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Chris Baker is a 30-year industry veteran with international expertise in multiple facets of the Thoroughbred business. The 1986 University of Maryland graduate initially worked in the broodmare, stallion and racing divisions at Lane's End Farm. He then headed overseas, learning the training craft in racing jurisdictions as varied as England, Australia, and New Zealand. Repatriated to California, Chris was an assistant trainer to Hall of Famers Neil Drysdale and Richard Mandella, working with such Champions as A.P. Indy, Kotashaan, and Phone Chatter, before training on his own. A return to farm management eventually brought Chris to Ned Evans' Spring Hill Farm in Virginia, where he served as General Manager for 11 years until that operation dispersed in 2011. During his tenure, Spring Hill produced more than 100 stakes winners and was twice honored as TOBA's National Breeders of the Year. Chris then served as General Manager at WinStar Farm before joining Three Chimneys in December, 2013.
The Kentucky Office of State Veterinarian has confirmed a diagnosis of Equine Herpesvirus Type 1 to be affecting horses housed in barn 3 at The Thoroughbred Center in Lexington. The index case was reported on Tuesday evening 2/13 after a horse that had presented with fever of unknown origin was sampled and results of PCR testing identified the horse to be positive for EHV1 ‘wild type’ on both nasal wash and whole blood. The barn was immediately secured with no horses being allowed to move into or out of the barn. In addition to securing the barn with 24 hour guard assignment, a sanitizing area outside the barn’s entrance has been established and all individuals entering and leaving the barn must properly clean and disinfect and dispose of personal protective clothing that is provided on entry into the barn.
The Kentucky House of Representatives has approved a bill that will grant tax breaks to Breeders’ Cup Ltd. any time it holds its two-day event at a track in the state.
Breeders’ Cup, one of Thoroughbred horse racing’s most prestigious international events, announced today that tickets for the 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which will return to iconic Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville, Ky., on November 2 and 3, will go on sale to the general public on Thursday, June 7 at 12:00 p.m. ET / 9:00 a.m. PT.
Keeneland officials announced today that the track will reduce pari-mutuel takeout rates on win, place, show and exacta wagers for its 2018 Spring Meet, to be held April 6-27.
The Kentucky Office of State Veterinarian on the evening of Feb. 6 provided an update on the quarantine in place at Turfway Park because of equine herpesvirus-1.
Competitive bidding at the upper reaches of the market pushed the Fasig-Tipton winter mixed sale above the buoyant auction of 2017, as gross, average, and median prices all rose during the Feb. 5-6 venue.
The Breeders’ Cup announced today the promotion of the undercard Juvenile Turf Sprint to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships program. The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint will be a part of this year’s World Championships, November 2-3 at Churchill Downs in Louisville and will carry a $1 million purse. The race will be run at about 5.5 furlongs on the turf and will be open to all 2-year-olds.
Joe Seitz has been with Brookdale full time since 1997. He graduated from Marquette University with a degree in Journalism and then spent four years as an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps. After the service, Joe worked as a racetrack groom and assistant trainer for Carl Nafzger and Todd Pletcher, respectively. Joe was elected as President of the Consignors and Commercial Breeders Association (CBA) in 2016 and has served on The Board of Directors of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club, the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association (KTA), and the Thoroughbred Club of America (TCA). He now acts as Director of Sales for Brookdale.
Anne Archer is part of the next generation of Hinkle horsepeople proving the future is bright for Hinkle Farms. Attending New York University and completing her education at Centre College, Anne Archer earned a bachelor's degree with a double major in History and Spanish. She specializes in bloodstock research, acquisition, stallion matings, and sales coordination. She loves nothing more than spending time with the many beautiful thoroughbreds on the farm.
A native of Kilkenny, Ireland, Pat came to Kentucky in 1984 to pursue his love of horses. Starting at Ashleigh Stud, he moved to the new Rood and Riddle, where he received agreat foundation training for 18 months. This led to the job of developing and managing Crescent Hill Farm for 10 years for the Slitz family, from where it was then time to branch out on his own. He started Drumkenny Farm in 1996, which was a 200 acre full service boarding operation. It was during this time that he became a member of various pinhooking partnerships, which not only led to introducing many friends to life as thoroughbred owners, but further revealed his love of the sales business. In 2001, Pat was a founding member of Paramount Sales, and he quickly realized that it would be impossible to fully commit to both jobs, so he decided to step away from the farm and concentrate on bloodstock sales. Since its inception, Paramount has been a top 10 leading consignor. Missing country life, Pat moved to 30 acres in 2013, where he breeds a small band of mares, and pinhooks weanlings with several partners. He and his wife, Lynne, have a daughter, Ali, who is an Athletic Trainer at Florida Atlantic University, and a son, David, who is a senior in high school. Pat loves this industry, and still believes that Kentucky is the center of the thoroughbred world. He is excited to be a part of the KTA, and hopes to be able to help promote Kentucky breeders and horses worldwide.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission will soon consider changes to the voided claim rule after its rules committee recommended updates to the standard.
Darren Fox is a native of Co. Roscommon, Ireland. Darren graduated of the University of Limerick with a Degree in Equine Science and a Masters in Entrepreneurship. Early hands on experience was gained at Ballyhane Stud and Rathbarry Stud in Ireland and Knockgriffin Farm in the US. Darren worked for GE Capital and Tote Ireland prior to graduating from the Darley Flying Start in 2009. Since then Darren has focused on the area of stallion seasons. He is currently the Sales Manager at Darley, where he manages top stallions such as Medaglia d’Oro, Bernardini and newcomers such as Nyquist and Frosted. He also spent two years as the Stallion Seasons Director at WinStar Farm, prior to his current role at Darley.
Like many, he was lured into the horse business by his father Howard Litt, an avid owner, breeder and race fan of over fifty years. Litt received his B.A. from UC Berkeley in Human Biodynamics and my M.S. from Wake Forest University in Exercise Physiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation before embarking on his career in the horse business. He moved to Kentucky in 2000 and worked at Taylor Made farm for a year, working with mares, yearling, foals at major auctions. Litt worked the next two years with the veterinary practice of Dr. Cheney, Dr. Northrop and Dr. Landry in Kentucky, New York and Florida and was around the top trainers and horses in the east coast. He then spent seven years with Three Chimneys farm performing all duties of a bloodstock agent as well as, stallion syndication, portfolio management and client recruitment.
The Kentucky Thoroughbred Association (KTA) and Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders (KTOB) elect members of the Board of Directors.
A member update from Executive Director, Chauncey Morris.
It just may be a good year for Keeneland in 2018. At least, it is off to a very good start. Keeneland’s January Horses of All Ages Sale reached a milestone Wednesday when gross sales of $31,744,700 through three days of the four-day auction exceeded total sales of $28,785,500 recorded during last year’s entire five-day auction.
To recover races lost to cold-weather cancellations and work around temperatures expected to plummet this weekend, Turfway Park is making changes to its live racing schedule this Saturday as well as to the meet’s Friday cards.
Matt Koch graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture in 2000 and went directly into the Marine Corps as a 2nd Lt. Koch served 5 years as an Intelligence Officer deploying to Kosovo and Afghanistan. Upon his release from active duty he established Shawhan Place LLC with longtime horseman Ted Kuster. Shawhan Place is a full service boarding operation that handles everything from breeding, breaking, quarantine and sales. It was a natural fit to return to the Thoroughbred Industry after growing up on Claiborne Farm. Matt is a current member and past president of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club. He lives in Paris with his wife, Kristen and three children, Taylor, Jack and Nate.
Anita Cauley, an Indianapolis native, has resided with her husband James in Louisville, KY since 2007 where she operates both her Thoroughbred racing and breeding programs. Since her move to Kentucky, she has had two exciting opportunities to race in the Kentucky Oaks. In 2007, High Heels finished third and five years later in 2012, On Fire Baby finished fifth. Anita continued to race On Fire Baby to achieve over a million dollars in earnings and was able to attain multiple Grade 1 wins in the Apple Blossom at Oaklawn Park in 2013 and the 2014 La Troienne Stakes at Churchill Downs.
Churchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT”) broke ground Wednesday on its $60 million state-of-the-art historical racing machine (“HRM”) facility in Louisville. CDRT also unveiled the name and branding for the new facility, Derby City Gaming.
Stuart E. Brown, II, DVM is a partner of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, Kentucky, where he has been in practice since graduating from Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. He was born and raised in Versailles, Kentucky, and graduated from Transylvania University while working locally in the Thoroughbred industry since high school. Dr. Brown is a member of the Equine Drug Research Council of the KY Horse Racing Commission; Vice Chairman of the Gluck Equine Research Foundation; Board of the American Association of Equine Practitioners; Member of the AAEP Public Policy and Welfare Committee; Board of the EEI/ Rolex Three Day Eventing Championships; Trustee to the AVMA Professional Liability Trust, and Legislative Committee of the KVMA; active on the UK Veterinary Livestock Disease Laboratory Advisory Committee. In addition he is a current Director of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, Inc./Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders, Inc., serves on the KTA/KTOB Scientific Advisory Committee for the KTOB Foundation and is Treasurer of the KTA PAC. He says of his tenure at KTA/KTOB, "I believe strongly in the mission of the KTA in its advocacy for the industry in the Commonwealth and its leadership position in maintaining Kentucky as the Capital of the TB Industry. This organization represents the interests of the breeders and stakeholders as stewards of the industry for generational deliverance of the ideals and cultures that have served this business to allow it to attain its present day position. The appointment to the KTA Board has represented one of the most important positions for which I have been appointed on to serve for both my profession and as a breeder."
The California Thoroughbred Horsemen's Foundation has set up the website cthfcares.org to accept donations to help people and horses affected by the Southern California fire that destroyed much of the San Luis Rey training center.
After a two-year standstill, Kentucky's renowned horse industry is back in the race to develop a market in China, the world's most populous country. State Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles on Monday touted a new trade accord lifting a ban on U.S equine exports to China. The deal was signed by U.S. and Chinese officials last month.
Craig Bandoroff is the owner, with his wife Holly, of Denali Stud in Paris, Kentucky. Denali Stud is a boarding operation mostly involved in breeding and raising horses for the commercial market. Denali is also a consignment agency and consistently has been a leading top 5 consignor in the industry over the past 10 years. Bandoroff is also a breeder with a broodmare band of about 15 mares. Champion Serena's Song has resided at Denali Stud her entire broodmare career and the farm raised KY Derby winner & Dubai World Cup winner, Animal Kingdom. He has been actively involved in the horse business for over 30 years as a jockey, sales company employee with Fasig Tipton, and a bloodstock consulting firm. Current Director of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association/Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders, Inc. and Chairman of the Marketing Committee, current President of CBA, a board member of KEEP, an active member of TOBA, a former director of the Thoroughbred Club, a former board member of The Lexington School, and a founding member of the NTA. The Bandoroff’s have three children and reside in Lexington.
After just three years of ownership, Churchill Downs Inc. is selling Seattle-based video game developer Big Fish Games Inc. in a deal valued at nearly $1 billion.
Between November 24 and December 1, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, will auction off halters of famous racing and stallion stars on its eBay page.
Braxton has been involved in the Racing Game her whole life. Her grandparents, Harry and Jane Lunger, owned the successful Christiana Stables, which she and her mother continue to operate today. She worked her summers for Walnut Green Sales Consignment, which was owned by her father and uncle. After graduating from Trinity College (CT), Braxton moved to Kentucky to work for Three Chimneys Farm, where she held the position of Director of Sales until 2007. Braxton now owns and operates Royal Oak Farm in Paris, Kentucky with her husband, Damian. They have quickly gotten off the ground as a successful operation by raising or selling such Graded Stakes Winners as Union Rags, Pure Fun, Boys at Tosconova, Nereid and Ready to Please.
A signed letter from Honorable Andy Barr to House Leadership regarding H-2B visas.
Dr. J. David Richardson—the prominent Louisville surgeon whose many roles in horse racing include owner, breeder, horseplayer, regulator, and bloodstock consultant—is the 2017 recipient of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners' prestigious Warner L. Jones Jr. Horseman of the Year Award.
Charlie LoPresti and his wife own 200-acre Forest Lane Farm in Lexington on the eastern fringe of Fayette County. Charlie handles the racing string at Keeneland Race Course, where he has been based year round for more than a decade. With a goal of learning all phases of handling Thoroughbreds, LoPresti obtained a job at Domino Stud in Lexington in 1978 where he worked under renowned horseman Ted Carr. LoPresti then worked for about six years as assistant manager under Carr at Allen Paulson's Brookside Farm in Lexington. Lopresti left to start developing Forest Lane, during which time he also served as trainer for Calumet Farm for whom he won four stakes races during tenure of about six years. He became the first trainer to win back-to-back editions of the Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Can-G1) with Turallure in 2011 and Wise Dan in 2012. Wise Dan went on to win the Breeders Cup Mile, breaking a 15 year old track record. He capped off the year earning three Eclipse Awards for Older Male, Turf Male and Horse of the Year, the only horse to acheive that mark since John Henry. Through Sept. 2012, LoPresti has won more than 180 races that have earned more than $8 million.
Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles praised the resumption of live equine exports to China at a signing ceremony in Beijing today. The agreement, signed by United States Ambassador to China Terry Branstad and Minister Zhi Shuping of the People’s Republic of China, clears the way for the importation of all breeds of U.S. horses, including high-quality Thoroughbred racing horses, to China, where a rapidly expanding racing industry has emerged.
The American Horse Council (AHC), in conjunction with the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and state animal health officials, is pleased to announce that the National Equine Health Plan (NEHP) is now available at equinediseasecc.org/national-equine-health-plan.
Churchill Downs Racetrack (“Churchill Downs”), one of the world’s most historic sports and entertainment venues, today unveiled plans to improve the parking and transportation experience for guests traveling to the Kentucky Derby.
McLean is a co-owner and the business manager of Crestwood Farm. An owner/breeder with over 25 years of industry experience. Current Director and President of KTA-KTOB. Also, currently serves on the board of the Keeneland Association, Thoroughbred Charities of America; and as a trustee of Sayre School. Past board member of Commerce Lexington. Co-breeder of Champion filly XTRA HEAT. A graduate of Transylvania University, McLean resides at Crestwood Farm with his wife Lisa and their three children.
As governor, I am committed to running a fiscally responsible government that provides a better place for employers to grow, prosper and create jobs. One of the greatest impediments to Kentucky's economic success is our pension crisis. Although a few sounded the alarm over the years, kicking the can down the road became the status quo and led to a pension liability that is more than seven times greater than the amount of the Commonwealth’s entire General Fund. We now have leadership in Kentucky that not only understands the magnitude of this issue, but also is willing and ready to solve it.
The Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers’ Club (KTFMC) is honored to announce Bill Landes as the 2017 “Ted Bates Farm Manager of the Year.” A committee of five club representatives selects the recipient based on his or her quality and success of management, service to the community, involvement in the KTFMC, and industry leadership and dedication. “Having known and worked with many of the previous Farm Managers of the Year, I am honored and humbled by this recognition. Ted Bates was one of my earliest acquaintances in this business, “said Landes.
Up to 200 people can experience the excitement of Thoroughbred racehorse ownership this fall with unraced 2-year-old Rare Form, the latest addition to the popular Churchill Downs Racing Club stable.
Yum Brands has pulled out as the title corporate sponsor of the Kentucky Derby, a landmark deal with Churchill Downs that has been in place since 2006.