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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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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Sadler to Again Compete in CARMA Thoroughbred Classic

The California Retirement Management Account will stage its annual two-day Thoroughbred Holiday Classic Dec. 8 and 9 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank. Held annually since 2011, the event raises awareness to help CARMA rehabilitate and place retired Thoroughbreds. This year’s Thoroughbreds-only show will include two horses that survived the devastating fires that engulfed San Luis Rey Downs a year ago, and will again feature a jumping competition for racetrack trainers and jockeys on Saturday. This competition will be supported by several members of the Southern California Thoroughbred community, including top…

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Los Alamitos Winter Thoroughbred Meet Comes to Close

A second consecutive sweep of the Los Alamitos CashCall Futurity (G1) and Starlet (G1) by Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert highlighted the Winter Thoroughbred meet, which concluded Dec. 16. Complete business figures for the eight-day season won’t be available for several days. Field size rose over the Summer Thoroughbred Festival in July and the Los Angeles County Fair meet in September with an average of 7.44 starters per race. Baffert, who became the first trainer to win the CashCall Futurity and the Starlet in the same year in 2017…

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TCA to Honor LNJ Foxwoods, TAKE2 Thoroughbred Program

Thoroughbred Charities of America will honor LNJ Foxwoods with the Allaire du Pont Leadership Award, and the Take2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program with the Ellen and Herb Moelis Industry Service Award at the 29th Annual Stallion Season Auction & Celebration on Sunday, January 6, 2019 at the Keeneland Entertainment Center in Lexington, Ky.  “Our board has selected two outstanding award recipients,” said Erin Crady executive director of TCA. “LNJ Foxwoods has made a significant impact in the lives of numerous horses and their caretakers, not only through the establishment of…

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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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