The Jockey Club

Sinatra Resigns As President And COO Of Equibase

Sal Sinatra, president and chief operating officer of Equibase, resigned Friday, according to a release of the Equibase Corporation. "I am stepping aside at this point so that I may dedicate my time to personal issues that require my full attention," said Sinatra. "I am grateful to the members of the Equibase Management Committee for their support of me and to my co-workers at Equibase Company and The Jockey Club for their help and kind assistance since I joined Equibase one year ago." Ian Highet, chairman of Equibase, said that...

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Helen Willis New General Manager At Carlisle

Helen Willis has been named the new General Manager of Carlisle Racecourse by The Jockey Club. Due to start in mid-July, Willis will succeed Molly Dingwall, who will become the new General Manager of Haydock Park Racecourse. An alumnus of Bishop Burton College with a first-class degree in Equine Business Management, Willis joined The Jockey Club as a customer relations executive in March of 2021. She was promoted in February of this year to trainee general manager and has worked across many of The Jockey Club's events like the Cheltenham...

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Federal Equine Protection Legislation Advances

Two key pieces of equine protection legislation advanced out of the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce's Subcommittee on Consumer Protection June 24, most notably the Save America's Forgotten Equines (SAFE) Act, H.R. 3355, which would permanently ban the transport of horses bound for slaughter. The measure was endorsed by more than 225 equine-related businesses, groups, and organizations, as well as a wide array of stake holders which included The Jockey Club; The Breeders' Cup; Water, Hay, Oats Alliance (WHOA); and the New York Racing Association (NYRA). Advancing alongside...

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Summit for Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Held at Keeneland

Lexington, KY--The 2022 Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit was held Wednesday, June 22 in the Keeneland sales pavilion. The event was presented by The Jockey Club and the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation. "This was the tenth edition of the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit," said Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation's President Jamie Haydon following the event. "It's really astounding to think that we couldn't measure how many horses had died on the racetrack when we started this, and now not only are we presenting risk factors nationally,...

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Welfare and Safety Summit to be Livestreamed

The 10th Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit, scheduled for Wednesday, June 22 in the Keeneland sales pavilion, will be available via livestream through links on the Grayson Jockey Club and The Jockey Club websites. The event is co-hosted by The Jockey Club. The previous summit was held in June 2020 as a virtual webinar series due to COVID-19. The event will start at 8:20 a.m. ET and last until approximately 5 p.m. ET. It is free and open to the public. Topics on the agenda include an update...

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Cazoo Derby To Be Shown Worldwide

More than 50 international broadcasters will cover the G1 Cazoo Derby at Epsom Downs Racecourse, an official part of Her Majesty The Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations, on June 4. The £1.604-million contest will be shown live by 32 broadcasters, and there will be 15 on-site news and lifestyle broadcasters, plus various news agencies for the two-day stand. These broadcasters were secured by The Jockey Club, Racecourse Media Group and HBA Media. In America, both Good Morning America (ABC network) and NBC News will broadcast live from the course, while Jess...

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The Queen's Former Racehorses To Parade At Epsom On Derby Day

A quintet of Her Majesty The Queen's former racehorses-Barbers Shop (GB) (Saddlers' Hall {Ire}), First Receiver (GB) (New Approach {Ire}), Quadrille (GB) (Danehill Dancer {Ire}), Prince's Trust (GB) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}), and Forth Bridge (GB) (Bernardini)--will parade at Epsom Downs Racecourse on Cazoo Derby Day, June 4. The parade, which is part of a tribute to The Queen's contribution to the horseracing and breeding industry, was organized by Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) and The Jockey Club. The monarch will be in attendance for the G1 Cazoo Derby, which is part...

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Equine Industry and Animal Welfare Organizations Announce Collaborative Effort to Ban Horse Slaughter

Edited Press Release A diverse group of equine industry and animal welfare organizations have announced the "Final Stretch Alliance to End Horse Slaughter"--a collaborative effort to permanently ban the slaughter of American horses. In an open letter to congressional leaders, including US Representatives Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and US Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY), the alliance urged federal lawmakers to pass the Save America's Forgotten Equines (SAFE) Act (H.R.3355/S.2732) to permanently ban horse slaughter in the US and end the export of American horses...

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Brian Finch Appointed New Chair of Epsom Downs Racecourse

Brian Finch will succeed Julia Budd as Chair of Epsom Downs Racecourse beginning on June 5, The Jockey Club announced on Tuesday. Budd's term will end after G1 Cazoo Derby weekend. Exposed to racing through visits to Borrowdale Racecourse in Zimbabwe as a child, Finch has owned racehorses for over 25 years in various countries. Finch joined the Epsom Racecourse Committee in 2021. Currently retired, he is also a member of the Racecourse Committee at Sandown Park Racecourse and a Trustee of the National Horseracing Museum. Finch said, "I am...

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The Jockey Club Publishes Fact Book Chronicle

The Jockey Club has announced it will offer The Jockey Club Fact Book Chronicle as part of its free online Fact Book. The Fact Book Racing Chronicle will offer past performances directly from Equibase, and charts from graded stakes races will be provided through links to "The information in The Jockey Club Fact Book Chronicle is valuable for everyone from researchers and reporters to handicappers and casual racing fans, and we are pleased to be able to provide this resource as part of our Fact Book," said James L....

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Jockey Club's Scholarship Recipients Named

The Jockey Club (TJC) has selected the recipients of its five annual academic scholarships, which will be awarded for 2022-23. TJC's college scholarships total $76,000 for the upcoming academic year that begins in the fall. "We received a deep pool of applicants for this cycle of scholarship applications and are pleased to be able to assist the five selected individuals in funding their education," said James L. Gagliano, president and chief operating officer of The Jockey Club. "Our goal in administering these awards is to support dedicated individuals from a...

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Worldwide Broadcasters to Show Randox Grand National

The G3 Randox Grand National at Aintree Racecourse will receive international TV exposure on Apr. 9, as approximately 30 broadcasters will show the iconic race. Due to begin at 5:15 p.m. local time, the race will feature 40 runners over 4 miles 2 1/2 furlongs. The Jockey Club, Racecourse Media Group (RMG), and HBA Media have secured a wide range of broadcasters, including several first-time takers. New broadcasters of the Aintree showpiece are: Eclat (14 countries in South-East Asia), NENT (Scandinavia), Watch4 (Germany, Switzerland and Austria) and Polsat (Poland). Wasu.TV...

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