thoroughbred idea foundation

Thoroughbred Idea Foundation Offers Free ‘Prop Betting’ Contests To Benefit Jockey Charities

Beginning Saturday, July 13, the Thoroughbred Idea Foundation (TIF) is launching a series of free-to-enter contests over the next eight Saturdays in which participants will answer a series of prop-style questions, similar to offerings in states with legalized sports betting. Those with the highest scores each week, and overall, will win the right to direct charitable […]

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Jeff O’Reilly Wins TIF Belmont Challenge To Benefit Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund

Horseplayer Jeff O’Reilly was the only participant out of 211 entrants to correctly select 16 of 19 “props” in the Thoroughbred Idea Foundation’s (TIF) Belmont Day Challenge. As a result, the Pennsylvania resident won the chance to direct $1,000 to the racing-related 501(c)(3) charity of his choice – the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. The TIF […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Nexus Provides ‘A Newer Concept In Racing’

Horse racing executives have long been sitting in dusty board rooms trying to envision new ways to broaden the sport’s reach to include a younger generation of fans, but 20-somethings Dare Sutton and Sam Bussanich were a step ahead with an idea birthed in 2016. Neither grew up in racing, however, and the prohibitive costs […]

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Thoroughbred Idea Foundation Backs Switch To ‘Category 1’ Horse Racing Interference Rules

The stewards correctly applied the rules, as written in Kentucky, when demoting Maximum Security in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby. But would a different set of stewards, perhaps in a different state and with different wording within those rules, have made the same decision? Is it not slightly maddening to think that the rules of racing across […]

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Thoroughbred Idea Foundation: More Extensive Vet Exams, Transparent Records, Equine Retirement Accounts

The final two of five recommendation-laden visions were released by the Thoroughbred Idea Foundation, two days following its call for industry-wide compromise on divisive issues that have fragmented the sport. Friday’s release included the visions of Maggi Moss (integrity and welfare) and John Sikura (communications and marketing). Their ideas joined those of Marshall Gramm (wagering and […]

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Thoroughbred Idea Foundation: A Centralized Authority Is Possible, If Racing Is Willing To Compromise

Three of five recommendation-laden visions were released by the Thoroughbred Idea Foundation one day following its call for industry-wide compromise on divisive issues that have fragmented the sport. Penned by professionals in different sectors of the industry – Marshall Gramm (wagering and innovation), Rick Hammerle (race planning and administration) and Brad Weisbord (owners’ services and recruitment) […]

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Thoroughbred Idea Foundation: Industry Must Come Together On Lasix Issue

The sport which brings us together is at a turning point. We have been divided for far too long on a variety of issues that impact our business. Most notably, the “Lasix debate” has been a debilitating one, inhibiting our collective ability to move ahead. The time has come for the industry to compromise – […]

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HBPA Panel: Paying For Basic Data Puts Racing At Disadvantage

To grow its consumer base and revenue, horse racing must change the way it does business — including giving away free past-performance information that horseplayers use to handicap before placing bets. That belief was expressed repeatedly throughout Wednesday’s first day of panels and presentations at the National HBPA Convention at the Sheraton Sand Key. The […]

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Thoroughbred Idea Foundation: Equibase Needs To Make Racing Data Free

The Thoroughbred Idea Foundation’s (TIF) latest paper, “Embracing a Future with Free Racing Data,” calls on industry data collector and provider Equibase to propel racing into the analytics era.  “The founders of Equibase launched the company out of necessity – racing needed control of its own data – but they framed the company’s purpose broadly, […]

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Upcoming HBPA Convention: ‘Finding Ways For Horse Racing To Do Things Better’

Finding ways for horse racing to do things better is the overarching theme of the National HBPA Convention March 12-16 at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort in Clearwater Beach, Fla. That also is the mission of the new Thoroughbred Idea Foundation, a horse-racing think tank whose representatives form the March 13 keynote panel at the annual convention staged […]

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