thoroughbred racing associations of north america

View From The Eighth Pole: Lessons From The Past About Toothless Tigers And Herding Cats

Twenty-five years ago, Brian McGrath was introduced during a luncheon at the 21 Club in midtown Manhattan as horse racing’s first “commissioner.” Well, maybe not the commissioner for all of horse racing – just for the racetracks who were members of Thoroughbred Racing Associations, which had hired him. McGrath had no juice with regulatory bodies, […]

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No More Lip: TRPB Set For 2020 Digital Tattoo Mandate

With the introduction of a digital tattoo system now less than four months away, the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau (TRPB) announced that it has conducted technician training in 25 states and five Canadian provinces, and that more than 900 Thoroughbreds have already received their digital tattoos. The new system is scheduled for full implementation by […]

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TRPB Going Digital: Lip Tattoos To Be Discontinued By 2020

The Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau (TRPB), an investigative agency formed in 1946 by the Thoroughbred Racing Associations of North America to protect the integrity of the sport, has announced the introduction of the digital tattoo system, scheduled for full implementation by Jan. 1, 2020. The announcement was made by J. Curtis Linnell, executive vice president […]

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Equibase Employs GPS Technology In Tests To Collect Workout Data At Keeneland

Equibase Company, in partnership with Keeneland and at the request of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, conducted a test at the Lexington, Ky., track to collect workout data using global positioning satellite (GPS) technology, it was announced Wednesday. Equibase currently has GPS systems at Woodbine Racetrack, Golden Gate Fields, Laurel Park, and Pimlico, and is […]

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Wilson: New Technologies, Customer-Centric Products Key To Equibase’s Future

Jason Wilson in March 2016 was named president and chief operating officer of Equibase, a limited liability company formed in 1990 by The Jockey Club and member tracks of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations of North America that took over collection, storage and management of racing data and distribution of past performance information. Prior to the […]

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Scherf Announces Retirement From TRA

Christopher Scherf, executive vice president of The Thoroughbred Racing Associations of North America (TRA), announced his retirement effective this October at the TRA Board of Directors meeting today in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. He served as manager of press relations for the New York Racing Association from 1978 to 1982. He was named to executive vice […]

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Pope: How to Establish ‘Authority’ in U.S. Racing

(How can horse racing shift the balance of power from trainers and racetracks to horse owners? In the second of a two-part series on authority in U.S. racing, Lexington advertising executive Fred Pope suggests starting with two changes in the Interstate Horseracing Act. –Ray Paulick) In a previous article we looked at failed attempts to […]

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Establishing a Talent-Based Authority in Racing

(Editor’s Note: For more than 20 years, Lexington advertising executive Fred Pope has advocated a business model for horse racing that collectively puts the owners of the best horses in a position of authority through the creation of a “major league” for the sport. The recent PETA allegations and complaints filed with federal, state and […]

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Hayward: Time to Give Up on a National Commission

In a recent editorial for Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, Charles Hayward declared that it is time to stop hoping for a national commissioner to organize racing. Hayward pointed to two attempts at creating a centralized authority–the Thoroughbred Racing Associations, and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, which have fallen short of their goals to regulate racing on a […]

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