Thoroughbred Club History

On March 12, 1932, a group of 15 men assembled at the Lafayette Hotel in Lexington, Kentucky, and after a luncheon organized a club which soon became the Thoroughbred Club of America. On April 2, 1932, the first election of officers was held with Thomas Piatt, President, James McClelland, Vice-President; and Jack S. Young, Secretary-Treasurer. The name originally selected was The Thoroughbred Club, and the original thought was to limit membership to Bluegrass and Kentucky horsemen, and to devote its activities to the furtherance and development of racing and breeding in Kentucky. But the above named group of men did not foresee that within a year the organization would undergo such rapid development and acquire such fame that the boundary line of a state could not be a restriction. Its name, therefore, was changed to the Thoroughbred Club of America, and the By-Laws were amended to make any turf man eligible to membership, regardless of where he lived. The Thoroughbred Club of America was conceived by Jack S. and Tom B. Young, sons of Colonel Milton Young who served on Kentucky's first state racing commission and was one of the state's most famous horsemen.


During the Presidency of James D. Drymon, 1964-1965, a decision was made to move the Club and a contract was signed with the Springs Motel for quarters in a new building to be built by the Springs. The Presidency of Stanley H. Jones, the Club moved into its current location, leasing a 19th Century manor and surrounding land from Keeneland Association. After extensive remodeling and renovation, the new Club rooms were opened on June 16th, 1986.


Over the years, the Club has grown in prestige, influence, and membership. The homes of the members extend worldwide, from Europe to South America, Canada to Mexico, and the entire United States. Members of The Thoroughbred Club of America come from all branches of the Thoroughbred industry and the organization is considered to be representative of the entire American turf and not of any special group or faction.

Club Purpose

The objects and purposes for which this corporation is organized are to promote, foster, and encourage closer co-operation and better business relations in the Thoroughbred horse industry; to provide a forum for the discussion and interchange of ideas, methods, and information relating to the breeding, racing, and marketing of Thoroughbred horses and to encourage public interest therein; to gather and disseminate such knowledge and information pertaining to the breeding, raising, and racing of Thoroughbred horses in of interest and value to persons having a common interest therein; and in general to endeavor in every proper and lawful way to promote better business conditions in said industry.

The Thoroughbred Club of America

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