in 2009 to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF), which provides humane retirement options for Thoroughbreds at the end of their racing careers, it was announced today. The complete press release is at   http://www.jockeyclub.com/mediaCenter.asp?story=380 (July 09, 2009)

 

The Jockey Club Adds Access to Markings to Enhance Free Tattoo Identification Services

New York, NY - The Jockey Club announced today that it has enhanced its free Tattoo Identification Services by adding access to its markings database to the tattoo research module. The new features will enable customers to obtain potential matches of registered Thoroughbreds based upon identification characteristics they supply. Official markings of possible matching Thoroughbreds are returned for comparison to the horse in question.   Comprehensive information on Tattoo Identification Services is available at www.jockeyclub.com and www.registry.jockeyclub.com . The complete press release is at http://www.jockeyclub.com/mediaCenter.asp?story=378   (July 01, 2009)

 

The Jockey Club Now Provides Free Tattoo Identification Services

New York, NY - The Jockey Club announced today that it has established Tattoo Identification Services, a free resource to help owners identify tattooed but unknown Thoroughbreds in their possession. For legible tattoos, an owner can use a free tattoo lookup feature available from The Jockey Club's website, www.jockeyclub.com, and the Registry homepage, www.registry.jockeyclub.com. For illegible tattoos or partial tattoos, customer service representatives from the Registry will provide free research of a Thoroughbred's identity using the information contained in The Jockey Club's database, including color, markings, and photographs. "We hope that Tattoo Identification Services will be a valuable tool for individuals and organizations seeking to retire, re-train and find suitable homes for Thoroughbred racehorses when their racing careers are over," said Matt Iuliano, vice president of registration services for The Jockey Club. The complete press release can be found http://www.jockeyclub.com/mediaCenter.asp?story=367 (April 15, 2009)

 

NATBS Launches Annual USEA Performance Awards

Madison, NJ - This award program recognizes the achievements of NATBS member Thoroughbreds competing at USEA-recognized competitions. Performance data will be provided to NATBS by the USEA, and awards will be given in the following categories: Beginner Novice: Junior Rider, Young Rider, Adult, Adult Amateur. Novice: Junior Rider, Young Rider, Adult, Adult Amateur. Training: Junior Rider, Young Rider, Adult, Adult Amateur. Prelim: Young Rider, Adult, Adult Amateur. Intermediate: Young Rider, Adult, Adult Amateur. Advanced: Young Rider, Adult, Adult Amateur. NATBS awards will adhere to the official USEA competition year, which runs from December through November. All award specifications are in accordance with the USEA National Year-end Awards criteria. Results will be posted both on www.useventing.com   and at www.hellohorse.com by December 31, 2009. NATBS standings will also appear in the USEA Eventing USA magazine's awards issue. Certificates will be mailed end of January. For more info see the AWARDS OFFERED page on this website. (March 09, 2009)

 

Sponsor to Fellow NATBS Member Offers Discounts to You and Your Friends

In addition to sponsoring competitor and USEA Certified Instructor Sally Buffington, Neddys is offering a 40% discount on their already wonderful pricing and quality products. The discount code for riding breeches and apparel is SALLY09 . This code will enable the purchaser to a 40% discount off all purchases for all of 2009. The website is www.neddys.com (January 31, 2009)

 

Charles Town Races and Slots Provides Grant to CANTER Mid Atlantic Chapter

Charles Town, W.VA - Off the track Thoroughbreds will now benefit from a financial grant whereby more can be funded for rehabiliation and retrained for second careers. Currently CANTER Mid Atlantic is caring for 24 ex-racers. It is expected the grant will enable this facility to care for an additional 15 to 20 horses per year. To find an ex-racehorse, volunteer, or to make a donation to CANTER, visit canterusa.org (January 19, 2009)

 

Rasmuson Recognizes OTTBs Participating in 2009 USDF All Breeds

Bordentown, NJ - Off the track Thoroughbreds with North American Thoroughbred Society in the USDF All Breeds Program are automatically eligible for Lisa Rasmuson's Hell's Angel Off the Track Thoroughbred Award. Overall High Score Champion and Reserve Champion ribbons will be directly distributed by Rasmuson to US-bred Thoroughbreds who raced at least one time in any country. Median High Score Results will be taken from USDF records, and, because of the increased difficulty in each higher level of dressage, a weighted advantage will be added to determine Champion and Reserve: Training Level, no additional points; First Level, 1 point; Second Level, 2 points; Third Level 3 points; Fourth Level 4 points; FEI Level 5 points. For additional information, please contact Lisa Rasmuson at lrasmuson@comcast.net . (January 4, 2009)

 

Grant For Dressage Education Offered To OTTBs

Bordentown, NJ - Adult amateur riders of off the track Thoroughbreds are encouraged to apply for the fourth annual 2009 Hell's Angel Off the Track Thoroughbred Grant in Education. The grant is for $250.00 and is to be used for dressage lessons. Application deadline is November 08, 2009, and the recipient will be announced by January 31, 2010. For application (click here) inquiries or for additional information, please contact Lisa Rasmuson at lrasmuson@comcast.net . The grant is available to amateurs over age 25 in any USA region, to a US-bred Thoroughbred who raced at least one time in any country. (December 14, 2008)

 

The Jockey Club To Benefit Ex-Racehorses

New York, NY - When Thoroughbred owners and breeders in North America submit their foal registration applications on or after Jan. 1, 2009, they will be able to participate in a voluntary checkoff program, created and administered by The Jockey Club, which will assist two organizations, Thoroughbred Charities of America and Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation. As an incentive to encourage participation, The Jockey Club will match the checkoff on a dollar-to-dollar basis up to $200,000 in 2009. Checkoff proceeds and matching funds will be distributed to Thoroughbred Charities of America and Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation. The matching funds will come from The Jockey Club's four commercial subsidiaries: The Jockey Club Information Systems Inc.; The Jockey Club Technology Services Inc.; InCompass Solutions Inc.; and The Jockey Club Racing Services Inc. Originally published by Blood-Horse, the complete article can be found at http://www.thehorse.com//ViewArticle.aspxID=13070&eID=89261 (November 10 2008)

 

CANTER Opens New Chapter at Mountaineer Racetrack in West Virginia

Chester, W.VA - The Communication Alliance To Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses, known as CANTER, will offer a new chapter at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort of Chester, W.Va. This program offers a free horse sale listing service to trainers and owners looking to sell racehorses too slow to run, or otherwise ready to retire from the track. CANTER will be contacting trainers to list and photograph horses for sale. Rachael Paris, director of volunteers for the Mountaineer Canter Chapter, can be contacted at 304/564-5958 should anyone wish to list their horses. Mountaineer horses available for sale or placement will be now available to the general public at canterusa.org. To find an ex-racehorse, volunteer, or to make a donation, visit canterusa.org (November 10, 2008)

 

Thoroughbred Adoption Database Launched For FREE Horses

Lexington, KY - Bloodhorse.com and TheHorse.com are teaming up to bring Thoroughbreds in need of homes to the attention of hundreds of thousands of horse owners across the United States. With the Thoroughbred Adoption Services, any registered Thoroughbred, of any age, is eligible to be placed on this database of FREE horses. The database will be housed on TheHorse.com and will be promoted in the Thoroughbred industry by The Blood-Horse and Bloodhorse.com in the pleasure horse and sport horse industries. Please visit TheHorse.com were you can visit Add A Horse to add a horse or Horses Available to view horses seeking new homes. In addition, BloodHorse.com offers an online directory of welfare and rescue organizations, as does the Unwanted horse Coalition. For complete information please visit http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspxID=1300 (October 31, 2008)

 

Round Table to Spotlight Thoroughbred Safety, Transcript Will Be Available

New York, NY - The Jockey Club's Thoroughbred Safety Committee, which in June issued its initial recommendations calling for the elimination of steroids in race training and racing, a ban on toe grabs and a series of whip-related reforms, will provide an update on its activities and announce additional recommendations when The Jockey Club's 56th annual Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing convenes Sunday, August 17, at the Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The program will be devoted almost exclusively to equine health and safety, medication and Thoroughbred breeding.The Jockey Club Round Table Conference was first held on July 1, 1953, in The Jockey Club office in New York City. The following year, it was moved to Saratoga Springs, N.Y., where it has been held every August since.  A transcript of the Round Table Conference will be available on The Jockey Club's website a few days after the event. The website is located at http://www.jockeyclub.com (July 30, 2008)

 

The Jockey Club Announces Launch of Equine Injury Database

New York, NY - The Jockey Club today announced the launch of the Equine Injury Database system that will provide the racing industry with its first national database of racing injuries. The Equine Injury Database grew out of a proposal first put forth at the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit in Lexington, KY., in October 2006. Alan Marzelli, president of The Jockey Club, said, "The Jockey Club has devoted significant financial resources and technological expertise to the project from concept to implementation in order to ensure that the Equine Injury Database became a reality.

The Equine Injury Database software module that enables racetracks and racing organizations to participate in the program will be provided free of charge. The Jockey Club, through two of its for-profit subsidiary companies, InCompass Solutions Inc. and The Jockey Club Technology Services Inc., will underwrite the cost of operating the system going forward as a service to the industry." For more details, please visit   http://www.jockeyclub.com/mediaCenter.asp?story=339 (July 22, 2008)

 

Ex-racer Poggio II Competing For USA Eventing at Olympics Hong Kong

Duvall, WA - US-bred e-xracer and ex-pack horse Poggio II is headed to the Olympics again. Together he and Amy Tryon won the Team Bronze Medal at the Athens Olympics 2004; Individual Bronze at the World Equestrian Games, Aachen 2006; and in 2006 Poggio II was named Chronicle of the Horse Eventing Horse of the Year. The US Olympic Committee recently announced it has reduced its grant to each horse and rider combination selected to compete in the Olympics by a whopping 78%! This reduced grant can only cover a very small portion of Amy’s and Poggio's costs of training, traveling, and the transportation on their journey to the Olympics. If you wish to help, and no donation is too small, please donate to either AHTF or Amy Tryon directly. American Horse Trials Foundation (AHTF) is a 501 (C) (3) non-profit tax-exempt corporation. All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Federal ID 52-1495923. The AHTF will disburse 92% of your donations toward Amy’s travel and training expenses. Make check payable to: American Horse Trials Foundation. PLEASE DO NOT PUT AMY’S NAME ANYWHERE ON THIS CHECK. Then mail to: Team Tryon, 12201 308th Ave. NE, Duvall, WA 98019. Or donate to Amy Tryon directly, with the check payable to Amy Tryon: Team Tryon, 12201 308th Ave. NE, Duvall, WA 98019. (July 10, 2008)

 

"Beyond the Track" Retraining Guide Is Available

Hilliard, OH - Author Anna Morgan Ford grew up deeply immersed in racing and showing horses. For the past seven years she has been the Program Director for New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program (www.horseadoption.com). During that time she has overseen the training and adoption of over 1,000 retired racehorses. "Beyond the Track" by Anna Ford is breakthrough racehorse literature, concisely covering every facet of what to expect and how to get the most out of your off-the-track Thoroughbred (OTTB), both mentally and physically. "I consider this book the ultimate in training manuals for anyone thinking about adopting an ex-racehorse," writes Liz Harris, Executive Director, Thoroughbred Charities of America. "A great book where very loving, caring people teach others how to share love with a horse, give him new opportunities, and bring out the best in both horse and rider. It is necessary to learn to handle Thoroughbreds the right way, and the author does a great job explaining detail," notes Edgar Prado, Jockey, winner of over 6,000 races and the 2006 Eclipse Award. With a foreword by Karen O'Connor, and endorsements by Nick Zito, this is one book to have in your pocket. A portion of the proceeds from sales goes to support the New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program. For more info and how to order visit www.horseandriderbooks.com (June 23, 2008)

 

Hunters, Jumpers and Dressage Riders Welcome at New Vocations Charity Show July 19 - 20, 2008

Hilliard, OH - New Vocations Charity Horse Show will be held at the Delaware County Fairgrounds at 236 Pennsylvania Avenue , Delaware, OH. There will be a Dressage and Hunter show on Saturday and a Hunter/Jumper show on Sunday. Open to all breeds (points earned in open classes can be applied to North American Series Awards), there will be nice prizes for all the Thoroughbred classes and special prizes for all divisions. Prize List and additional information can be found at http://horseadoption.com/new-vocations-charity-show-july-19-20-2008 (June 23, 2008)

 

North American Thoroughbred Society Survey Yields Results

Madison, NJ - In a move to gather more information about how Thoroughbreds are being used outside of racing, the North American Thoroughbred Society (NATBS) conducted a short survey designed to elicit feedback from Thoroughbred owners. The data will help the company plan events, tailor its educational offerings, and build community among its members. Among the results: 69% want recognition for their horse; 38% want recognition for the rider; 56% ask for Thoroughbred-only horse shows, classes or competitions; and 49% would like news and stories about other people and their Thoroughbreds. (June 03, 2008)

 

USEF Names Paralympic Team for Hong Kong

Lexington, KY - Five horse and rider combinations will represent the United States on September 7-11 following the Olympic Games in Hong Kong. The Paralympic dressage combination includes Keith Newerla, 25, of King of Prussia, Pa., with Walk On The Moon, an 11-yr-old thoroughbred gelding owned by David O’Connor. Currently, the United States is ranked fourth in the world [in Paralympic dressage],” said Pam Lane, USEF Director of Para Equestrian and Vaulting. “Everyone is very excited about representing the United States in Hong Kong.” (May 15, 2008)

 

National Award Recognition Available For Local Show Competitors

Madison, NJ - North American Thoroughbred Society is aware competitors may be cutting back, due to an uncertian economy and high gas prices, on attending nationally recognized shows that cost $500-$900 each. NATBS did officially launch in January 2008 a national program that rewards competitors attending local shows. For more information, check out the North American Series Awards found in the Rulebook and on the Programs & Prize List page. Questions or comments should be directed to info@hellohorse.com. (May 12, 2008)

 

Grant For Dressage Education Offered To OTTBs

Bordentown, NJ - Adult amateur riders of off the track Thoroughbreds are encouraged to apply for the third annual 2008 Hell's Angel Off the Track Thoroughbred Grant in Education. The grant is for $250.00 and is to be used for dressage lessons. Please be aware the application deadline is November 08, 2008, and the recipient will be announced by January 31, 2009. For an application and further information, please contact Lisa Rasmuson at lrasmuson@comcast.net . The grant is available to adult amateurs over age 25 in any US Dressage Federation region. (May 10, 2008)

 

All Things Horses Photography Show

Fort Collins, CO - The Center for Fine Art Photography is holding an open juried fine art photography show called All Things Horses. This will be a show with awards of $900 held at the gallery in Colorado with a deadline for submission of June 18, 2008. Images such as tack, competitions, people, pomp, dressage, rodeos, and even landscapes will also be accepted in this show.  If you know photographers or horse lovers with cameras who would like to enter their work they should visit the Center's website at www.c4fap.org for all details including how to submit their work. (May 08, 2008)

 

American West 4D Classic Races Offer Thoroughbred Owners and Riders

New Recognition Opportunities

Madison, NJ - The North American Thoroughbred Society is teaming with the American West 4D barrel racing association to recognize Thoroughbreds who compete in American West 4D barrel races. American West members who own or ride Thoroughbreds can count points earned in barrel racing competitions toward NATBS' North American Series Awards program. "Working with the North American Thoroughbred Society allows us to offer another membership benefit," said Randy Sellers, owner of American West 4D, LLC. "Our members who compete with Thoroughbreds can gain additional recognition for their hard work and achievements through NATBS, in addition to winning barrel racing awards. Many of today's barrel horses carry a percentage of Thoroughbred blood, and it's this speed and agility that helps make barrel racing such an exciting sport."   (May 05, 2008)

 

Eventing Instructor Relocated to Georgia

Madison, GA - Sally Buffington, and her Thoroughbred gelding Absolüt IV just moved from Texas to Madison, Georgia. Sally is a US Eventing Association (USEA) Certified Instructor who has competed through the FEI levels of Eventing. She and Absolüt have had a stellar career finishing in the top ten of the USEA at his respective level two years in a row. Absolüt carries the Damascus line top and bottom. As Sally noted, "This line of Thoroughbreds are eventing power houses. Bold, smart, bull headed and brave... if you survive the early training you will have a teammate for life!" For more visit http://stonecreekranch.squarespace.com/welcome (April 30, 2008)