The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association's (TOBA's) 28th Annual National Awards Dinner was held tonight at Fasig-Tipton in Lexington, Ky. Reddam Racing, LLC was honored as TOBA's National Owner of the Year, Ocala Stud was named the National Breeder of the Year and Morton Fink was honored as the National Small Breeder of the Year.
The TOBA Awards Dinner, hosted by Donna Barton Brothers, a former jockey, author and racing analyst for NBC and TVG, also honored the achievements of Thoroughbred owners in the four major North American racing regions and breeders in 21 states and Canada. In addition, the Rood & Riddle Thoroughbred Sport Horse of the Year award was presented to the owner of the ex-Thoroughbred racehorse that has accumulated the most points in competition, as tracked by the United States Equestrian Federation. Ira Schulman's and Alex Jayne's Thomas Edison, received the award. Gary Biszantz, the owner of Cobra Farm, and a horseman, sportsman, leader and philanthropist was honored with TOBA's Industry Service Award.
A complete list of winners is as follows:
Eastern Region Owner of the Year: Godolphin
Midwestern Region Owner of the Year: John and Debby Oxley
Southern Region Owner of the Year: Brereton Jones
Western Region Owner of the Year: Reddam Racing, LLC
State Breeders of the Year:
Triple AAA Ranch: Arizona
Terry C. Lovingier: California
Ocala Stud: Florida
Team Block: Illinois
Michael E. and Penny S. Lauer: Indiana
Allen Poindexter: Iowa
Morton Fink: Kentucky
Coteau Grove Farms: Louisiana
Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Bowman: Maryland
Patricia Moseley: Massachusetts
Campbell Stable: Michigan
Richard Bremer and Cheryl Sprick: Minnesota
Gunsmith Stables: New Jersey
Triple AAA Ranch: New Mexico
Barry K. Schwartz: New York
Nancy C. Shuford: North Carolina
Leon and Karen Glasser: North Dakota
Jack and Margaret Root: Oregon
Franklin G. Smith: South Carolina
Audley Farm Equine: Virginia
Karl Krieg: Washington
Canadian Breeder of the Year:
William D. Graham
National Broodmare of the Year:
Lisa Danielle owned by Morton Fink
National Awards Dinner sponsors included OCD Pellets, Xpressbet, Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates, Flair Nasal Strips, Woodford Reserve, John Deere, Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC, Fasig-Tipton, Daily Racing Form and Blood-Horse Publications.
TOBA, based in Lexington, Ky., was formed in 1961 and is a national trade organization of leading Thoroughbred breeders and owners. TOBA's mission is to “improve the economics, integrity and pleasure of the sport on behalf of Thoroughbred owners and breeders.” Projects managed by TOBA include the American Graded Stakes Committee, Claiming Crown, Ownership Seminars, Ownerview.com and the Sales Integrity Program. TOBA provides international representation for U.S. owners and breeders on the International Grading and Race Planning Advisory Committee, International Cataloguing Standards Committee and International Breeders Federation. Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) is the charitable arm of TOBA. TOBA is the owner of The Blood-Horse Inc., and is represented on the Board of Directors of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium as founding members.
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