The American Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA) based in Lexington, Kentucky is a trade organization for Thoroughbred racehorse owners and breeders. Founded in 1961, the TOBA's stated mission is to "improve the economics, integrity and pleasure of the sport on behalf of Thoroughbred owners and breeders."
Through its American Graded Stakes Committee, the TOBA is responsible for annually evaluating and setting a Graded stakes race designation for races in the United States whose recent editions have consistently represented the highest quality competition. TOBA is also represented on the board of directors of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association as a founding member and on the American Horse Council. The Blood-Horse is a publication of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association.
Daniel J. Metzger has been president of the association since 1999.
Thoroughbred horse racing is a sport and industry involving the racing and hound racing of Thoroughbred horses. It is governed by different national bodies. There are two forms of the sport: flat racing and jump racing, called National Hunt racing in the UK and steeplechasing in the US. Jump racing can be further divided into hurdling and steeplechasing.
Keeneland Association, Inc. is an equine business based in Lexington, Kentucky. It includes two distinct divisions: the Keeneland Race Course, a Thoroughbred racing facility, and Keeneland Sales, a horse auction complex. It is also known for its reference library.
The Breeders' Cup Juvenile is a Thoroughbred horse race for 2-year-old colts and geldings raced on dirt. It is held annually in late October or early November at a different racetrack in the United States or Canada as part of the Breeders' Cup World Championships. The current purse is $2,000,000, making it the most valuable race for two-year-olds in North America. It is normally run at a distance of 1 1⁄16 miles.
The Breeders' Cup Turf is a Weight for Age Thoroughbred horse race on turf for three-year-olds and up. It is held annually at a different racetrack in the United States or Canada as part of the Breeders' Cup World Championships. The race's current title sponsor is Longines.
The Hutcheson Stakes is a Listed American Thoroughbred horse race for three-year-old horses, run over a distance of six furlongs held annually at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida. It currently offers a purse of $100,000.
A graded stakes race is a thoroughbred horse race in the United States that meets the criteria of the American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA). A specific grade level is then assigned to the race, based on statistical analysis of the quality of the field in previous years, provided the race meets the minimum purse criteria for the grade in question. In Canada, a similar grading system is maintained by the Jockey Club of Canada. Graded stakes races are similar to Group races in Europe but the grading is more dynamic in North America.
The Widener Handicap at Hialeah Park Race Track in Hialeah, Florida was a Grade III stakes race for Thoroughbred racehorses 3-years-old and up. It was run over a distance of 1 1⁄4 miles until 1993 when it was modified to 1 1⁄8 miles. Initially called the Widener Challenge Cup Handicap, the race was named for Hialeah Park owner Joseph E. Widener. It was first run in 1936 as the East Coast counterpart to the Santa Anita Handicap in California.
The Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf is an American Thoroughbred horse race for two-year-old horses, run on a grass course at a distance of one mile. It is part of the Breeders' Cup World Championships, the de facto year-end championship for North American thoroughbred racing. All Breeders' Cups to date have been conducted in the United States, with the exception of the 1996 event in Canada.
The Ohio Derby is an American Thoroughbred horse race held annually in mid-to-late June at Thistledown in North Randall, Ohio.
Kenneth G. McPeek is an American Thoroughbred racehorse trainer.
The Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf is a one-mile turf stakes race for thoroughbred fillies two years old. As its name implies, it is part of the Breeders' Cup World Championships, the de facto year-end championship for North American thoroughbred racing.
The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Stakes, is a Grade II American Thoroughbred horse race for three-year-olds and up, and contested on dirt at usually at a distance of 1 3⁄4 miles. The race has a purse of US$200,000.
The Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes is an American Grade II Thoroughbred horse race run annually in early October at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky. A six furlong sprint raced on dirt, it is open to fillies and mares, age three and older. It was run on Polytrack synthetic dirt from 2006–2013. The Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes is part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win and You're In" program which gives the annual winner entry into the Filly and Mare Sprint.
The Desert Stormer Handicap is an American Thoroughbred horse race held annually in mid May at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. Raced on dirt at a distance of six furlongs, it is open to fillies and mares age three and older. It was downgraded to a non-graded stakes after the 2005 Grade III edition, but was returned to Grade III status for the 2017 running.
Trudy V. McCaffery was a Thoroughbred racehorse owner-breeder in California who served on the board of directors of the Edwin J. Gregson Foundation, the NTRA Charities, the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association, the Oak Tree Racing Association, and the Thoroughbred Owners of California. She was also a trustee with the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association.
The Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint was an ungraded American Thoroughbred horse race established in 2011 as part of the annual Breeders' Cup World Championships. The race open to two-year-old colts, geldings and fillies carried a purse of $500,000.
The John A. Nerud Stakes is a Grade II American Thoroughbred horse race for horses aged three and up. It is held over a distance of seven furlongs on the dirt and is currently run in early July at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. Known as the James Marvin Stakes from 2008 to 2013 and the Belmont Sprint Championship Stakes from 2014 to 2018, the race is named for the late John Nerud, a prominent thoroughbred owner and trainer who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1972.
The West Virginia Governor's Stakes is a race for Thoroughbred horses run annually since 1997 at Mountaineer Racetrack in Chester, West Virginia. The $200,000 race is open to horses age three and older and is run at a distance of 1 1/16 miles on dirt. The race has grown in stature over the years and for 2018 the race has been given Grade 3 status.
The Belmont Turf Sprint Invitational Stakes is a Grade III American Thoroughbred horse race for thre-year-olds and older run over a distance of six furlongs on the turf track held annually in October at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. The event offers a purse of $150,000.