July Membership Meeting: Bill Oppenheim

Next Membership Meeting:

Bill Oppenheim

July 13th, 2016 at Copper Roux


Bill oppenheimBILL OPPENHEIM was born August 7, 1949, in Kansas City, Missouri. He grew up in Kansas, and graduated with B.A. (1971) and M.A. (1974) degrees in English from his hometown Wichita State University. He has worked professionally in the thoroughbred business ever since, as a journalist, market analyst, and consultant. He worked in New Zealand as a journalist for the INL Print stable of publications in 1974-75, and in Louisiana, as the editor of the bimonthly Louisiana Horse magazine from 1976-79. In 1978 he started the twice-monthly newsletter Racing Update with his then-employer, the late Jack Lohman, and he moved to Lexington, Kentucky, as the publication’s Editor and Publisher in 1979. During the first Golden Age of Thoroughbred Breeding (1978-1985), Racing Update, which took no advertising (imagine that today!) and existed entirely by subscription, and Oppenheim became known as the independent analysts used by industry professionals. During that time they originated the APEX method of stallion ratings; took over and developed Catalog Update, the forerunner of today’s sales supplement books; and originated Barn Order lists, which are now included in most sales catalogs, as well as many other analytical innovations.

In 1993 Bill moved to Scotland with his wife, Lou, a British native, and he sold Racing Update in 1995. Since 2000 he has been a weekly columnist (usually on Wednesdays) for the industry’s leading internet daily, Thoroughbred Daily News, for which he has now written over 500 columns and counting. Bill has also worked as a consultant to horse operations for over thirty years. His private matings consultancy clients have bred 13 Classic winners since 1992, including two winners of the G1 Epsom Derby and two winners of the G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, and he has also done consulting work for sales companies, industry and trade organizations, and many other industry professionals. In 2008 he was elected as a Member of the Breeders’ Cup ‘big board’, and he served on the Breeders’ Cup Racing and Nominations subcommittee which helped originate its International Stallion Nominations program in 2011.

2016 KTFMC Golf Scramble

KTFMC
24th Annual Challenge Cup Scramble

Greetings and welcome to the 24th renewal of the Challenge Cup Golf Scramble. This year our event will be held on June 21, 2016 at The University Club. Registration will begin at 11:00 AM and we will tee-off at 12:00 PM. For those of you returning, you know how much fun this event is. For those new to the scramble, we hope you too have fun on the course and know that you are also contributing to a worthy cause.

This year the proceeds from the scramble will primarily benefit the Kentucky Equine Management Internship program (KEMI), as well as, the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF). The Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club is grateful for your continued support and looks forward to raising additional funds for these wonderful programs.

This is your invitation to participate in the Challenge Cup Golf Scramble as a Corporate Sponsor, Hole Sponsor, and four person team. As a reminder, all four person teams will be required to have an A, B, C and D player on their teams. This year we will once again be allowing the entry of individuals. Individuals electing to enter as such, will be placed on a team upon arrival at the Challenge. In addition to our regular sponsorships, we would like to remind everyone that we are open to new sponsorship ideas, and also have room in our goodie bags for items. Attached you will find a link directing you to the appropriate forms and we can also be reached at golfscramble@ktfmc.org.

This year, teams will be provided with a boxed lunch at the start and a BBQ cookout during the awards ceremony. Snacks and beverages will also be readily available throughout the course.

Prizes will be awarded to teams from each course for first thru third. Once again this year, we will have a playoff between the first place teams from each course to crown an overall champion. In addition to prizes, the champions will also have their name engraved upon the perpetual trophy. For the third consecutive year, corporate sponsors will be eligible for a prize only for them, and will be randomly drawn during the awards ceremony.

Thank you for your consideration. We look forward to another wonderful year on the course, raising money for two very deserving causes!

  • Box lunch will be provided in the carts, and a barbecue dinner will follow the golf scramble. Beer, water, and soft drinks will be provided on the course, please do not bring your own.
  • There will be a first, second and third place team winner for both courses and an overall champion team decided by a one hole playoff between the first place team from each course.
  • The team closest to the pin and team with the longest drive will also be awarded prizes.
  • Dress Code: All guests must wear appropriate golf attire. This would exclude items such as cut-off, tanks, t-shirts, and jeans.
  • Teams should have an A,B,C, and D level player. A minimum of two drives per player must be used during the 18 holes of play. Teams are formed without KTFMC input, but individual entries will be placed on a team that is not full by our Golf Scramble committee members.

 

Corporate Sponsor:

For the $1,200 corporate sponsorship fee you will receive:

  • One four player team
  • Signage at the event
  • Recognition in the 2014 KTFMC membership directory
  • Box lunches
  • Barbeque Dinner
  • Entry into a raffle restricted to corporate sponsors
  • Goody Bag for Each Player

Team Entry:

For the $400 team entry fee you will receive:

  • One four player team
  • Box lunches
  • Barbeque Dinner
  • Goody Bag for each Player

Hole Sponsor:

For the $250 hole sponsor fee you will receive:

  • Signage and/or representation at a golf hole during the KTFMC Challenge Cup.

Individual Entry:

For the $100 individual entry fee you will receive:

  • An individual spot on a team to be determined by the KTFMC Challenge Cup Committee
  • A Box lunch
  • Barbeque Dinner
  • A Goody Bag

If you would have questions, have something to include in the Goody Bags or you want to do something extra, please email our Golf Scramble Committee at golfscramble@ktfmc.org.

2016 KTFMC Trail Ride & Picnic

The “Don Snellings” Trail Ride
&
KTFMC Summer Picnic

Save the Date
When: June 5th, 2016
Where: The Life adventure Center
570 Milner Rd, Versailles, Kentucky 40383

Cost:
 Trail Ride:      All  riders are $10
Picnic:      Adults $5 / Kids are Free

     The Life Adventure Center (LAC) in Versailles is part of the largest wooded area in Woodford County and has miles of trails for every type of rider. After the ride  join in a BBQ picnic cooked by Thin Blue Smoke BBQ. During the picnic LAC will open their climbing wall and zip lines wall for the KTFMC! Along with a hay ride, bouncy house and a possible kickball rematch, there will plenty of fun for all ages!

11:30-12:30
Ride Registration

12:30-2:30
Trail Ride

2:30 – 5:30
Picnic & Family Activities
Zip Lines, Climbing Wall, Hay Ride, Bouncy House & Games!

Things to Know:

  • To Participate in activities at Life Adventure Center you must turn in a completed Consent Form. They will have them on site to fill out or you can click here and download the form now.
  • Zip line participants must be at least 9 years old and fit securely into the harness to be allowed to participate. They must also be able to complete a 30 foot climb.  Staff will make the determination on site for those in question.
  • The Club is providing the same fabulous pulled meat and cowboy baked beans and potato salad as last year along with water and soft drinks. You are welcome to bring what you want to contribute!
  • The words “kickball” and “rematch” have been tossed out there, so make sure you are dressed for any activity that you may join in!

For more details about Life Adventure center visit their
Website  or their Facebook Page.

Register Here

Next Membership Meeting: Steve Koch

Next Membership Meeting:

Steve Koch

“Racetrack operations, industry integrity, and economic insight.”

May 25th, 2016 at Fasig Tipton

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Toronto Ont.Sept14, 2014.Woodbine Racetrack.WEG Vice President thorougbred racing .Steve Koch. michael burns photo
Toronto Ont.Sept14, 2014.Woodbine Racetrack.WEG Vice President thorougbred racing .Steve Koch. michael burns photo

Steve Koch joined the NTRA in 2015 as the Executive Director of the Safety & Integrity Alliance, the thoroughbred industry’s accreditation program for national uniform racetrack safety and integrity standards. The 23 Alliance accredited racetracks host 90% of graded stakes and over 70% of wagering on thoroughbred races in the United States and Canada.

Steve previously served 12 years at Canada’s Woodbine Racetrack, where he was Vice President of Racing from 2008 to 2015. As vice president he oversaw all aspects of the Thoroughbred racing product as well as the company’s Racing Surfaces, Grounds and Stables, and Fleet divisions. During Steve’s term as vice president Woodbine enjoyed 40% wagering growth, continuous industry Best Practice ratings from the Safety & Integrity Alliance, and a considerable rebound from the collapse of Ontario’s Slots at Racetracks Program. In 2014/2015 Steve lead the business case and decision process that culminated in Woodbine’s $8 million main track synthetic surface replacement in 2016.

Throughout his career Steve has leveraged thoroughbred industry data for unique economic and business analyses. His series of econometric wagering demand models have been discussed at industry forums such as the University of Arizona Global Symposium on Racing and the University of Louisville Equine Business Program.

Prior to Woodbine, Steve worked for Keeneland and he was raised as a horseman at Claiborne Farm in Paris, Kentucky. He holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Kentucky.

Steve participates on various industry boards including the Racing Officials Accreditation Program, Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory, The American Horse Council’s Unwanted Horse Coalition, and the Welfare and Safety Summit’s Racing Equipment & Safety Committee.

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 • RSVP’s must be in by 5 p.m. May 20th, 2016.
• No RSVP’s will be taken after the deadline.
• Walk-in seating very limited.
• Registration begins at 6:15 P.M. at Fasig Tipton
• Dinner begins at 7:00 P.M.
• Cash, Check and Credit Card payments accepted at the door.
• Please list names of all attendees when making reservations.
Do NOT RSVP by  Email,  follow the appropriate link below to guarantee your RSVP will be received.

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Next Membership Meeting: Kurt Becker

Next Membership Meeting:

Kurt Becker

“Announcing at Keeneland: An Exercise in Restraint.”

April 13th, 2016 at Copper Roux

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Kurt BeckerKurt Becker was hired in the spring of 1997 to be the first track announcer in Keeneland history. A native of Illinois, he had previously called races on the Chicago circuit. Kurt also serves as an announcer for the Keeneland sales, a position which he has held since 2000, and he is an analyst for Horse Racing Radio Network’s coverage of the Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup. A graduate of Southern Illinois University, Kurt also serves as a play-by-play announcer for Motor Racing Network’s coverage of NASCAR racing, in addition to working as an announcer for Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Events.

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 • RSVP’s must be in by 5 p.m. April 10th, 2016.
• No RSVP’s will be taken after the deadline.
• Walk-in seating very limited.
• Registration begins at 6:15 P.M. at Copper Roux
• Dinner begins at 7:00 P.M.
• Cash, Check and Credit Card payments accepted at the door.
• Please list names of all attendees when making reservations.
Do NOT RSVP by  Email,  follow the appropriate link below to guarantee your RSVP will be received.

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Next Membership Meeting – Andy Barr

Next Membership Meeting:

Andy Barr

Promoting Kentucky’s Signature Thoroughbred Industry

March 30th, 2016 at Keeneland in the Phoenix Room

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Andy BarrAndy Barr has served as the U.S. Representative for Kentucky’s Sixth Congressional District since 2013.  A member of the Committee on Financial Services, he is committed to creating a better environment for job creation and economic growth.

Barr is focused on strengthening Kentucky’s signature industries, and serves as co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Horse Caucus.  His immediate priorities include promoting economic growth to increase wages for Kentucky families, restoring common sense and fiscal sanity to Washington, and keeping the American people safe.

 He and his wife, Carol, are the proud parents of two daughters, Eleanor and Mary Clay.

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 • RSVP’s must be in by 5 p.m. March 26th, 2016.
• No RSVP’s will be taken after the deadline.
• Walk-in seating very limited.
• Registration begins at 6:15 P.M. at Keeneland
• Dinner begins at 7:00 P.M.
• Cash, Check and Credit Card payments accepted at the door.
• Please list names of all attendees when making reservations.
Do NOT RSVP by  Email,  follow the appropriate link below to guarantee your RSVP will be received.

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Last chance to register for Feb. 24th Meeting

Please note this meeting is a pint night (bring us a pint of colostrum and a pint is on us)!

Also note that 2016 KTFMC Directories will be available for pickup for members that have paid their 2016 dues. If you have questions about dues, email Linda Serafini at billing@ktfmc.org or pay your dues at https://ktfmc.org/membership-dues/.

Next Membership Meeting:

Dr. Martin Nielsen

February 24th, 2016 at Fasig Tipton

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Providing solutions for equine parasite control.

Dr. Nielsen’s research is focused on methods for diagnosis and control of equine parasites of veterinary importance.

  • RSVP’s must be in by 5 p.m. February 20th, 2016.
    • No RSVP’s will be taken after the deadline.
    • Walk-in seating very limited.
    • Registration begins at 6:15 P.M. at Fasig Tipton
    • Dinner begins at 7:00 P.M.
    • Cash, Check and Credit Card payments accepted at the door.
    • Please list names of all attendeeswhen making reservations.
    • Do NOT RSVP by  Email,  follow the appropriate link below to guarantee your RSVP will be received.

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Ted Bates Obituary and Funeral Arrangements

Theodore Bright Bates

Thursday, October 4, 1923 – Friday, January 22, 2016

 Obituary

Ted BatesTheodore Bright Bates Sr., 92, of Lexington, husband of Evelyn Nash Bates, died Friday, January 22, 2016. He was the son of the late Theodore Willis and Mary Louise Bright Bates and was a renowned horseman.

He graduated from Male High School in Louisville, KY in 1941, and after recovering from a multi-year bout with tuberculosis, received his BS degree in Agriculture from the University of Kentucky in 1952.

He was a valued member of Central Christian Church, where he was a former elder, and was also a member of the Eminence Christian Church in Eminence, KY. His many other memberships included the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, the Lexington Club and Lexington Country Club, as well as serving as past Presidents of the Thoroughbred Club of America, the Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (KY Chapter), University of KY Alumni Association, and a Board Trustee at the University of Kentucky for 13 years. In addition to serving these organizations Ted was a giver of his time to many individuals, always happy to be a mentor and a friend. His family was very important to him, as well as his Thoroughbreds, dogs, and his association with the University of Kentucky academic and athletic programs.

Besides his wife, survivors include one son, Theodore Bright Bates Jr., Lexington; one daughter, Eve Bates (Steven) Greathouse, Midway, KY; two grandchildren, Natalie Greathouse, Louisville, KY, and Steven Richard Greathouse, Ashville, NC, and one beloved dog, Cracker.

Funeral service will be 1:00 PM Friday at Central Christian Church with visitation beginning at 10 AM. A private family burial will be at the Eminence Cemetery in Eminence, KY.

In lieu of flowers contributions are suggested to the Central Christian Church Building Fund and Hospice of the Bluegrass.

Milward Funeral Home is handling his arrangements: http://milward.mem.com/Obituary/6770199/98642978/98677152?title=Obituary

Ted Bates Passing

Ted Bates presenting The Ted Bates Farm Manager of the Year, Scooter Hughes with his Julep Cup2We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Ted Bates this weekend. Ted Bates has been a long time influential member of KTFMC. He served as Club President in 1961, and was honored as Farm Manager of the Year in 1993. Mr. Bates has also been an integral part of the Farm Manager of the Year selection for many years. He will be greatly missed throughout the industry and especially within our club. We will forward the details of his funeral arrangements as we receive them.

The following was put together by Alfred Nuckols about Mr. Bates last year when the Club renamed the Farm Manager of the Year Award.

Ted, born Theodore Bright Bates in 1923 in Carrollton, Kentucky comes from a farming background that includes his grandfather, Newton Bright, who served several terms in the Kentucky Senate and then was elected Commissioner of Agriculture. As a boy, Ted moved from Carrollton to Eminence where his grandfather’s farms were located and where his father, Theodore W. Bates, began his law career in nearby New Castle. Ted later moved with his family to Louisville and graduated from Louisville Male High School. Ted always considered Eminence “home” and moved back there after high school where he spent a lot of time with his grandparents working on their farms as well as others in the area. Ted eventually continued his education at the University of Kentucky where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture.

Ted’s first job in the Thoroughbred industry was at Coldstream Ted Bates with Past Farm Manager of the Year Sandy Hatfield2Farm under farm manager, Charlie Kenney.  Charlie also happened to have a foreman working for him by the name of Melvin Cinnamon who Ted developed a lifelong friendship with.  Ted said, “Mr. Kenney taught me the horse business, and Melvin Cinnamon taught me horse husbandry.” Not able to afford marriage on his salary at Coldstream, Ted became the assistant county extension agent for Shelby County and shortly thereafter married his wife, Evelyn Nash.

In 1956 Melvin Cinnamon convinced Ted to become his assistant manager at Maine Chance Farm owned by Elizabeth Arden Graham. Not an easy lady to work for, Melvin Cinnamon, taking Ted with him, moved to Calumet in 1958 for Mrs. Gene Markey after her manager, Mr. Paul Eblehardt, was struck by lightning while playing golf and never completely recovered. In a career there lasting five years, Ted worked with a great roster of stallions headed by the premiere sire, Bull Lea. Ted’s favorite horse while at Calumet was Triple Crown Champion Citation who impressed him with his speed, determination and intelligence.

While managing Foxtail Farm on Keene Road in Nicholasville, Fasig-Tipton approached Ted about bringing that sales company back to Kentucky and hired him as general manager in 1970. After a breeding stock and mixed sale the first few years, the decision was made to have a yearling sale in 1974. Fasig-Tipton had lost its lease at the Thoroughbred Training Center and leased Henry Alexander’s farm on the Old Frankfort Pike where two barns were built for their first yearling sale.  Out of that first July Sale of forty-eight yearlings came Derby and Belmont winner, Bold Forbes, and Preakness winner, Elocutionist. The next year Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew came out of the Fasig-Tipton July Sale and Fasig-Tipton was firmly established as an auction house once again in Central Kentucky.

Feeling an orientation towards the farm, Ted left Fasig-Tipton in 1978 and worked as manager of Wimbledon Farm for Hilary Boone for four years and then served a brief stint with BKY farm. After this he served in an advisory capacity for Paul Miller and Kermit Blackburn. When Elmer Whitaker had a dispersal of his stock, Ted moved onto a tract of Bwamazon Farm on the Paris Pike where he started and maintained his own breeding, boarding, breaking and sales operation under the banner of Ted Bates Farm for more than twenty-two years.  Probably one of his favorite runners during this time was a filly named Miss Landy who was named for one of Ted’s best clients over the years, Ms. Landy Armstrong, a New Jersey lady who bred and raced the dam of Miss Landy, the stakes winning mare All the Vees. When she died, Ted bought All the Vees from her estate and continued to keep her there and breed her.

Ted has been the recipient of many honors and has held many offices over the years in addition to being a Past President, Farm Manager of the Year and permanent member of the Farm Manager of the Year selection committee for the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers’ Club. He has served as a trustee for the University of Kentucky and is a past president of the University of Kentucky Alumni Association. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of Fasig-Tipton and is currently a Director Emeritus of Fasig –Tipton. He has also served as the 1976-77 President of the Thoroughbred Club of America. Ted is the 2013 recipient of the TOBA Hardboot Breeders Award which pays tribute to distinctive but unsung breeders that help make up the backbone of the Thoroughbred industry.  He is also the father of Ted Bates, a vice president at Hilliard Lyons in Lexington, and Eve Bates Greathouse, a Scott County resident.

It is with great admiration, respect and gratitude for you and your service that the Club renames the Thoroughbred Farm Manager of the Year award in your honor. By proclamation of the officers and board of directors of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers’ Club, it shall henceforth be known as the “Ted Bates Thoroughbred Farm Manager of the Year Award”.

January 19th Membership Meeting

Next Membership Meeting:

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles

January 19th, 2015 at
Copper Roux

861 South Broadway, Lexington, KY 40504

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Ryan Quarles grew up on his family’s farm in Scott County, with a family that has lived in central Kentucky for over 200 years.   Mr. Quarles completed three undergraduate majors and two graduate degrees in just four years at the University of Kentucky, graduating in 2006.

In 2008, Harvard University awarded Mr. Quarles a full scholarship on the Zuckerman fellowship, which enabled him to continue his studies at the Harvard graduate school of education, the Kennedy school of government and Harvard law school.

In 2009 he graduated from Harvard with a master’s degree in higher education before moving back to Kentucky to finish his last year of law school.  Returning to Kentucky Mr. Quarles was elected to the Kentucky general assembly in 2010, representing Scott, Owen and Fayette counties.

Mr. Quarles has served as the vice-chairman of the house judiciary committee, and served on the agriculture committee, the tobacco master settlement oversight committee, and the banking and insurance committee.

Mr. Quarles continues to help on the family farm in Scott County.  However now, Mr. Quarles is embarking on a new course – that of Kentucky’s newly-elected commissioner of agriculture.  Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome commissioner-elect, Ryan Quarles.


• RSVP’s must be in by 5 p.m. January 15th, 2015.
• No RSVP’s will be taken after the deadline.
• Walk-in seating very limited.
• Registration begins at 6:15 P.M. at Copper Roux (located at 861 South Broadway, Lexington, KY 40504 – See map below and in confirmation Email)
• Dinner begins at 7:00 P.M.
• Cash, Check and Credit Card payments accepted at the door.
• Please list names of all attendees when making reservations.
Do NOT RSVP by  Email,  follow the appropriate link below to guarantee your RSVP will be received.

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