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
“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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