The Jockey Club

Live Foals in North America Decrease in 2021 to About 19,200

Breedings in 2020 have resulted in 19,021 live foals of 2021 thus far being reported to The Jockey Club (TJC) on Live Foal Reports, according to the annual Report of Mares Bred (RMB), which was released Friday by TJC. The number of live foals reported to date is expected to be 85-90% complete. The reporting of live foals of 2021 is down 3.3% from last year at this time when TJC had received reports for 19,677 live foals of 2020. TJC also received 2,195 No Foal Reports for the 2021...

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Jockey Club Announces T.I.P. Non-Competition Award Winners

The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) has revealed the recipients of its two non-competition awards, the T.I.P. Thoroughbred of the Year Award and the T.I.P. Young Rider of the Year Award, for 2021. The Thoroughbred of the Year Award recognizes a Thoroughbred that has excelled in a non-competitive career, such as equine-assisted therapy or police work, and 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 by The Jockey Club. This year's...

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Former Senior Steward Christopher Spence Passes Away at 84

Christopher Spence,  a former senior steward of The Jockey Club, died on Monday  after a brief illness. An owner-breeder from his Chieveley Manor Stud near Newbury, he was 84.    Born in 1937, Spence became a Jockey Club member in 1986 and served as Chairman of The National Stud from 2008 to 2011. Also Chairman of the Racecourse Holdings Trust, Spence was a merchant banker by trade and one of the founding directors of the British Horseracing Board, among other important roles in the UK racing industry.    A former...

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Large Drop in Thoroughbred Foal Crop; 18,700 Projected for 2022

The North American registered Thoroughbred foal crop is projected to be 18,700 in 2022, The Jockey Club reported Thursday morning. This represents 500 fewer foals than the 2021 foal crop estimate of 19,200, and, at a decline of 2.6%, represents the sixth straight year of decline and is the lowest figure since 1965, when the foal crop was 18,846. The high-water mark of 51,296 was reached in 1986. The crop has declined every year since then with the exception of 2015. The foal crop projection is computed by using Reports...

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COVID-19 Claims Dr. J. David Richardson, Ky-Based Owner, Breeder, Regulator

David Richardson, M.D., a distinguished Kentucky-based surgeon who owned and bred Thoroughbreds for nearly half a century and was known as a thoughtful, cerebral racing regulator whose zeal for the sport shone through in his volunteer service on numerous industry-related boards, died Sept. 7 in Saratoga Springs, New York, after developing pneumonia related to COVID-19. Richardson had been briefly hospitalized in the intensive care unit at Saratoga Hospital; he was believed to be 76 years old. Chauncey Morris, the executive director of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association and Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners...

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IN-Person Owner Conference Forges Ahead Nov. 3

The in-person Owner Conference during Breeders' Cup week in Del Mar remains on course for Wednesday Nov. 3 from 8:30a.m. until 5:00p.m. followed by a conference dinner that evening. A location for the single-day conference location has yet to be finalized, however, the Estancia La Jolla Hotel and Spa is likely to be announced soon as this year's conference host site. "As part of the planning, it's important we know how many attendees to expect for the Conference to insure we have the correct number of hotel rooms, the correct...

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Minella Rebellion Wins TJC RoR National Championships

Minella Rebellion (Ire) (King's Theatre {Ire}), with Katie Dashwood aboard, was crowned The Jockey Club Supreme Champion at The Jockey Club RoR National Championships which ended on Sunday, Aug. 29. It was the first season of competitive showing for the duo, who had earlier combined to win the Tattersalls Novice Championship class. The four-day show drew over 250 former racehorses, which competed in classes for showing, dressage and jumping at the Aintree International Equestrian Centre. "I can't believe it, I simply cannot believe it," said Dashwood. "He is a true...

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Using Speed Figures to Track Possible Cheaters

When it comes to figuring out which trainers are taking an illegal edge it usually comes down to guesswork and innuendo, hardly the best way to police the sport. That's why The Jockey Club put Jerry Brown of Thoro-Graph and consultants McKinsey & Company to work and asked them to formulate an algorithm that uses speed-figure data to identify trainers that may be using performance-enhancing drugs. The program, which was announced at the recent Jockey Club Round Table, is being made available to tracks through The Jockey Club's In Compass...

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Jockey Club Elects Six New Members

Six new members have been elected to The Jockey Club, it was announced Wednesday: Gayle Benson, Dr. Jeffrey Berk, Drew Fleming, Kevin Lavin, Anthony Manganaro and Adam Wachtel. Gayle Benson established GMB Racing Stables in 2014 with her husband, Tom Benson. Horses campaigned by GMB Racing include Grade I winner Tom's d'Etat (Smart Strike) and graded stakes winners Tom's Ready (More Than Ready), Mo Tom (Uncle Mo) and Lone Sailor (Majestic Warrior). She owns Benson Farm in Paris, KY, which is active in Thoroughbred breeding and sales, having more than...

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The Jockey Club RoR National Championships Return to Aintree

After a year's hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Jockey Club Retraining of Racehorses National Championships will return to the Aintree International Equestrian Centre. The four-day event will take place from Aug. 26 through Aug. 29, and 2021 is the first year with The Jockey Club as the title sponsor. Events including dressage, jumping and showing, with the RoR Northern Dressage Championships on Thursday, while there is a Saturday evening gala performance of showing classes culminating with the crowning of The Jockey Club Supreme Champion. Currently there are 276...

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Banke, Lear, Rankin Elected to TJC Board of Stewards

Barbara Banke, William M. Lear, Jr., and R. Alex Rankin have been elected to the The Jockey Club (TJC) board of stewards. Lear has been reelected, while Banke and Rankin are filling the expired positions of Everett R. Dobson and John W. Phillips. The board of stewards also consists of chairman Stuart S. Janney III, as well as Dr. Larry Bramlage, C. Steven Duncker, William S. Farish, Jr., Ian D. Highet, and Vinnie Viola. Reelected Lear has served as TJC's vice chairman since 2015 and has been a member of...

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Timeline for HISA Implementation Comes Into Clearer Focus

With the July 1, 2022, implementation date looming for the nationwide regulatory Authority mandated by the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA) to go into effect, Charles Scheeler, the chairman of the Authority's board of directors, on Sunday outlined the timetable for the sport's new ruling body to be fully operational. Speaking via pre-recorded video during Sunday's 69th Annual Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing that was hosted virtually by The Jockey Club (TJC), Scheeler said the Authority is currently developing its anti-doping and safety programs side by...

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