ENGELHARDT NAMED EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF O.T.B.O.
John Engelhardt was appointed executive director of the Ohio Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners on Friday. He has worked in Thoroughbred racing in various capacities for 33 years. “The Board of Directors feel very comfortable with John in this position,” stated O.T.B.O. vice president Tom McCann. “We believe he will do an outstanding job. We are looking forward to working with him. The industry in Ohio is facing new challenges and we trust John will step up to meet them.”
POPLAR CREEK STALLION OPEN HOUSE
The 5th Annual Poplar Creek Stallion Open House is January 14, 2017. The farm will be showcasing 12 Thoroughbred Stallions to potential breeders & owners in the Thoroughbred industry and to promote the Ohio Race Program. You may join us even if you just want to learn about who we are and what we do. Many of the top Ohio stallions are standing at Poplar Creek. Great people, Great food, Great Stallions, Great Conversation. Stallions are available for inspection from 12-5pm. Stallion show 1:30. The farm is located near Bethel, Ohio, only 20 miles from Belterra Park in SW Ohio. Directions and more stallion info on our website www.OhioStallions.com or call Robin 513-284-3685. The Poplar Creek Bed & Breakfast is available for anyone needing a place to stay overnight (open year round). Contact number and room prices on the website www.PoplarCreekBedBreakfast.com .
LOOOCH RACING WINS WITH CONQUEST ENFORCER
Congratulations to Ron Paolucci of Loooch Racing, Stow, Ohio as his Conquest Enforcer earned his first graded stakes success with a commanding wire-to-wire victory in the GII Mathis Brothers Mile Stakes at Santa Anita on December 26, 2016. This was his first start since being acquired by Loooch Racing, Imaginary Stable and Raquel Ritchie for $785,000 as part of the Conquest Stables dispersal at Keeneland in November. Originally a $210,000 Fasig-Tipton July yearling buy, Conquest Enforcer is a colt by Into Mischief out of Keen Victory by Victory Gallop. Bred by Tall Oaks Farm and trained by Phillip D’Amato.
TRAINER JEFF GREENHILL WINS HIS 500TH RACE
Jeff Greenhill, who took an early retirement option as a Chemical Engineer 23 years ago, has found success again in his second career as a thoroughbred trainer. He recorded his 500th victory on December 22 when Stay On Shore made an eight-wide sweep around the turn to win at Turfway Park. He has sent out 3,283 runners and now has 500 wins; 467 seconds and 424 third-place finishes for earnings of over $8.5 million. He started out in the business as a hot-walker and groom for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas. Greenhill recognized the advantages of buying state-bred runners early on and has had great success campaigning Champions in Ohio and Indiana. He has also won stakes in Kentucky and Pennsylvania. He set several track records at Presque Isle with a reformed claimer named Shakeyourgroovething and has developed a reputation to keep horses sound and winning races late in their careers.