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JOCKEY CLUB’S OWNERVIEW TO HOST OCTOBER CONFERENCE

OwnerView, the website and information resource developed by The Jockey Club and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association to assist both current and prospective Thoroughbred owners, will host a national, two-day Thoroughbred ownership conference in October 2014 at Keeneland Race Course, it was announced yesterday.

The conference, sponsored jointly by the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, the Keeneland Association, The New York Racing Association, Inc., and the Stronach Group, will feature panel discussions with prominent industry participants as well as an exhibit hall and several informational and educational networking events with owners and industry representatives.

Additional details about the conference, including dates, will be announced in the coming weeks.

OwnerView is a joint effort spearheaded by The Jockey Club and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association to encourage ownership of Thoroughbreds and provide accurate information on trainers, public racing syndicates, the process of purchasing and owning a Thoroughbred, racehorse retirement, and owner licensing.

The need for a central resource to encourage Thoroughbred ownership was identified in the comprehensive economic study of the sport that was commissioned by The Jockey Club and conducted by McKinsey & Company in 2011. The OwnerView site was launched in May 2012.

Additional information about OwnerView is available at ownerview.com or by contacting Gary Falter at gfalter@jockeyclub.com or (859) 224-2803.

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BLOOD-HORSE: JOCKEY CLUB TO FUND DRUG TESTING

By Tom LaMarra | Bloodhorse

The Jockey Club will provide up to $500,000 in 2014-15 to some racing jurisdictions to step up out-of-competition drug testing with a focus on graded stakes.

The initiative, announced Aug. 11 at The Jockey Club Round Table in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., signals more involvement by the organization in the area of medication and equine drug testing. Much of this year’s Round Table conference dealt with drugs and how their use is perceived in horse racing.

Jockey Club vice chairman Stuart Janney III said about one-third of racing regulatory agencies have rules that permit out-of-competition testing. Many of them, however, don’t conduct the screenings in part because of cost or legal issues.

Janney cited some progress. In 2012-13, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission tested each starter in the Kentucky Derby at least twice before the race, and in New York, the New York State Gaming Commission tested starters in two grade I events: the Belmont Stakes and Wood Memorial Stakes.

Out-of-competition testing, which generally is done to detect blood-doping agents, could be done for the Travers Stakes in late August and the Breeders’ Cup World Championships in early November, Janney said.

Under The Jockey Club grant structure, jurisdictions that receive funds to pay for the testing must expand it to test for other Class 1 substances such as steroids and dermorphin, also known as “frog juice.” Others would be added to the list as tests are developed.

The Jockey Club will make up to $250,000 available in 2014, and the same amount for 2015.

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JOCKEY CLUB: U.S., VIRGINIA FOAL CROPS CONTINUE TO SHRINK

In a press release yesterday, the The Jockey Club revised downward its projections for the foal corsp of 2012 and 2012 at the same time it was projecting the 2014 crop to be 22,000.

The Jockey Club also announced downward revisions for the 2012 and 2013 foal crops to 23,500 and 23,000, respectively. The original projection for both the 2012 and 2013 foal crops was 24,700.

Additional foal crop information is available in The Jockey Club’s Online Fact Book at www.jockeyclub.com/factbook.asp and in the state fact books at www.jockeyclub.com/statefactbook.asp.

The foal crop projection, traditionally announced in mid-August, is computed by using Reports of Mares Bred (RMBs) received to date for the 2013 breeding season. RMBs are to be filed by August 1 of each breeding season.

The foal crop has steadily declined since 2006 when it was 38,361. The 2013 figure represents a decline of 40% in the past seven years.  The 2014 projection of 22,000 would be the smallest North American Thoroughbred foal crop since 1967 when it was 21,876.  The crop reached its zenith in 1986 when the crop counted 51,296 foals.

Virginia’s foal crop has declined from 747 in 1991 to 172 in 2012.  The decline has been stead except for a rebound in 1999 when the foal crop increased from 566 to 614 in the early years of Colonial Downs.  Since 2007, Virginia’s foal crop has declined from 409 to 172 – the latter being the first crop which did not include a large number of Virginia-bred foals produced by Edward P. Evans’ Spring Hill Farm.  Evans, who bred as many as 75 foals some years, died December 31, 2010.

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