America's Best Racing

Panus Resigns As President Of The Jockey Club Media Ventures, Other Changes Made To Management Team

Stephen Panus has resigned as president of The Jockey Club's Media Ventures, which oversees the America's Best Racing brand, and several other structural changes were made to the management team, said Jockey Club president and COO James L. Gagliano via a press release on Thursday. Gagliano will replace Panus, while Greg Charkoudian and Dan Tordjman have each been promoted to vice president of TJC Media Ventures. Charkoudian has been associated with The Jockey Club team since 2012 and Tordjman since 2014. "I'd also like to thank Stephen Panus for his...

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TAA Silent Auction Bidding Now Open

Bidding is open now for a silent auction to benefit Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance. The auction coincides with the America's Best Racing Pre-Preakness Party, during which items will be displayed in person. The party will take Wednesday at the Mt. Washington Tavern in Baltimore and the auction is accessible both in person at the event and remotely for online bidders. Highlights of items available include: halters from Curlin, Mage, Street Sense; custom shadow box featuring a Well Armed halter; a Christine A. Moore Millinery fascinator; framed and signed 2024 Kentucky Oaks...

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“Walk On” Is A Heart-Breaking But Inspirational Story

Up until August 9, 2020, Stephen Panus was leading the type of life that many of us envy. He was the president of the Jockey Club's America's Best Racing brand, lived in an affluent community in Connecticut and, most importantly, had a close-knit family that he adored. There was his wife Kellie and sons Jake and Liam, both of whom were special in their unique ways. "Jake was an immense, magnetic personality who lived his life uplifting others," Panus writes in his recently released book "Walk On." It's not that...

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TAA Reports Successful Preakness

The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) had a successful week in Maryland during Preakness celebrations with several on-site events, the organization said in a release Wednesday. With over 160 in attendance, the America's Best Racing Pre-Preakness Party to benefit the TAA kicked off the week at Mt. Washington Tavern. A total of $25,000 was raised from a silent auction, ticket sales and donations. "It was an absolute honor to once again partner with the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance on what has turned into a must-attend event on the racing calendar every year,"...

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Pre-Preakness Party to Benefit TAA

The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance has again been named the beneficiary of America's Best Racing's Pre-Preakness Party, which will be held May 17 at the Mt. Washington Tavern in Baltimore. Tickets for the eighth annual event are $25, which includes one drink ticket, snacks, access to racing personalities and networking opportunities for race fans. There will also be a silent auction to benefit TAA and a handicapping contest. Tickets are available online at:

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NBC Sports Features Two Breeders' Cup Challenge Races Saturday

The $1 million GII Kentucky Turf Cup S. and $1 million GII FanDuel Turf Sprint S. headline NBC Sports' Breeders' Cup Challenge Series coverage this Saturday at Kentucky Downs, live on CNBC at 5:00 p.m. ET. Coverage will be led by host Ahmed Fareed, analyst and handicapper Matt Bernier, and reporter Nick Luck. The hour-long telecast is the sixth program this year in the "Breeders' Cup Challenge Series: Win and You're In--presented by America's Best Racing" on NBC, Peacock, and CNBC from some of North America's most iconic racetracks. The...

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ABR Preakness Kick-Off Party to Benefit Aftercare

After a two-year hiatus owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, America Best Racing's Pre-Preakness Party will be held Wednesday, May 18, at the Mt. Washington Tavern in Baltimore, with the proceeds of all tickets sold to benefit the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance. A silent auction will be held which will benefit the TAA and the Maryland-based Beyond The Wire Thoroughbred aftercare organization. "We're thrilled to again be a beneficiary of this party, along with our friends at Beyond the Wire, and we're grateful for the continued support from America's Best Racing," TAA...

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“A Stake in Stardom” Initiative Unveiled by America's Best Racing

America's Best Racing, a multimedia fan development and awareness-building platform formed by The Jockey Club (TJC), has launched a new initiative designed to introduce racing to new fans. Named "A Stake in Stardom," the program has tabbed brand ambassadors Sarah Cline and Joey Mulinaro to go behind the scenes as partial owners of 3-year-olds in partnership with West Point Thoroughbreds. Cline is best known as a TikTok influencer and Mulinaro is a former Barstool Sports contributor and impressionist. Each will receive a minority ownership stake in Giant Game (Giant's Causeway)...

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TAA Auction Raises over $35,000

The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance's Off to the Races online auction, which closed Feb. 10, raised $35,125. From Jan. 28 to Feb. 10 the public had the opportunity to bid on experience packages on 12 major race days in 2022 and 2023. Each experience package offered a unique itinerary of horse racing-related bucket list activities and tickets to the specified race day(s). In total, 23 donors contributed to the 12 experience packages offered in the TAA's Off to the Races auction: 1/ST, America's Best Racing, Anne's Washington Inn, Breeders' Cup Ltd.,...

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'Breeders' Cup En Vivo' Proves Popular

A collaboration between America's Best Racing (ABR) and Hipica TV to bring Spanish-language coverage of all 14 Breeders' Cup races at Del Mar Nov. 5 & 6 received 282,000 cumulative views across Hipica TV's YouTube channel. There were more than 88,000 live views on 'Future Stars Friday' and Saturday's live stream attracted better than 200,000 views. The broadcast attracted viewers from the U.S., Panama, Mexico, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Spain and every country in South America. The shows, branded as 'Breeders' Cup en Vivo', were hosted by Claudia Spadaro, Emanuel...

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NYRA, ABR Extend Partnership Through 2023

The New York Racing Association, Inc. and America's Best Racing have extended their partnership through 2023. America's Best Racing will continue as a presenting sponsor of both America's Day at the Races and Saratoga Live. Saratoga Live, produced by NYRA in conjunction with FOX Sports, is in its sixth season broadcasting the summer meet at Saratoga Race Course to a national audience on the networks of FOX Sports with weekend regional coverage on newly named broadcast partner SNY. NYRA produced nearly 800 hours of national television coverage in 2020, more...

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Belmont S. Draw to Air June 1

America's Day at the Races will broadcast a special half-hour show on FS2 Tuesday, June 1 from 11-11:30 a.m. that will air the draw for the June 5 GI Belmont S., presented by NYRA Bets. Presented by America's Best Racing and Claiborne Farm, the broadcast schedule for America's Day at the Races the following week are (EST): Thursday, May 27 (FS2: 5 - 8:30 p.m.) Friday, May 28 (FS2: 12:30 - 5:30 p.m.) Saturday, May 29 (FS2: 12:30 - 6 p.m.) Sunday, May 30 (Bally Sports SoCal: 3 - 5:30...

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