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Seminar topics at the inaugural Thoroughbred Owners Conference held Oct. 13-16 at the Keeneland Sale Pavilion in Lexington, KY, were pretty much what one would expect from a gathering aimed at educating fledgling or potential horse owners. The conference, a joint effort by The Jockey Club and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA), had sessions for how to select and communicate with a trainer, how to find athletes at the sales, where to find helpful resources, what the next generation thinks, the owner-jockey relationship and how racetracks are increasingly catering to owners, among other sessions. James Gagliano the president and chief operating officer of The Jockey Club, said the conference was one tool in an major effort to retain and attract horse owners. “When the Jockey Club commissioned McKinsey and Co. to conduct a comprehensive economic study of our sport in 2011, nearly 50 per cent of the owners…

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