Thoroughbred Marketplace Enjoying Healthier Reality

They were clicking along inside the confines of their self-inflated bubble, not quite as emphatically as previous years, but bold enough nonetheless. They were, after all, in the midst of a historically high time in the Thoroughbred marketplace—one that inspired standards too impossible to maintain but too alluring not to chase.  Ten years ago, what still stands as the fourth-highest grossing edition of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale was doing thoroughly solid business despite an economic climate that was increasingly tenuous. It wasn’t until the second Tuesday of the bellwether auction…

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Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Pens Breeders’ Cup Deal

The Breeders’ Cup and Irish Thoroughbred Marketing, which promotes Ireland as a leading source for the production and sale of quality Thoroughbreds worldwide, announced Sept. 24 a multi-year agreement for Irish Thoroughbred Marketing to continue as an official partner of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. The Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 14 races (13 Grade 1s) with purses and awards totaling more than $30 million, and annually attracts the top horses, trainers, and jockeys from around the globe, will be held at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., on Nov. 2-3.…

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Thoroughbred Makeover Set for First Weekend in October

The Retired Racehorse Project’s $100,000 Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium, presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America, will return to Lexington, at the Kentucky Horse Park Oct. 4-7, 2018. The event features approximately 500 recently retired Thoroughbreds competing in 10 different non-racing disciplines. Spectators on-site and those watching via livestream can vote via text for the overall winner among the 10 discipline champions, and that horse with the most votes will be crowned America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred. Each horse competing in the Thoroughbred Makeover has 10 months or less of retraining…

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Thoroughbred Idea Foundation Adds Two to Board

Thoroughbred Idea Foundation (TIF) Founder and Board Chairman Craig Bernick announced Sept. 5 the addition of Rory Babich and Donna Barton Brothers to the TIF Board of Directors. Rory Babich Rory Babich currently assists in the operation of St. Elias Stables. Before moving to the horse racing and breeding business, he served as the CEO and President of the NHL’s Florida Panthers and BB&T Arena. Previously, Babich worked as the Chief Operating Officer of the liquid markets funds business of Fortress Investment Group. Babich joined Fortress after working as an…

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Thoroughbred Marketplace Enjoys a Healthier Reality

They were clicking along inside the confines of their self-inflated bubble, not quite as emphatically as in previous years, but bold enough nonetheless. They were, after all, in the midst of a historically high time in the Thoroughbred marketplace—one that inspired standards too impossible to maintain but too alluring not to chase.  Ten years ago, what still stands as the fourth-highest-grossing edition of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale was doing thoroughly solid business despite an economic climate that was increasingly tenuous. It wasn’t until the second Tuesday of the bellwether auction in…

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Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards Finalists Named

The finalists for five of the six prestigious Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards have been announced. The winner of the sixth category, The Thoroughbred Industry Community Award, is Angie Carmona, deputy executive director and secretary of the California Thoroughbred Trainers. The other finalists, along with Ms. Carmona, will be recognized at the awards ceremony luncheon. The shortlist judging panel, first of the two judging panels, met at the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA) offices on Friday, Sept. 7, to decide the finalists and Community Award winner. The second and final stage…

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No Changes in NTRA Top 10 Thoroughbred Poll

There were no changes this week in the NTRA Top 10 Thoroughbred poll. Leading Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) contender Accelerate , expected to make his final start before the Classic in the Sept. 29 Awesome Again Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita Park, retained the top position in this week’s NTRA poll for the fifth consecutive week. Rank    Horse    Points (first-place votes) 1.    Accelerate    352 (8) 2.    Justify    335 (29) 3.    Diversify    266 (2) 4.    Monomoy Girl    239 5.    Abel Tasman    193 6.    Catholic Boy    150 7.    Yoshida    131 8.    Sistercharlie    88 9.  …

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Thoroughbred Makeover Finale Live Stream

Order of Go: Eventing, Show Jumpers, Show Hunters, Field Hunters, Dressage, Polo, Freestyle, Barrel Racing, Competitive Trail, Ranch Work, crowning of America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred Hundreds of off-track Thoroughbreds, each with 10 months or less of retraining. Three days of competition in 10 different disciplines, vying for a share of $100,000 in prize money. Thousands of spectators watching online and in person. And at the end, one overall winner, crowned America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred. Source link

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Accelerate Edges Justify Atop NTRA Thoroughbred Poll

Coming off his third grade 1 win of the year in the TVG Pacific Classic Aug. 18 at Del Mar, the nation’s top older dirt horse, Accelerate, knocked Triple Crown hero Justify out of the lead spot in this week’s NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll. After winning the Pacific Classic by a record 12 1/2 lengths, the Kentucky-bred Accelerate garnered 337 points in week 30 of the poll, including six first-place votes. Justify remains the clear leader in first-place votes with 31 but has been left off several ballots entirely since…

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