About Us

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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SPEED SEEKER: (Heatseeker – Seraphic Too, by Southern Halo)  won the $150,000 ONTARIO COLLEEN STAKES (G3) at WOODBINE on August 23,2014, our first winner of a graded stakes this year, we congratulate the owners, Frank Congilio, and Richard Rendina both members of the NCTA along with partners Robert Johnson and Frank Ferrigine (a past member of NCTA) on this great win. 

DARING KATHY: was the third placed horse in the $150,000 ONTARION COLLEEN STAKES (G3) at WOODBINE on August 23, 2014 and she is owned by our member Steve Laymon and partner John Eaton.

This was a great day for the NCTA and the owners of these horses.  CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!!!

Top Owners, Breeders to be Honored at 29th Annual

TOBA National Awards Dinner

Lexington, Ky. - The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association's 29th Annual National Awards Dinner will be held on Friday, September 5 at the Lexington Convention Center in Lexington, Ky. The TOBA National Awards Dinner honors the achievements of Thoroughbred owners in the four major North American racing regions and breeders in 22 states and Canada.

The following regional owners will be honored:

 Eastern Region Owner of the Year: Phipps Stable

 Midwestern Region Owner of the Year: Kenneth L. & Sarah K. Ramsey

 Southern Region Owner of the Year: Willis D. Horton

 Western Region Owner of the Year: Gary & Mary West


A National Owner of the Year will be selected from these regional owners. The National Owner will be revealed at the Awards Dinner.


The state and Canadian breeders of the year are:

Arizona: Richard Owens
California: Mr. & Mrs. Larry D. Williams
Canada: Sam-Son Farm
Florida: Gil & Marilyn Campbell
Illinois: Darrell & Sadie Brommer
Indiana: Deann & Greg Baer
Iowa: William Hobbs
Kansas: Lance & Valerie Gabriel
Kentucky: Kenneth & Sarah Ramsey
Louisiana: Glen C. Warren
Maryland: Robert E. Meyerhoff
Michigan: Jerry & Lisa Campbell
Minnesota: Richard Bremer & Cheryl Sprick
New Jersey: Quiet Winter Farm
New Mexico: Mike Carson & Bill Carson
New York: Patricia S. Purdy
North Carolina: Elizabeth H. Muirhead
North Dakota: Leigh Backhaus
Oregon: George Hurliman
South Carolina: Franklin G. Smith
Texas: Sam Stevens & Sammy Stevens
Virginia: Estate of Edward P. Evans
Washington: Keith & Jan Swagerty


TOBA's National Breeder and National Small Breeder of the Year will be selected from the above list of breeders and announced at the Awards Dinner.


TOBA will also honor Helen Alexander with the new Robert N. Clay Award. The purpose of this award is to enhance awareness and promote education among horsemen regarding the impact of land loss on the equine community. In partnership with the Equine Land Conservation Resource, this award recognizes a member of the Thoroughbred community who has made an outstanding contribution to preserving land for equine use.


Additionally, TOBA will honor Take Charge Lady as the National Broodmare of the Year. This award offers catalog designation from the North American International Cataloguing Standards Committee.


Owned by Katie Ruppel, successful competitive eventer Houdini will be named the Rood & Riddle Thoroughbred Sport Horse of the Year. This award is presented to the owner of the ex-Thoroughbred racehorse that has excelled in sport horse competitions as tracked by the United States Equestrian Federation.


National Awards Dinner sponsors include H.E. Sutton Forwarding Company, Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC, Jackson Family Wines, Woodford Reserve, Zoetis, John Deere, Flair Nasal Strips, Daily Racing Form, Thoroughbred Owner Conference and Blood-Horse Publications. Tickets for the National Awards Dinner may be purchased at www.toba.org.


TOBA, based in Lexington, Ky., was formed in 1961 and is a national trade organization of leading Thoroughbred breeders and owners. TOBA's mission is to improve the economics, integrity and pleasure of the sport on behalf of Thoroughbred owners and breeders. Projects managed by TOBA include the American Graded Stakes Committee, Claiming Crown, Ownership Seminars, Ownerview.com and the Sales Integrity Program. TOBA provides international representation for U.S. owners and breeders on the International Grading and Race Planning Advisory Committee, International Cataloguing Standards Committee and International Breeders Federation. Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) is the charitable arm of TOBA. TOBA is the owner of The Blood-Horse Inc., and is represented on the board of directors of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium as founding members. 


Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association
P.O. Box 910668 · Lexington, KY 40591-0668
Phone: (859) 276-2291 · Fax: (859) 276-2462
Email: toba@toba.org


 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.


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

“Second Call Thoroughbred Adoption and Placement Program Drafts a Veteran, Builds a Bigger Team and sends one of its own to Training Camp”

May13, 2014 -Helmetta, NJ- Second Call Thoroughbred Adoption and Placement, Monmouth Park Racetrack’s Aftercare Program, teams up with New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program, a Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) accredited organization.

Managing and caring for Monmouth Park’s retired racehorses continues to be a seemingly daunting and non-ending task. Year after year, the number of Thoroughbreds needing homes/careers grows and options diminish. The good news is there is always hope and hope brings potential. For New Jersey’s Thoroughbreds it lies in the form of a new partnership between Second Call and New Vocations. Laurie Condurso-Lane, Second Call’s Executive Director and Anna Ford, Program Director,  of New Vocations,   paths initially crossed at the premiere All Thoroughbred Charity Horse Show, at Turfway Park, KY in 2001.  Thirteen years later, they meet again.

 Condurso- Lane explains. “Second Call’s primary goal has always been to ensure the safety and health of any horse who’s racing days, for whatever reason, are over.”  The primary imperative piece to achieve that goal comes from two of Second Call’s New Jersey lay-up facilities. She continues, “Our farm managers, they have something special when it comes to horses…they have rehabilitated some of the best Jersey breds I have ever seen….it still amazes all of us how the farm managers can take an injured horse and nurse it back to health. The challenge of finding new homes however does not end just because a horse is sound….now for the next step….we need to make sure the horse goes from racehorse to trained riding horse….and that is where Anna steps in.”  Ford is a seasoned veteran when it comes to retraining racehorses and for Lane it is a natural fit.  We are very honored to have the opportunity to work with Second Call and look forward to expanding the services we provide to the Monmouth Park horsemen…Second Call is a great example of how horseman and aftercare programs can work together to provide resources and networking to assist in helping horses retiring from the track receive the proper rehabilitation and retraining needed to find suitable second careers," shares  Ford.

Second Call rehabilitates the horse and with a stipend (from funds raised) sends it to New Vocations for retraining and re-homing.  Second Call’s most recent candidate to enroll in New Vocations training camp is Themanmythnlegend,or as his friends call him, Manny.   For an update on Manny and future Second Call/New Vocations horses, please visit:


Second Call, founded in 2012, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit Thoroughbred Adoption and Placement Program dedicated to New Jersey’s off-the-track Thoroughbreds. Serving as the exclusive "After Care Program" for Monmouth Park, the mission is to assist, and ensure that retired racehorses find a SECOND calling and/or profession. Thoroughbreds accepted into the program are rested, evaluated, re-acclimated, retrained and placed into loving homes. The business model allows Second Call to focus specifically on the local racing jurisdiction that gives back so much to our communities. By aligning with Monmouth Park and its horsemen, we can channel all our resources and activities where they are needed the most.


In 1992 New Vocations first opened their barn doors to retired racehorses looking for new careers. Starting with a single farm in Dayton, Ohio the program has grown to have six facilities, which are located in: Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Serving over 40 racetracks, New Vocations works directly with owners and trainers in need of an aftercare program for horses leaving the track. Their soul mission is to stand in the gap for retiring racehorses and provide skilled hands to assist in their development as pleasure mounts. These horses are then placed in experienced, loving homes that will continue their education so each has a skill and therefore a future. Currently the program takes in over 400 horses a year. The program has a sound adoption system in place that is proven to move a large number of horses in a rather short period of time.

Contact: Tatiana Verenicin-Chan 609-977-3409; tatiana333@optimum.net (Freelance writer/Director of Marketing Second Call Thoroughbred Adoption and Placement)


Racing Results
Entries listed below results

September 8 ,9 and 10

Race Results

MIRAMICHI: was unplaced, entered at Parx Racing on Monday, September 8 going 5 1/2 furlongs in a Claimer, Race 4. NC bred and owned by Nancy Shuford.

DOUBLE THE CHEERS: bid four wide to finish 3rd, after stalking the pace inside,  entered at Indiana Grand Racecourse on Tuesday, September 9 going 5 furlongs in a Maiden Special Weight, Race 3, PP 7, this is a 2 year old filly bred by Beth Muirhead.

MICHAEL'S TRIBUTE: was SCRATCHED  from running entered at Penn National on Wednesday, September 10, Race 3,  bred by Jim Chandley.


Thursday, September 11

Race Results

CHOSEN: was 5th, hustled to set a sharp pace, rider lost whip as they engaged winner in the stretch, entered at Laurel Park going 5 1/2 furlongs on September 11, in an Allowance Optional Claiming (not entered for a tag) race 8, pp 7. Bred by Jim Chandley.

LITERATA:  was unplaced entered at Belmont Park on September 11, going 7 furlongs on the turf in a $60,000 Maiden Special Weight, race 9. Owned by George and Stephanie Autry.


Friday,September 12

Race Results

BOSSY: showed "WINNING" courage on her own, after breaking outwards from pp 1, righted to gain position just off the pace setter, gained momentum for the win, entered at Arlington Park on Friday, September 12 going 5 1/2 furlongs on the all weather track in a Maiden Special Weight, Race 9. Owned by a Racing Partnership that includes our member Randy Pazsar.  Gutsy win.

SCONNIE NATION:  was unplaced, tracked pace early, went four wide, did not close, entered at Churchill Downs on Friday, September 12, going 1 mile in a Claimer, Race 8, PP 7 , bred by Hubert Vester.

RACE RESULTS for Monday, August 25 and Tuesday, August 26 

MUY MAN: ran 4th, after tracking the pace, splitting  rivals, entered at Finger Lakes on Tuesday, August 26 going 5 1/2 furlongs in a Claiming Race, Race 7. Bred by Jim Chandley.

MIRAMICHI: was a "WINNER" Monday, August 25, took over mid way on the turn, continued clear to the wire, entered at Parx, going 7 furlongs in a Claiming Race, Race 9. Bred and owned by Nancy Shuford..

RACE RESULTS for Wednesday, August 27 and Thursday, August 28 

LOOKOUT KATE: raced two and three wide, finished in 5th, entered at Charles Town on Wednesday, August 27, race 4,  bred by Tom Hendrickson.

Race Results for Friday, August 29

Dogwood Plantation Rolls

MACO LIGHT: was a "WINNER", laid just behind the pace, shifted out in the stretch, wore down the leaders to win by almost 2 lengths, entered at Ellis Park on August 29 going 5 1/2 furlongs on the Turf in an Allowance Optional Claiming (not entered for a tag) Race 2, PP 8, bred and owned by Dogwood Plantation (Joanne and Sandy Dew).

RED MOON RISING: was 2nd by a neck, raced four wide, rallied to duel in the stretch, running at Belterra Park on August 29 going 6 furlongs in a Maiden Claiming, Race 3, PP1 bred and owned by Dogwood Plantation (Joanne and Sandy Dew).

Race Results for Saturday, August 30

SPECIAL CONGRATS: was a determined "WINNER," angled out in the backstretch, split rivals, hugged the rail and closed to get the nod, entered at Parx Racing on Saturday, August 30, going 7 furlongs in a Claiming Race, claimed by A and B Stables - now the new owners, Race 4, PP 5, bred by Beth Muirhead.

TIZ MARVELOUS: was 3rd, just missing second by a nose, after a rough start, improved position racing three wide and was clear for third, entered in the $90,000 Monachos Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, August 30, going 1 mile, race 9, pp 4.  Bred by Hubert Vester.

What a weekend of racing the NCTA had, two stakes winners in Dayatthespa and Speed Seeker, and one third pace in a stakes with Daring Kathy, Congrats to Steve Laymon, Frank Coniglio, and Richard Redina.

Last week and weekend we had three winners with Miramichi, Sconnie Nation, and Bet U Cant Find Me, owned or bred by Nancy Shuford and two for Hubert Vester.

For more information on our stakes horses and winners visit our Facebook Page at North Caroling Thoroughbreds.


Race Results Aug 8th-11th

TALIESIN:  was a winner at Belterra going 6 furlongs in a maiden claiming on August 10, she is a 3 year old filly bred by Jim Chandley, and owed and trained by Tracy Nelson

MIRAICHI: place 2nd at Parx on August 11, going 5 1/2 furlongs in a claiming race, the three year old filly was bred and owned by Nancy Shuford.

JOHN BAILEY: was a winner at Saratoga on August 10 going 1 mile in a Maiden Special Weight, the three year old colt is owned by George and Stephanie Autry and trained by Michael Dilger, John Bailey won by a neck in a good time. 

HANGOVER SATURDAY: was a winner at first asking at Gulfstream Park on August 8 going 5 furlongs in a Maiden Special Weight and winning by 4 3/4 lengths. owned and bred by the partnership of Steve Laymon and John Eaton, trained by David Fawkes.

Race Results for July 31th

MICHAEL'S TRIBUTE: lunged in twice, though finishing first at the wire, was disqualified and placed 2nd, racing at Penn National on Thursday, July 31 going 6 furlongs in a Claimer, Race 5, PP 7, owned and bred by Jim Chandley

RACE RESULTS for Friday, July 25 and Saturday, July 26

Muy Man :  Finished 2nd at Finger Lakes on 7-26 going 5 1/2 furlongs.   Bred by Jim Chandley

MACO LIGHT: was "SCRATCHED"  from racing today, entered at Indiana Grand Racecourse on Friday, July 25, race 7, owned and bred by Joanne and Sandy Dew.

MATISSE: dueled for the lead, finished 5th entered at Parx Racing going 7 furlongs on Saturday, July 26 in a Starter Allowance, Race 6, PP 9, owned by George and Stephanie Autry.

Thank you to all NCTA connections this week, Daring Kathy a winner at Saratoga Wednesday, also runners Speed Seeker and Little Journey,a great week of racing!

STAKES RACING RESULTS for NCTA for Wednesday, July 23 

DARING KATHY: Congratulations! - Daring Kathy was up for 3rd, Wednesday, July 23 racing at Saratoga in the Grade 2 Lake George Stakes ( $200,000) going 1 1/16 miles on the inner turf, Race 9, PP 1, owned in bred in a Partnership with Steven Laymon and John Eaton. Check out the race article in Blood-Horse

SPEED SEEKER: was 5th entered July 23 at Saratoga in the Grade 2 Lake George Stakes (200,000) going 1 1/16 miles on the inner turf course, Race 9, PP 5 - owned by racing partnership that includes Frank Coniglio.

LITTLE JOURNEY:  ran 6th entered on July 23 at Saratoga in the Grade 2 Lake George Stakes ($200,000) going 1 1/;16 miles on the inner turf, Race 9, PP 6, owned by a racing partnership that includes Steve Laymon.

ICE FOR THE LADY: was "SCRATCHED" from racing,entered on July 23 at Indiana Grand Racecourse, Race 9, owned and bred by Kenan Rand.

Missdixieactivist finished 2nd at Penn National on 7-23 Congratulations to Jim Chandley.

We have two WINNERS from this weeks Racing: Friday July 11th

MISSDIXIEACTIVIST: was a WINER by 14 Lenght on July 10 at Penn National going 1 1/16 miles in a Claiming Race and was claimed, She is bred by Jim Chandley and was owned by JIm. Dam of winner was by Jim's stallion Misbah.

MICHAEL'S TRIBUTE: was a WINNER by a neck on July 9 going 6 furlongs at Penn National in a Maiden Claiming Race.  Bred and owned by Jim Chandley.  She is the daughter of Jim's stallion Misbah.


MUY MAN:  bred by Jim Chandley ran 4th at Finger Lakes on July 8 going 6 furlongs in a Claiming Race.

 Congratulations to Jim and his Winners.

RACE RESULT for Thursday, July 17th

TRAWEE: stalked leader, challenged in mid stretch to place 2nd, entered at Presque Isle Downs going 1 mile on Thursday, July 17 in a Maiden Special Weight, Race 6, PP 1, owned by Bill Thompson in a partnership.

RACE RESULTS for Wednesday, July 16

PIGEON CHRIS:  was a "WINNER" taking the lead from the start, was pressured, widened on the turn and raced steady to the wire, entered at Charles Town on Wednesday,July 16, going 7 furlongs in a Claiming Race,  Race 7, PP 4, owned by Bobby Raines. Nice win!

MORE THAN SPECIAL: "RACES WERE CANCELLED by MANAGMENT" after race 4, at Woodbine on July 16,Race 5,  bred by Beth Muirhead and owned by Frank Coniglio, Sid Ritman, Richard Rendino, and Nick Nebro.

RESULTS: July 11th and 12th

WINE BURGLAR: ran 5th at Belmont Park on July11, going 1 mile on turf in a Starter Allowance, bred by Hubert Vester.

TOBIAS: ran 4th at Delaware Park on July 12, going 1 1/16 miles on the turf in a Maiden Special Weight, owned by Johnny Eason.

RACE RESULTS for Friday, July 4th
MATISSE: raced on the rail, was up for 3rd running at Parx Racing on July 4, going 1 mile and 70 yards in a Starter Allowance, Race 6, PP 3, owned by George and Stephanie Autry.

MAGGIE MAGGIE: was "SCRATCHED" at Parx Racing on Friday, July 4, race 3, owned and bred by Nancy Shuford.

PRIDE OF SILVER: was a "WINNER" rated nicely, came off the rail and prevailed gamely, entered at Lone Star Park on July 4 going 1 1/2 miles on the turf in a Starter Allowance, Race 2, PP 4, bred by Nancy Shuford.

Racing Entries

Good Luck to All!

RED MOON RISING: is entered at Belterra Park on August 14 going 5 1/2 furlongs in a Maiden Claiming, Race 8, PP 4, bred and owned by Joanne and Sandy Dew's Dogwood Plantation and trained by previous member Todd Freeman.


INDIANA LASS: is entered at Indiana Grand Race Course on August 14 going 6 furlongs in a Maiden Claiming Race 8, PP 11, Bred by Jim Chandley


WINE BURGLAR: is entered at Saratoga on August 14 going 1 mile on the inner turf in a Claiming Race 7, PP 6, bred by Hubert Vester.


BET U CANT FIND ME: is entered at Finger Lakes on August 14 going 6 furlongs in a Claiming Race 6, PP 2, bred by Hubert Vester.

Special Thanks to Eileen Williams for all of her racing result updates.

Eileen S. Williams

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