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NTRA & Dean Dorton to Host Tax Webinar

Kentucky CPA firm Dean Dorton and the NTRA will host a webinar Feb. 20 focusing on key federal tax reform items for horse and farm owners. The webinar will be hosted by Dean Dorton's Jen Shah, Director of Tax Services and Equine Team Leader, through NTRA.com and will run from 1-2 p.m. EST. "The NTRA is pleased to collaborate once again with the experienced equine tax accountants at Dean Dorton," said Alex Waldrop, President and CEO of the NTRA. "Dean Dorton's team is among the best at communicating the insights...

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ABR’s ‘Stay Lucky’ Returns

Stay Lucky, the free-to-play mobile app from America's Best Racing (ABR), has been renewed for its fourth season. With the Breeders' Cup World Championships returning as the title sponsor, Stay Lucky's contest races on the app will include graded stakes beginning this weekend and continuing through Breeders' Cup weekend Nov. 6-7. Rewarded for correctly selecting winning horses in consecutive races, players can build streaks of five, seven, nine, 14, 17, and 20 races. Over the course of the first three seasons of Stay Lucky, 443 prizes were won by fans...

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California Native Strikes ‘Gold’ at NHC

Playing in the NTRA National Horseplayers' Championship (NHC) for just the second time, Thomas Goldsmith of Montgomery, CA, amassed a total mythical bankroll of $404.10--second largest in tournament history--to take home the $800,000 first prize Sunday afternoon at Bally's in Las Vegas. Goldsmith, 57, defeated a field that totaled 694 entries from 564 individual players and a final table that included NHC Hall of Famer Trey Stiles, Ashley Taylor and Day 2 leader John Vail of Lyndhurst, NJ. The latter held on for second ($250,000), just shy of $30 behind...

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Never Eclipsed: “Overwhelming” Response

It was only this past Tuesday that the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) invited fans to submit photos or videos to social media of their Off-Track Thoroughbreds (OTTBs) for inclusion in a series of video montages to be played during the upcoming Eclipse Awards, but the enthusiastic response already has overwhelmed those charged with weaving this tribute together. "It's been terrific," said Keith Chamblin, the NTRA's chief operating officer, who said that the NTRA offices have been inundated with emails from OTTB owners, alongside the slew of messages posted on...

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Runhappy Named Title Sponsor of Eclipse Awards, Horse of the Year

Officials at the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced that the 49th annual Eclipse Award Dinner and the night's highest honor, 2019 Horse of the Year, will be sponsored by Claiborne stallion Runhappy (Super Saver), the 2015 Eclipse Award-winning sprinter. "The Eclipse Awards are the most prestigious awards in North American Thoroughbred racing. I know because we won one for Champion Male Sprinter in 2015," said James McIngvale, who campaigned Runhappy to three Grade I victories, including the Breeders' Cup Sprint. "It was the culmination of an unforgettable year and...

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Koch Appointed Stronach Senior Racing VP

The Stronach Group has announced that industry executive Steve Koch has been appointed Senior Vice President of Racing for The Stronach Group. "We are thrilled to have Steve join our team at this pivotal moment in our sport," said Belinda Stronach, chairman and president of The Stronach Group. "Steve has a proven track record as an executive committed to safety and integrity in racing that is fully in line with our company's priority to put horse and rider safety at the forefront." Koch will work in tandem with the company's...

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Down and Possibly Out, Bricks and Mortar Has Climbed to the Top

At this time last year Bricks and Mortar (Giant's Causeway) was starting over, re-learning the lessons that had enabled him to become a standout 3-year-old turf runner in 2017. Though he was nine months removed from career-saving surgery performed by Dr. Larry Bramlage at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., there was no guarantee that he would be able to regain the brilliance. While sport is littered with tales of athletes who never could make a full comeback from injury, Bricks and Mortar is an unqualified success story....

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