KTBIF Awards Over $16 Million to Kentucky Breeders for 2023

Edited Press Release Awards are on the way to Kentucky's Thoroughbred breeders participating in the commonwealth's Thoroughbred Breeders' Incentive Fund (KTBIF) program. The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) announces the release of $16.2 million through the KTBIF. "Our horse farm families are the backbone of our racing industry, and I'm proud to support the Incentive Fund that keeps mares and foals in Kentucky," said Gov. Andy Beshear. According to the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, the Kentucky Equine industry generates $6.5 billion and supports more than 60,000 jobs. In fact, 2023 was...

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For WinStar's New Recruits, Walden Says the Numbers Stand Out

Elliott Walden has nothing but confidence in WinStar Farm's two new stallion recruits for 2024 and he has the numbers to show it. The speedy Two Phil's (Hard Spun) posted some eye-catching figures this year as a 3-year-old, including 105 Beyer Speed Figures in both the GIII Ohio Derby and his runner-up performance in the GI Kentucky Derby. Meanwhile his new studmate Country Grammer (Tonalist), winner of the G1 Dubai World Cup, retired as the third highest-earning North American-bred horse of all time--behind great company in Arrogate and Gun Runner--...

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Butzows Win John Deere Award For Breeders

Barry and Joni Butzow, who bred and race graded-stakes winning 'TDN Rising Star' Zozos (Munnings), are the recipients of the 2023 John Deere Award, which recognizes breeders who were represented in this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships and the Breeders' Cup 'Win and You're In' Challenge series over the course of the year. The Deere Award winner was determined by a drawing among all breeders who either won a Breeders' Cup race or a Challenge series race. NTRA Advantage and John Deere will award the Butzows a John Deere Gator...

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Ken Freirich's Better World Records Pledges Breeders' Cup Match

Thoroughbred owner and songwriter/executive producer Ken Freirich of Better World Records will make a $20,000 donation to Breeders' Cup Charities if the 40th Day $20,000 match goal is met during the final stage of the program, the Breeders' Cup said in a release Friday. Breeders' Cup Limited has pledged to match up to $20,000 of funds raised on the 40th day which, in conjunction with Mr. Freirich's donation, could see $60,000 being raised on the final day alone. "Breeders' Cup Charities is so thankful to Mr. Freirich and Better World...

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Keeneland Breeder Spotlight: Rigney Savoring Sweet Flavor of Success

Richard Rigney says that nothing in life gives him a bigger kick than his horses. To understand just what that means, it might help to know his idea of a vacation. A few years ago, for instance, he went on a shooting range in Russia. Not that startling, perhaps: this was obviously before the war in Ukraine. It's just the caliber of the ordnance that was a little unusual. "Shooting a bazooka is so fun," Rigney says. "My wife Tammy was like, 'You know what? I think it's okay that...

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Milky Way Farm to Host Free Autumn Equine Fair

Seminars, horse demonstrations, stallion viewings, prize giveaways and networking opportunities headline an ambitious agenda for the 2023 Autumn Equine Fair at Milky Way Farm in Temecula, California from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14. Participation in the event is free for current and prospective horse owners and breeders. Sponsored by the California Thoroughbred Farm Managers Association and California Thoroughbred Breeders Association, the event will feature several 20-minute sessions led by professional speakers on a wide variety of topics, including horse health, feeding and nutrition, broodmare care, foal...

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HBPA: Negotiations Between HISA And Sales Companies Equate To 'Preferential Treatment' For Breeders

Two days after the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA) Authority disclosed at a press conference last week that it had initiated discussions with sales companies in an attempt to bring about voluntary compliance with medication policies throughout the lifetimes of Thoroughbreds, the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (NHBPA) went on record with a letter filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit alleging that those efforts equate to improper rulemaking by the Authority and "preferential treatment" for breeders. The purpose of the HISA Authority's...

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French Stallion Trail Dates Set For January

The Route des Etalons will be held in Normandy from Jan. 20-21, 2024. Featuring many of the best French stud farms, La Route des Etalons will allow breeders and racing fans to view some of the best stallions in France. For more information, please visit the La Route des Etalons website.

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Symbiosis of Breeders, Gluck Equine Research Center Reaches New Heights

When Dr. Emma Adam took on the role of equine outreach veterinarian in 2018, the University of Kentucky's Department of Veterinary Science hoped that the renewed position could continue to bridge the gap between their research and diagnostic laboratories and the industry that they serve. With five years now under her belt in the role, Adam is pleased with the strides that have been made in fostering relationships with the equine community--particularly within the Thoroughbred business in Central Kentucky--and she is optimistic that those connections will lead to further advancements...

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TOBA Releases Saratoga Educational Seminar Dates

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association outlined the Saratoga Educational Seminar, set for Aug. 17-18. The seminar is among a calendar of events featuring various topics for prospective, new, and established Thoroughbred owners and breeders. The 2023 seminars are listed below: June 23-24 - Woodbine - Toronto, Canada July 27-28 - Del Mar Thoroughbred Club-Del Mar, California Aug. 17-18 - Saratoga-Saratoga Springs, New York Oct. 23 - Lexington, Kentucky Details for each seminar will be announced closer to the event. Seminars for this year will cover topics pertaining to both...

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TRM To Sponsor Six Races At Naas

Six races will be sponsored by TRM at Naas Racecourse during the 2023 Flat season. In addition, the manufacturer and distributer will also support owners, trainers, stable staff, and breeders. The winning trainer of each of the six TRM-backed races will receive TRM supplements to the value of €500, while the Best Turned Out prizes to support the hardworking stable staff will be €100 cash as well as branded clothing. TRM will also award winning breeders with €500 RRP worth of breeding supplements. In addition, there will also be a...

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EquiTrace Technology on Display at Fasig-Tipton July

Buyers and sellers on site this week at Fasig-Tipton's Newtown Paddocks may have noticed signage for a fast-growing company called EquiTrace. Launched in 2019, the EquiTrace App not only identifies horses with the use of a microchip scanner, but also provides management and traceability solutions for horse farms and equine organizations. Dr. Kevin Corley, a veterinary specialist in equine medicine and critical care, was one of the key founders of EquiTrace and said that the idea for the product stemmed from the industry's inefficiencies with identifying horses that have led...

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