Following is an update for NCTA members that was not available at publication time for the September/October issue of American Racehorse.
Dear Fellow NCTA Members:
I cannot express how thrilled I am to be the President of this organization. From the moment I joined the North Carolina Thoroughbred Association (NCTA), I was eager to participate and help in any way I could. However, holding this office isn’t exactly what I had in mind but Joanne needed a break. I don’t exactly know what I am doing yet and I am certainly intimidated by some of the responsibilities. However, Joanne has offered her guidance and support to help me through. With that and a lot of hard work, I have hope.
I hope to meet and get to know each one of you. I hope that you will share your ideas, thoughts and suggestions with me and that we can implement the best of them. I hope the State will pass pari mutuel betting, someday. I hope that we can raise more money by sponsoring all Thoroughbred horse shows, holding online and silent auctions and social fundraising events. I hope that we will increase our membership with, not only racing enthusiast, but also with OTTB horse show competitors, rescuers and other Thoroughbred owners. I hope that you will continue to be proud of being apart of the NCTA and want to contribute to our success. Mostly though, I hope not to be judged too harshly.
Many thanks go to Joanne Dew for her unrelenting dedication and eleven years of serving as President of the NCTA. While doing some research, I discovered many state associations, similar to ours, have dissolved or became inactive in recent years, including those with tracks and pari mutuel betting. Not only has Joanne kept the NCTA alive, she created partnerships with organizations, such as Thoroughbred Incentive Program, which provides us with greater exposure to a new demographic of potential members. Although she has resigned her former position, her talents and vision remain on the Board. Joanne will function as Secretary.
I am keen to start learning as much as I can so that I can execute my duties with confidence. But, priorities being what they are, that’s after I get back from Saratoga. So, if you will be there and are at the track from August 20 – 29 and want to meet to say hello or have a drink, let me know. I can think of no better place to make new friends or exchange horse stories with old ones.
Cheers to a bright future. Let’s have some fun.
President, North Carolina Thoroughbred Association
BEACH PATROL (Lemon Drop Kid- Bashful Bertie by Quiet American) was a WINNER at Arlington Park on August 13, 2016 going 1 ¼ miles on the Turf in a $450,000 SECRETARIAT STAKES RACE GRADE I. The three-year-old colt broke well, placed outside after the break on the first turn, running in third, took the lead at the quarter pole, dueled with rival and would not be passed, his stretch run to take the win by a head. He was bred by Nancy Shuford.
DANIEL DID IT (Trajectory-Flashy Anna by bold n’ Flashy) was a WINNER at Laurel Park on August 7, 2016 going 6 furlongs in a Claiming Race. The 5-year-old gelding sprinted to an early lead, saved ground on the turn, was well clear mid-stretch, had to work in the final furlong to win by a head. He is owned in a partnership with Hillary Robinson.
DARING KATHY (Wildcat Heir-Dare to Mambo, by Kingmambo) was a WINNER at Gulfstream Park on August 6, 2016 going 1 mile in a 75,000 3rd Running of the Soaring Softly Stakes Race. The 5-year-old mare took the lead at the start, angled to the rail on the first turn, rated, still unasked at the quarter pole, was encouraged entering the lane pulled away under right handed urging, finished wrapped up in decisively by 5 ¼ lengths. She is owned by Steve Laymon in a partnership with J Eaton.
SHEA D GIRL (Paddy O’ Prado- Adaligisa, by Spinning World) was a WINNER at Monmouth Park on August 5, 2016 going 1 mile in a Claiming Race. The 3-year-old filly set the pace on the inside and pulled away much the best today. She is owned by Danny Shea.
DUKE OF LUKE (Kantharos-Lovemeaton by Wheaton) was a WINNER at Canterbury Park on August 14, 2016, going 6 furlongs in a Claiming Race. The four-year-old gelding raced reserved in last, angled inside, switched outside on the turn five wide with a steady response deep in the stretch to prevail at the wire. He was bred by Nancy Shuford.
VINO TOSE GRAND (Vineyard Haven- Kokie Grand by Kokand) was a WINNER at Charles Town on August 13, 2016 going 7 furlongs in a Maiden Claiming Race. The three-year-old filly settled off the pace, to the lead four wide leaving the five sixteenths pole, rounded the turn, dug into hold for the win. She is owned and bred by Clinton Lowry.
MAGPIE MAGGIE (Chelsea Cat-Ruggles by Strawberry Road) was a WINNER at Charles Town on August 12, 2016 going 1 1/16 miles in a Claiming Race. The four-year-old filly made a bid nearing the seven sixteenths pole, progressed steadily rounding the far turn, was three wide and dug in to take the head bob under the wire. She is owned and bred by Nancy Shuford.
MAGPIE MAGGIE placed second at Charles Town on July 23, 2016 going 1 1/8 miles in a Claiming Race. She settled off the pace inside, dropped back significantly in the front stretch, made a bid near the three-eighths pole and steadily improved through the turn, entered the stretch on the rail and finished evenly. Owned by Nancy Shuford.
TOBIAS placed second at Delaware Park on July 27, 2016 going 1 mile 70 yards in an Allowance Race. He rallied into the stretch, reached the front in deep stretch to place second. He is owned by Johnny Eason in a partnership.
VINO ROSE GRAND placed second at Charles Town on July 28, 2016 going 6 ½ furlongs in a Maiden Claiming Race. The 3-year-old filly took the lead, moved up in the quarter, but got outrun through the final sixteenth. She is bred and owned by Clinton Lowry.
MUGGLES was second at Presque Isle Downs on August 2, 2016 going 1 mile 70 yards in a Claiming race. The 3-year-old filly rallied at the quarter pole and drew even on the front runners, took clear lead in the stretch and was caught late to place second by a neck. She was bred by Nancy Shuford.
AWESOME GHOST placed second at Monmouth Park on August 7, 2016 going 5 ½ furlongs in a Claiming Race. The tree year old gelding by ghostbuster chased four wide on the turn, closed on the turn and dug in to hold the place by ½ length. He was bred by Elizabeth Muirhead and owned by Richard, Frank, and Sidney.
LEWIS MEADOW placed second at Charles Town on August 11, 2016 going 4 ½ furlongs in a Claiming Race. The 5-year-old mare gave chase in the three path in the backstretch, saved ground in the stretch along the rail, was second best under the wire. She is owned by Hillary Robinson in a partnership.
QUICK SELECTION placed second at Hazel Park on August 12, 2016 going 5 ½ furlongs in a Maiden Special Weight. The three-year-old gelding raced midfield after the break, bid gamely and closed well late to place second. He is owned in a partnership with Ralph Moore.
ALLEGHENY JACK placed second at Charles Town on August 12, 2016 going 1 1/8 miles in a Claiming Race. The seven-year-old gelding settled off the pace two deep, bid near the three-eighths pole was closest to the winner at the wire. He is owned and bred by Clinton Lowry.
ALLEGHENY OFCOURSE was third at Mountaineer Park on July 31, 2016 going 6 furlongs in an Allowance race. The 3-year-old gelding settled mid-pack, bid five wide in upper stretch, secured third place in deep stretch. He is owned and bred by Clinton Lowry.
FITZFARRIS placed third at Parx Park on August 2, 2016 going 6 furlongs in a Claiming Race. He was fractious in the gate, angled towards the rail to place third. He was bred by Nancy Shuford.
FITZFARRIS placed third at Charles Town on August 6, 2016 going 6 ½ furlongs in an Allowance Race. The 4-year-old gelding raced up close just off the pace, was wide through the turn, dueled gamely down the lane to outrun closing rival, to take third by a head. He is bred and owned by Nancy Shuford.
DOTHAT DANCE was third at Laurel Park on August 6, 2016 going 1 1/16th miles in an Allowance Race. The 3-year-old gelding saved ground, angles out at the sixteenth pole and bid between horses, was up for third. He was bred by Jim Chandley.
TALIESIN placed third at Assiniboia Downs on August 5, 2016 going 7 furlongs in a Claiming Race. The 5-year-old mare forced the pace outside along the backstretch, was challenged on the turn, rallied evenly to finish third. She was bred by Jim Chandley.
DOUBLE THE CHEERS ran third at Parx Racing on August 9, 2016 going about 5 furlongs in a Starter Allowance. The four-year-old gelding vied between rivals, continued gamely to the finish for show honor. He was bred by Elizabeth Muirhead.
MICHEAL’S TRIBUTE placed third at Penn National on August 12, 2016 going 5 ½ furlongs in a Claiming Race. The five-year-old mare chased the pace on the outside, closed quickly to take the show honor. She was bred by Jim Chandley.