International Star Takes Risen Star at Fair Grounds

February 23, 2015 –  International Star won the $400,000 Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds Saturday and took the lead on the list of this year’s leading Thoroughbreds in North America with $360,000 in purses earned. The 3-year-old son of Fusaichi Pegasus is trained by Michael Maker, owned by Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey and was ridden by Miguel Mena.

Upstart, who finished first in the $400,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream but was disqualified and placed second to Itsaknockout, moved into second place on the equine standings with $315,680. Shared Belief is third with $300,000.

Javier Castellano maintains his position atop the jockeys’ standings with $2,863,506. Irad Ortiz, Jr. is second with $1,986,058 and his brother Jose Ortiz is third with $1,908,790.

Todd Pletcher, who saddled Itsaknockout, moved into the lead in the trainers’ standings with $2,375,992. Jerry Hollendorfer is second with $2,259,043 and Maker moved into third with $1,301,705

Equine earnings are for all starters of at least one race in North America and include earnings from all international races. Trainer and jockey standings are for North American-based individuals but include earnings from select international races.

For a listing of the weekly leaders for horses, trainers, and jockeys through February 22, 2015, click here.
Notable News:

The Jockey Club Purchases Majority Ownership Stake in Blood-Horse

Friday, February 27, 2015 Contact: Bob Curran Jr. (212) 521-5326
Jockey Club Release

The Jockey Club and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA) announced today that The Jockey Club Information Systems Inc. has purchased a majority ownership interest in Blood-Horse magazine. The purchase also includes related digital and custom printing properties of Blood-Horse, the Stallion Register, and Blood-Horse’s 50% interest in TrueNicks LLC.

The announcement was made jointly by Ogden Mills Phipps, chairman of The Jockey Club, and Peter S. Willmott, chairman of TOBA.

“The Jockey Club stewards believe that a publication with the history, influence and brand recognition of Blood-Horse is a considerable asset for the Thoroughbred breeding and racing industry and that there are certain synergies that will make it an even stronger entity as a result of this transaction,” said Phipps.

“TOBA and its predecessor breeders organization have been the sole owner of Blood-Horse since 1935,” said Willmott. “With the considerable changes underway in the publishing industry, it is our strong feeling that a partnership with The Jockey Club in ownership of Blood-Horse will enhance Blood-Horse’s ability to serve its customers, especially on digital platforms.”

Simultaneously with the closing, Blood-Horse announced the appointment of John K. Keitt Jr. as chief executive officer and publisher. Keitt has served as a senior executive, corporate attorney, and consultant with broad experience in the media and technology areas. He was the senior vice president of Global Business for The Associated Press in New York City from 2003 – 2006, and he has also been a business and legal advisor to a wide range of Thoroughbred industry organizations since 1986.

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In January 1946, the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau (TRPB) was incorporated as a private investigative agency whose principal mission was to address issues of integrity and security in the Thoroughbred horse racing industry. A wholly-owned subsidiary of the TRA, TRPB represents a unified effort by TRA-member racetrack associations to maintain high standards, protect the legitimate business interests and integrity of the sport, and foster and maintain public confidence.

Upcoming Industry Events:
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* Organization of Racing Investigators Conference
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March 1-4, 2015
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February 4-8, 2015
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Omni Hotel Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX
March 6-9, 2015
* ARCI Roundtable on Equine Welfare & Medication
Grand Hyatt Resort, Tampa, Fla
April 21-23, 2015
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July 8, 2015
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Sheraton Sand Key Resort, Clearwater Beach, FL
October 5-7, 2015
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The scholarship, co-sponsored by Vanderbilt, is awarded annually to an entering freshman at Vanderbilt who plans a career in sports journalism. In order to apply, high school seniors must apply for admission and complete the online Cornelius Vanderbilt scholarship application. Contact the Office of Student Financial Aid and Undergraduate Scholarships, Vanderbilt University, 2309 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203-1721; (615) 322-3591 or email

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Subsidiaries of the TRA and The Jockey Club formed Equibase in a 1990 partnership to accumulate the racing data necessary for the unfettered growth of simulcast wagering. Prior to that time, the Daily Racing Form had been the sole collector of chart data and the dissemination of past performance information.

Recognizing the broadest possible availability of race data in daily racing programs was integral to the growth of simulcasting revenues for the tracks, the TRA found The Jockey Club a capable and eager partner in undertaking the technological and logistical issues association with building a data information company.

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