James E. Bassett III

Justify Named Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners And Breeders Horse Of The Year, Stage Magic Named Broodmare Of The Year

Justify, winner of the 2018 Triple Crown, was named Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old male by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders during today’s KTOB awards luncheon at Keeneland. The KTOB recognized 12 other Kentucky-breds at the luncheon, led by Broodmare of the Year Stage Magic, the dam of Justify, and awards were […]

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Louis Cella: ‘Committed To Keeping Oaklawn One Of The Premiere Racetracks In The Country For Generations To Come’

Louis A. Cella, whose family founded the Oaklawn Jockey Club in 1904, has been named president of the Hot Springs, Ark., racetrack and gaming facility as well as Southwestern Enterprises, Inc., the parent company of Oaklawn. He succeeds his father, Charles J. Cella. In addition, John G. Cella has been named president of the family’s […]

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Transylvania University To Name New Residence Hall in Honor Of Bassett

Transylvania University will name one of its three new residence halls after James E. “Ted” Bassett III, a Marine Corps veteran and Yale graduate. Bassett, a member of the University’s Board of Trustees since 1970, contributed the project’s initial leadership gift. Bassett Hall will open for students in the fall of 2016. Two more residence […]

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Duchossois: ‘This industry isn’t dying’

Richard Duchossois, the energetic 89-year-old who runs Arlington Park and is Churchill Downs Inc.’s largest shareholder, provided a rosy outlook for the future of the Thoroughbred industry during the Thoroughbred Club of America’s annual Testimonial Dinner in his honor, held at Keeneland on Sunday night. “This industry isn’t dying,” Duchossois told the estimated crowd of […]

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RIP Michael Letis: helped launch Breeders’ Cup by securing NBC Sports as broadcast partner

One of the most important contributors to the early success of the Breeders’ Cup was its four-hour broadcast window on NBC Sports. Michael Letis, who played a major role in securing that unprecedented telecast beginning in 1984, has died in Connecticut at the age of 69.

 Letis and Mike Trager were partners in Sports Marketing […]

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A NEW SUNRISE ON CUP TRANSPARENCY?

By Ray Paulick The Breeders’ Cup has begun to let the sun shine on the annual election process that determines who ultimately sits on the organization’s board of directors. For the first time this year, the Breeders’ Cup has decided to publish a roster of eligible voters and their available number of votes; complete results of its […]

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POLITICKING FOR BREEDERS’ CUP BOARD AT WARP SPEED

  Phone lines in Central Kentucky have been burning up among the nearly 50 incumbent and newly elected members and trustees of the Breeders’ Cup, who will be responsible for electing seven individuals to the 14 member operating board of directors in Lexington, Ky., on Friday. Five members of the board — Antony Beck, current […]

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