Congratulations to Robert Cole, one of three finalists in the Newcomer Award category of the Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards (TIEA), presented by Godolphin. Cole, an intern/co-op program student at Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association (FTBOA), retired after 20 years in the U.S. Coast Guard and went back to an early love for Thoroughbreds as he was considering his next career, saying he wanted to be immersed “in anything that was Thoroughbred racing.” Cole was pursuing an equine exercise and physiology degree at the College of Central Florida when he landed the internship at FTBOA.
“He was born with the gene of the soul of horse racing,” said FTBOA's associate vice president, Tammy Gantt. “He doesn't want to tell you what the industry is, he wants you to feel it.”
Click for the video feature on Cole done by TIEA.
Other finalists for the Newcomer Award are Alexis Kolasa of Denali Stud and Aaron West of Bradley Thoroughbreds LLC, who will both be recognized on these pages in the coming days. The Newcomer Award is presented annually to an individual who has been in racing or breeding for under five years and has shown ambition to continue a career in some facet of the Thoroughbred industry while also improving his or her skills and knowledge.
A total of seven award categories will be honored by TIEA for 2020. Maria Cristina Silva of New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association (NYTHA) has already been announced as the winner of the Community Award, while the winners in the other categories will be announced live in a virtual ceremony hosted by Jill Byrne and streamed at the TDN homepage Thursday, Nov. 5, at 12:00 p.m. ET. All finalists will be spotlighted in TDN in the days leading up to the ceremony.