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Established in late 1979 by a small but dedicated group of Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders, the NORTH CAROLINA THOROUGHBRED ASSOCIATION is a Non-Profit, all volunteer organization governed by an elected Board of Directors & Officers.

Mission Statement

To promote the Thoroughbred Industry in North Carolina.
To provide educational opportunity to its members in all aspects of the Thoroughbred Industry.
To provide its members with the opportunity to develop working relationships, and to meet as friends and colleagues, thereby encouraging excellence and outstanding achievements.




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AWARDS FOR 2015 RACING YEAR

PRESENTED BY THE NCTA

FEBRUARY 6. 2016 

CHAMPION 2 YEAR OLD HORSE:

3RD PLACE GOES TO  - SEEING N’ BELIEVING – BRED BY JIM CHANDLEY

2ND PLACE GOES TO – AWESOME GHOST – BRED BY BETH MUIRHEAD,

FRANK CONIGLIO, AND SIDNEY RITMAN, OWNED BY FRANK CONIGLIO, SIDNEY RITMAN AND RICHARD RENDINA ALL MEMBERS

WINNER:  TRIBAL HEAT A BAY FILLY (BRING THE HEAT – INDIANCREEK       MAGGIE BY ROANOKE. BRED BY Dr.& Mrs E. C. Lowry and owned by Clint Lowry.

 CHAMPION CLAIMING MALE:

3RD PLACE GOES TO – DOUBLE THE CHEERS – BRED BY BETH          MUIRHEAD and owned by Beth Muirhead and David Benge.

2nd PLACE GOES TO – SPECIAL CONGRATS – BRED BY BETH MUIRHEAD

WINNER: INCREMENTAL BAY GELDING (FLATTER – SISTER CHELSEY BY CHELSEY CAT) BRED BY NANCY SHUFORD.  NANCY OWNS AND  STANDS CHELSEY CAT AT HER FARM IN NORTH CAROLINA.

CHAMPION CLAIMING -FEMALE

3RD PLACE GOES TO  - MORE THAN SPECIAL – BRED BY BETH MUIRHEAD.

2ND PLACE GOES TO  - MICHAEL’S TRIBUTE – BRED BY JIM CHANDLEY.

1ST PLACE GOES TO – MISSDIXIEACTIVIST BAY MARE (ACTIVIST – DIXIE LASS BY MISBAH) BRED BY JIM CHANDLEY, JIM ALSO OWNS AND STANDS MISBAH.

CHAMPION ALLOWANCE  - MALE

3RD  THIS BOY’S SHARP – OWNED AND BRED BY W. KENAN RAND JR.

2ND SPILLWRIGHT – BRED AND OWNED BY NANCY SHUFORD

WINNER: TRUE BET (YES IT’S TRUE – GAMBLERS PASSION BY PROSPECTORS GAMBLE) OWNED BY GEORGE AND STEPHANIE AUTRY.

 CHAMPION ALLOWANCE  - FEMALE

WINNER: MILAYA BAY FILLY (ESKENDEREYA – TRENDY LADY BY UNBRIDLED’S SONG) OWNED BY GEORGE AND STEPHANIE AUTRY.

CHAMPION STAKES HORSE

2ND TOBAIS GREY GELDING (ARCH – LISTEN WELL BY SECRETARIAT)OWNED BY JOHNNY EASON IN A PARTNERSHIP.

WINNER: DARING KATHY BAY FILLY (WILDCAT HEIR – DARE TO MAMBO BY KINGMAMBO) OWNED AND BRED BY STEVE LAYMON AND JOHN EATON. 

THE DIFFERENCE IN THE RUNNER UP AND THE WINNER IN THIS CATEGORY WAS A MERE $165.00.

CHAMPION GRADED STAKES HORSE AND HORSE OF THE YEAR

PRETTY N’ COOL, GREY 2 YEAR OLD FILLY (SCAT DADDY – STAYCLASSYSANDIEGO BY  ROCKPORT HARBOR) WON A MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT AT DELMAR ON JULY 19, 1ST TIME OUT, WON THE GRADE II SORRENTO STAKES ON AUGUST 12, WAS 2ND IN THE DEL MAR DEBUTANTE A GRADE I, WON THE MATRON A GRADE II AT BELMONT, SHE WAS SOLD FOR $160,000 AT KEENELAND SEPTEMBER  SALE,  BROUGHT BY MICHAEL PEGRAM, KARL WATSON AND PAUL WEITMAN, SHE IS TRAINED BY BOB BAFFET WITH EARNING OF $386,000, AND WAS BRED BY OUR MEMBER NANCY SHUFORD.  NANCY JUST FOALED THIS WEEK A FULL SISTER TO PRETTY N’ COOL. NANCY WANTED TO BE HERE BUT SHE HAD MARES DUE, AND SHE DOES HER OWN FOALING, SO SENT SUSAN TO REPRESENT HER AND WE ARE SO GLAD SHE DID.

BROODMARE OF THE YEAR:

2ND PLACE WAS ALLEGHENY RED OWNED BY CLITON LOWRY, AND THE DAM TO MOST OF HIS GOOD RUNNERS.

WINNER: STAYCLASSYSANDIEGO GRAY 2009 MARE (ROCKPORT HARBOR  - LATIN LYNX BY FOREST WILDCATE) IS THE DAM OF PRETTY N’ COOL WITH EARNING OF 386,000 FOR YEAR 2015.  OWNED BY NANCY SHUFORD.

 BREEDER OF THE YEAR:

OUR BREEDER OF THE YEAR IS A MAN WHO HAS BEEN A MEMBER OF THE NCTA FOR MANY YEARS.  HE HAS MOSTLY RACE HIS HOME BREDS, USING HIS OWN STALLION, MOST OF HIS BROODMARES ARE BY THIS STALLION MISBAH OR BRED TO THIS STALLION.  HE ALWAYS HAS RUNNERS WHO ARE REPORTED ON EVERY WEEK BECAUSE THEY CONTINUE TO ALWAYS BE IN THE MONIES.  VERY FEW EVER RACE AT THE TOP TIER BUT THEY ARE HARD KNOCKING HORSES THAT ARE THE BACKBONE OF THIS INDUSTRY. 

THE HORSES THAT HE BRED THAT RAN THIS YEAR  ARE MISDIXIEACTIVIST WHO HAS MADE 29 LIFE TIME STARTS, AND WON 6 TIMES, WAS SECOND 9 AND THIRD 3 THREE TIMES WITH EARNING OF $129,010. MICHAEL’ TRIBUTE WHO HAS RUN 33 TIMES WITH 3 WINS, 11 SECONDS AND TWO THIRDS, WITH EARNING OF $70, 523, AND A LONG LIST OF OTHERS THAT WERE GOOD HARD RUNNERS, HERE IS THE LIST OF THE REST THAT RAN IN 2015, DO THAT DANCE, FIRST DEFENDER, MUY MAN, TALIESIN, SEEING N’ BELIEVING AND THE OLD MAN SUYETA 9 YEAR OLD GELDING WHO BROKE A TRACK RECORD AT KEENELAND RUNNING IN A CLAIMING RACE SEVERAL YEARS AGO. 

OUR BREEDER OF THE YEAR IS JIM CHANDLEY OF CHANDLEY’S FARM LLC.   JIM WAS PLANING TO BE HERE BUT WAS DIAGNOIST WITH STEPH THROAT, ON THURSDAY.  SO WE WILL MAIL HIS TROPHIES TO HIM, HE WILL BE RECEIVING A JULEP CUP FROM THE BLOOD HORSE FOR WINNING BREEDER OF THE YEAR.      

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Dayatthespa Earns Female Turf Eclipse

Dayatthespa Earns Female Turf Eclipse Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt
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Yet to start in the first seven months of the 2014 season, New York-bred mare Dayatthespa was not on any short lists for an Eclipse Award. By the time she crossed the finish line in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Park following an authoritative front-running triumph, however, it was apparent she had distanced herself from the others.

The division was so open that four others, including defending female turf Eclipse champion Dank, would have had a legitimate claim to the crown with victory in the Filly & Mare Turf. But none could catch the Chad Brown-trained Dayatthespa, who dictated the pace for jockey Javier Castellano to open a two-length advantage midstretch in her first try at the 1 1/4-mile distance. The 5-year-old daughter of City Zip   strode home gamely under urging at 11-2 odds to score by 1 1/4 lengths over her late-running stablemate, Stephanie's Kitten, in a time of 2:00.12 over a course rated good.

Dayatthespa won the final three of a four-race campaign in 2014, which began with a runner-up finish in the restricted Fasig-Tipton De La Rose Stakes Aug. 2 at Saratoga Race Course, the race venue for which she was named. The powerful chestnut with a long white blaze then dominated Saratoga's Yaddo Stakes for state-breds before setting the table for her Breeders' Cup effort with a 1 1/4-length tally in the one-mile First Lady Stakes (gr. IT) at Keeneland.

She earned $1.45 million during the season for owners Jerry Frankel, Ronald Frankel, Steve Laymon, and Bradley Thoroughbreds. Dayatthespa defeated finalists Crown Queen and Stephanie's Kitten in the Eclipse voting.

Bred by Castellare DiCracchiolo Stable, Cracchiolo, and Goldsher out of the Doc's Leader mare M'Lady Doc, Dayatthespa also had a grade I victory at Keeneland in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup in 2012.

Her career line after four years of racing stands at 11 wins and four seconds in 18 starts with earnings of $2,288,892. Two days after her Breeders' Cup win, Dayatthespa sold for $2.1 million to Barbara Banke during the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall mixed sale and will be bred to Curlin   this season.

Voting (Only first-place votes from members of the consolidated voting entities: National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Daily Racing Form, and National Turf Writers and Broadcasters):

Dayatthespa, 260; Crown Queen, 2; Coffee Clique, 1; Room Service, 1. Voter Abstentions, 1.


Read more on BloodHorse.com: http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/89644/dayatthespa-earns-female-turf-eclipse#ixzz3PNOQjPZc

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Eclipse Awards

The acolytes keep coming for DAYATTHESPA, she has been nominated for two eclipse awards for the year 2014.  They are for OLDER FEMALE and for TURF FEMALE. 

Let's all celebrate with all the connections to Dayatthespa especially Steve Laymon and Peter Bradley both members of the NCTA.

The awards dinner will be a continuation of the celebration of this great horse, so please all make arrangements to attend.  January 24, at 5:00pm at Bennett-Bunn Plantation in Zebulon, NC,  Remember Mr. Peter Bradley will be our guest speaker and is also a member.  It would be really great to show what a great organization we are, by having a large turnout this year.

~Joanne



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~Photo: Dayatthespa, winning the Breeder's Cup Fillies and Mare Turf at Santa Anita on November 1st.
"SPA" WINS Fillies and Mares Breeder's Cup Turf
Saturday, November 1, 2014
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DAYATTHESPA: "WINNER"  BROKE FIRST, AND NEVER LOOKED BACK. TRAINED BY CHAD BROWN,  WITH HER WHITE BLAZE LEADING THE WAY,  SHE  WAS IN COMTROL AND WAS NEVER THEATENED,  ENTERED IN THE $2,000,000 (G1) BREEDERS CUP FILLIES AND MARES TURF GOING 1 1/4 MILES AT SANTA ANITA ON NOVEMBER 1, RACE 5, PP 4, OWNED BY A PARTNERSHIP THAT INCUDES OUR MEMBER STEVE LAYMON. Super Congratulations!
 Photo: Dayatthespa Pictured with Steve Laymon on left, REMEMBER SHE IS RUNNING IN THE $2,000,000 BREEDER'S CUP FILLY AND MARE TURF (G1) ON NOVEMBER 1 AT SANTA ANITA, be sure to watch and pull for Steve and his great horse.






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RULER OF LOVE

 Ruler of Love the NCTA horse of the year also received Florida's award for 3 year old of 2013. 

CONGRATULATIONS to all the connections, they are all members of the NCTA.  Ruler of Love was bred and broken by our former and now new member, FAYE LITTLE, Ruler of Love is owned by our member's FRANK CONIGLIO, SID RITMAN, RICHARD RENDINO, AND NICK REBRO.

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Kentucky Derby Horse has Connections to NCTA Member 
We Miss Artie ... will race in the Derby this year and Hubert Vester, of Nashville plans to travel to watch the race. . The horse is the colt of a horse owned by Vester. . Vester said he purchased a broodmare, Russian Bride, in 2001 and bred her her in 2004, to the 2000 Derby winner, Fusaichi Pegasus. . Athena's Gift was born in 2005, sold as a yearling at the 2006 Keeneland September Yearling Sale in Lexington, Kentucky. She was bought by Canadian, Richard Lister. . Vester said that Athena's Gift had a career ending injury, was retired and became a broodmare. When Lister retired in 2013, he sold off his band of brood mares at the Keenland November Breeding Stock Sale. That is when Hubert Vester bought back the mare, Athena's Gift. . We Miss Artie is her colt, sired by *Artie Schiller. Vester said. We Miss Artie is now owned by Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey and trained by Todd Pletcher, that colt is running this Saturday, the first Saturday in May. . When We Miss Artie was born, there were around 37,000 Thoroughbreds born the same year. Only three-year- olds can compete in the Derby, so a horse gets one chance only. We Miss Artie won the Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park in March, which qualifies him for the 2014 Derby. . "A horse only gets one shot to win a Derby" Vester said. "The next year, he's too old." . Vester considers himself a small Thoroughbred owner and breeder, but he's well known in the industry. In 2011 he was named the North Carolina Thoroughbred Association's owner and breeder of the year. . We Miss You Artie was bred for the turf, so Vester said the dirt track might prove to be a slight handicap. But he is proud that the horse has qualified to run this year in the Derby, having won the Spiral Stakes. . "If he ends up dead last, you still got a special horse," he said. "Anything can happen." . Hubert Vester plans to attend the May 3rd Derby and is excited about being there. . "I always said I wouldn't go unless I had one in it and I guess this is as close as I'll get," Vester said. . E. S. Williams *The sire Artie Schiller has North Carolina roots. He was bred by and owned by the late Tom Walsh. His wife Denise of Southern Pines, NC, still own shares in the stallion.
Written by: Eileen S. Williams
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