Artificial Insemination, Embryo Transfer At Heart Of Jockey Club’s Revocation Of Stud Book Privileges To California Breeder

by | 01.10.2019 | 11:54am

On Jan. 4, The Jockey Club announced it has permanently revoked all stud book privileges of owner/breeder Nadine Anderson based upon its determination she “knowingly misrepresented and/or aided in the misrepresentation of the eligibility for registration of foals and other information.” The organization also announced two registration certificates were revoked in connection with Anderson's actions and six more certificates (which had been in process) will be cancelled.

The Jockey Club cited the stud book Rule 19, which gives four circumstances in which it may revoke stud book privileges. The complete text of the rule is available here.

Although the press release disseminating this information did not state the specific reason for Anderson losing her stud book privileges, the Paulick Report has learned the Jockey Club discovered Anderson was connected with multiple cases of using artificial insemination to breed Thoroughbreds and one case of an embryo transfer. Both practices are prohibited by the stud book's rules.

In a letter dated March 2018, Jockey Club registrar Rick Bailey told Anderson multiple Jockey Club certificates of foal registration were being revoked, along with 35 total stallion service certificates from the breeding seasons 2015 to 2017.

None of the horses produced from revoked stallion service certificates appears to have registered names.

The Jockey Club declined further comment on the case.

Anderson was manager at Brazeau Farm in Hemet, Calif., from its beginnings. According to a profile from the California Thoroughbred Breeders' Association, she had previously come from the Arabian world and worked on the track before transitioning to manager at Getaway Thoroughbreds. When farm owner Dinesh Maniar shuttered the operation unexpectedly in 2012, Anderson was left with 170 horses and no way to care for them. She moved several to an 80-acre rented property which was ultimately purchased by Paul and Aileen Brazeau.

Sources tell the Paulick Report that until shortly before the Jockey Club's investigation of Anderson's operations at Brazeau, the farm had no breeding shed and no stallion manager, despite standing a number of stallions there, including World Renowned, Indian Gods, Stormy Jack and Make Music For Me.

The March 2018 letter also points out Anderson listed herself as breeder or co-breeder on a number of official documents related to horses bred, born and raised at the farm. As breeder or co-breeder of California-breds, Anderson would be eligible to collect monetary incentive awards given to breeders.

Nadine Anderson/Brazeau Thoroughbreds LP appeared in the top 50 leading breeders in California by earnings for 2018, according to the January issue of the California Thoroughbred magazine.

California Thoroughbred Breeders Association Executive Director Doug Burge said breeder awards are paid “to the breeder of a registered Cal-bred and named on the Jockey Club certificates. Revoked registrations would not be eligible for awards.”

It appears this may be the first time the Jockey Club has revoked stud book privileges due to use of artificial insemination. Prior announcements have focused on trainers or owners losing access to the stud book after substantial charges from commissions or law enforcement regarding medication or animal welfare.

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