Jockey Club

Randazzo Named Jockey Club Steward at NYRA Tracks

Samantha Randazzo has been named The Jockey Club steward for the New York Racing Association. She takes the place of Dr. Jennifer Durenberger who was appointed as the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority Equine Safety & Welfare Director. The appointment was announced by Stuart S. Janney III, the chairman of The Jockey Club. "We are pleased for Dr. Durenberger in her new role with HISA," Janney said. "Samantha's experience as a steward at Finger Lakes and her many years working in the racing industry make her the ideal person to...

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Mullins And Henderson Back Cheltenham Decision To Remain At Four Days

Willie Mullins and Nicky Henderson, two of the most successful trainers in Cheltenham Festival history, have backed the decision to keep the meeting to four days.  The success of the Festival has led to growing speculation in recent years that the showpiece meeting of the National Hunt season would be extended to five days and Henderson was one of the main supporters of that idea initially. However, the man who has lit up Cheltenham with three-time Champion Hurdle winner See You Then, Gold Cup winners Long Run and Bobs Worth,...

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The Jockey Club Elects Six New Members

The Jockey Club has elected six new members: Len Coleman, who served alongside Dr. Nancy Cox as co-chair of the blue-ribbon nominating committee that was formed to select members of the board of directors and standing committees of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority (HISA); Dr. Nancy Cox, in addition to her aforementioned role, Cox is the vice president for Land Grant Engagement and the dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment at the University of Kentucky (UK). Also elected were Marc Holliday, who was elected chairman of...

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Rio Ferdinand 'Excited' to Link up With Jockey Club Through Youth Charity

Rio Ferdinand has linked up with the Jockey Club through his youth charity, the Rio Ferdinand Foundation, and described racing as having a lot to offer "as a career path and a sport". The former Manchester United and England defender will aim to help young people from some of the UK's most disadvantaged communities learn more about the sport as a pastime and an industry that they can work in. Initially educating groups of 16 to 24 year olds about the sport through visits, open days and a number of...

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ITBF Conference Kicks Off June 6

The International Thoroughbred Breeders' Federation bi-annual Conference, hosted by the ITBF and the British Thoroughbred Breeders' Association, will take place at Newmarket June 6-10. Last held in Lexington in 2018, the conference, which was slated to be held in Paris in 2020, was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Around 70 delegates from 23 countries across six continents are expected to attend. The programme of events takes place over a week and offers members an opportunity to network with other nations as well as raise breeding and wider Thoroughbred industry...

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Mack to Receive Eclipse Award of Merit

Earle Mack, a former U.S. Ambassador, owner, breeder and founder of the Man O' War Project will be awarded the Eclipse Award of Merit in recognition for a lifetime of outstanding achievement at the 51st Eclipse Awards at Santa Anita Park on February 10. The announcement was made by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers And Broadcasters (NTWAB). Over the course of his life, the press release reads, "the honorable Earle I. Mack, who has burnished a remarkable career serving his country...

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Over 35K Horses Now Digitally Tatooed

Over 35,000 Thoroughbreds have now been digitally tattooed, Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau (TRPB) announced Thursday. The digital tattoo is an electronic authentication confirming the identity of a horse by a trained TRPB technician. "Every racing 2-year-old, every 3-year-old and a significant share of 4- year-olds have digital tattoos and by the end of 2021, we estimate that 75% of Thoroughbreds will enter the racetrack paddock with a digital tattoo," said J. Curtis Linnell, executive vice president, TRPB. "We have 56 TRPB Technicians under contract throughout the United States and Canada...

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Jockey Club Updates Rules Regarding Digital Certificates
Jockey Club Updates Rules Regarding Digital Certificates

The Jockey Club has updated the Principal Rules and Requirements of The American Stud Book following approval by the board of stewards of The Jockey Club. While the changes apply to various parts of the rule book, the more noteworthy changes were made to support the Registry's operations and customers' interactions with the Registry in connection with the increased use of digital certificates of foal registration, which started with the 2018 foal crop. The glossary of terms was expanded to include Certificate Manager and rules 2, 7, and 21 include...

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Derby, Oaks Clear Hurdle To Stay At Epsom

The G1 Investec Derby and G1 Investec Oaks cleared a major hurdle in the race to remain at their historic home at Epsom Downs on Tuesday, with the Epsom and Walton Downs Conservators giving their backing at a special council meeting on Tuesday evening to the Jockey Club's plans to stage the two Classics on alternate dates, behind closed doors and with the public areas surrounding the track temporarily closed to the public. The Derby and Oaks have been staged at Epsom every year since their respective inceptions in 1780...

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T.I.P Non-Competition Award Applications Now Open

Applications for The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program's (T.I.P.'s) two annual awards, the Thoroughbred of the Year Award and the Young Rider of the Year Award, are now available online at tjctip.com. Applications are due June 30, 2020. The T.I.P. Thoroughbred of the Year Award recognizes a Thoroughbred that has excelled in a non-competitive career, such as equine-assisted therapy or police work. The award includes a $5,000 grant to the non-profit organization associated with the horse or, if no organization is associated with the horse, to a horse-related charity chosen...

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Jockey Club Recommends Guidelines for Maintaining Breeding Shed Activity
Jockey Club Recommends Guidelines for Maintaining Breeding Shed Activity

The challenges of the global COVID-19 pandemic have led to new protocols for Thoroughbred breeding to minimize risk of infection among farm staff and related personnel charged with transporting and handling horses. The Jockey Club recommends that all North American, Central American, and Caribbean Thoroughbred stud farm operations at a minimum follow guidelines from the Kentucky Department of Ag Guidelines for COVID-19: Breeding Shed Activity issued by E.S. "Rusty" Ford from the Office of the State Veterinarian, Kentucky Department of Agriculture. With vans and individuals visiting multiple facilities each day...

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Jockey Club Round Table to Feature International Perspectives

The 67th Annual Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing, held at the Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Springs, New York Aug. 11, will feature international perspectives as well as communications strategies in times of crisis, The Jockey Club announced on Thursday. The Jockey Club Chairman Stuart Janney, III will preside over the conference, which begins at 10 a.m. EST and will be aired on TVG2, www.tvg.com and live streamed on www.jockeyclub.com. A Q&A session with Arrowfield Stud's John Messara will be conducted by The Jockey Club's President and...

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