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Monday, February 1, 2016

Videos Now Available Online from Thoroughbred Owner Conference

Jim Rome
The stirring and at times emotional keynote address that CBS Radio personality and Thoroughbred owner Jim Rome delivered at OwnerView’s Thoroughbred Owner Conference at Gulfstream Park in January is proving to be just as popular online as it was in person.

A video replay of Rome’s 50-minute speech has been downloaded more than 2,600 times since he made it on January 13, 2016. It was made available later that day on the America’s Best Racing website ( and its YouTube channel and on the OwnerView website ( the following day.

Rome described his introduction to Thoroughbred ownership as well as some of the highs and lows he and his wife, Janet, have experienced, including the death from colic in early December of the Eclipse Award and multiple stakes winner Shared Belief.

“It is hard to imagine someone describing his or her passion for Thoroughbred racing in a more eloquent manner than Jim Rome did at our conference,” said Gary Falter, vice president of operations for OwnerView. “His remarks really resonated with those who have owned horses and those who are new or prospective owners, and many of our attendees considered his presentation the highlight of the conference.”

Falter also said that other video segments from the Thoroughbred Owner Conference, as well as still photographs, are now available on the OwnerView website. National HBPA CEO Eric Hamelback was among the panelists at the event and spoke in the “Acquiring Your Thoroughbred Racehorse” panel.

Among the video topics:
•         Acquiring Your Thoroughbred Racehorse: What are your options?
•         Pursuing Your Dream: Fascinating Success Stories from Thoroughbred Owners
•         An Overview of Ownership: What Every Owner Should Know
•         Jockeys - The Hands Behind the Reins

OwnerView is a joint effort spearheaded by The Jockey Club and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association to encourage ownership of Thoroughbreds and provide accurate information on aspects of ownership such as trainers, public racing syndicates, the process of purchasing and owning a Thoroughbred, racehorse retirement, and owner licensing.

The need for a central resource to encourage Thoroughbred ownership was identified in the comprehensive economic study of the sport that was commissioned by The Jockey Club and conducted by McKinsey & Company in 2011. The OwnerView site was launched in May 2012.

The Thoroughbred Owner Conference presenting sponsors were Keeneland Association, the New York Racing Association, The Stronach Group, and Woodbine Entertainment Group.

Additional information about OwnerView is available at or by contacting Gary Falter at or (859) 224-2803.

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