The Jockey Club

Applications Open for Jockey Club Summer Interns

Applications for The Jockey Club's summer internship program for college students and recent college graduates will open Tuesday, January 17. The program will accommodate up to three interns. "The first two years of our internship program were very successful," said Matt Iuliano, executive vice president and executive director of The Jockey Club. "The interns have been intelligent and motivated, and they have all done a tremendous job working within The Jockey Club companies. They will be an asset to any organization within our industry, which is the goal of the...

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Septet Of New Jockey Club Members Announced, As Sporsborg Joins Board Of Stewards

Seven new members and one honorary member have been elected to The Jockey Club. The seven new members are as follows: Victoria Dunn, Brian Finch, David Maxwell, Simon Munir, Simon Philip, The Hon. Frances Stanley, and Nicholas Wright. Shaikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa, who races G1 Fillies' Mile heroine Commissioning (GB) (Kingman {GB}) with his uncle Shaikh Abdulla bin Hamad Al Khalifa, was made an Honorary Member of The Jockey Club. William Sporborg, who was announced as the new Chair of Jockey Club Estates at the end of 2022,...

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Montplaisir Appointed Executive Director of Amplify Horse Racing

Amplify Horse Racing, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to education, mentorship and career opportunities in the Thoroughbred industry for youth and young adults, has announced the appointment of Annise Montplaisir as executive director. Guided by a goal to develop a platform for youth in horse racing, Montplaisir co-founded Amplify with Madison Scott in 2019, and has served as the organization's president since its incorporation in 2020. Scott remains on the board of directors alongside Price Bell, Jordyn Egan, Hallie Hardy, Laurel Humbert-Stock, Katie LaMonica, and Cate Masterson. Originally from Fargo, North...

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TJCIS President Carl Hamilton Retires; Tim Leith Promoted

Carl Hamilton, since 1994 the president of The Jockey Club Information Systems (TJCIS), has retired as of Dec. 31, 2022. Hamilton will remain in role as chairman of BloodHorse and will continue to represent The Jockey Club on a variety of national and international committees related to the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) and the Society of International Thoroughbred Auctioneers (SITA). Matt Iuliano will be nominated for election as president of TJCIS and continue as executive director and executive vice president of The Jockey Club. "Carl's leadership of TJCIS...

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Voting Now Open For 2022 FanDuel-NTRA Moment Of The Year

Voting is now open for the 2022 FanDuel Racing-NTRA Moment of the Year, where the public will pick one of the 11 most memorable, significant, and reflective events from the last 12 months of Thoroughbred racing in North America. The FanDuel Racing-NTRA Moment of the Year will be recognized during the 52nd Annual Eclipse Awards Presented by John Deere, Keeneland, and The Jockey Club at The Breakers Palm Beach in Florida Jan. 26. Voting is available on the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) website, NTRA.com, and via Twitter, where every...

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The Week in Review: With Eclipse Ballots Mailed Out in Mid-December, Was Taiba at Disadvantage?

Eclipse Award ballots were sent out electronically to voters on Dec. 12, with 19 days remaining on the calendar in 2022. That's how it's done. The ballot always lands in your in-box with a few weeks to go in the year. In a normal year, that's not a problem.  Come mid-December there are only a handful of major races left on the calendar and most Eclipse races have been wrapped up by then. But that wasn't the case in 2022. The GI Runhappy Malibu S. at Santa Anita turned into...

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Bill That Includes New Language on HISA Passes in House

A $1.7-trillion omnibus spending bill that includes language that would give the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) more authority over the Horse Racing Integrity and Safety Authority (HISA) passed in the House of Representatives Friday. Friday's development came one day after the bill passed in the Senate. The bill will next go to President Joe Biden to be signed into law. The language in the bill relating to HISA is meant to address issues raised by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in November. That court ruled that HISA was unconstitutional...

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John Deere, Keeneland, Jockey Club, Are Eclipse Presenting Sponsors

John Deere, Keeneland, and The Jockey Club will be presenting sponsors of the 52nd Annual Eclipse Awards, honoring Thoroughbred racing's champions of 2022, to be held Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023, at The Breakers Palm Beach, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Wednesday. "We are grateful to John Deere, Keeneland, and The Jockey Club for their partnership in serving as this year's presenting sponsors for the Eclipse Awards," said Tom Rooney, President and CEO of the NTRA. "We're very excited to welcome the Thoroughbred industry to The Breakers to celebrate the...

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Jockey Club To Make Record Prize Money Contribution In 2023

Officials at The Jockey Club have announced that it is budgeting to make a record executive contribution of £31.1 million for 2023. That figure is ahead by £2.7 million year-on-year and continues the upward trend of the last decade, where fully 93% of The Jockey Club's financial growth has been reinvested back into prize money (between 2012 and the pandemic, The Jockey Club has grown its core operating profit before prize money by £10.6 million per annum and put £9.9 million--93.4%--of this into prize money). The 9.5% rise in the...

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Op/Ed: The System Has Failed

"Twelve-thousand dollars going once...twice...SOLD!" It was the Keeneland November Sale and for the second time in a year I had to watch my big beautiful chestnut mare slip out of reach. The former black-type runner was vanned 2,100 miles away to her next venture as a broodmare prospect despite having previously failed to conceive. Six years later, I would be paying that mare's bail from a Texas livestock yard after she failed to produce but one foal who has yet to race. A graded stakes-placed mare from humble beginnings with...

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Inaugural Big Data Derby Winner Announced

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) and the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association (NYTHA) announced that a team led by Brendan Kumagai has been selected as the winner of the inaugural Big Data Derby competition, beating out 105 other submissions for first prize. Kumagai, together with Gurashish Bagga, Kimberly Kroetch, Tyrel Stokes, and Liam Welsh, took the $20,000 first prize with the submission, "Bayesian Velocity Models for Horse Race Simulation." Kumagai's team created a dynamic model that focused on horses' forward versus lateral speed and examined the results of...

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Import/Export Fees Upped by The Jockey Club

The Jockey Club will increase the fees for horses being imported, exported, and returned, as well as associated late payments, by $50 after they've stayed at the same level since 2013. The updated fee schedule will go into effect Jan. 1. Following is the new fee schedule: Certificate of Export $225 if all requirements are met within 60 days from departure from the U.S., Canada, or Puerto Rico  $475 if all requirements are met after 60 days from departure from the U.S., Canada, or Puerto Rico Certificate of Foreign Registration...

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