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Dr. Jack Robbins, his wife, Margaret, and their four sons -- Jay, Tom, Don and David -- will receive the Commissioner's Cup, annually presented by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) to honor an individual or group for extraordinary contributions to the NTRA and the Thoroughbred industry. The Robbinses will be honored in a ceremony at the fourth annual Western Conference on Racing, Friday, Nov. 2, from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at Santa Anita Park. Previous Commissioner's Cup recipients include R.D. Hubbard (2000), the Honorable Ken Maddy (1999) and Clement L. Hirsch (1998).

"Jack Robbins has been a key supporter during the NTRA's creation and development, and his family's contributions-whether on the racetrack, in executive offices or in the legal realm-offer further evidence of why this extraordinary family was chosen for this award," said NTRA Commissioner Tim Smith. "Imagine the horseracing industry and, in particular, the California racing industry without the contribution of the Robbins family."

"All the directors of Oak Tree Racing Association are pleased that Dr. Robbins, our president, his wife and four sons have been honored for their contributions to the betterment of the sport of horseracing for so many years, and in so many and varied capacities," said Sherwood Chillingworth, executive vice president, Oak Tree Racing Association. "They are one of the first families of the California community of horsemen, and we are delighted that they have been so recognized by this award."

The Western Conference on Racing will also feature presentations on market and consumer research that the NTRA has conducted during the last three years, a preview of future NTRA research initiatives and an update on other NTRA programs.

Jack K. Robbins VMD is president of Oak Tree Racing Association. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine and a longtime equine practitioner at California racetracks, he is a member of The Jockey Club and a director of the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, a Distinguished Life Member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) and an AAEP past-president. In 1998, he received the Bellwether Medal from the University of Pennsylvania.

Jay Robbins has trained Thoroughbreds in California since 1968. Among his top racehorses is 2000 Horse of the Year Tiznow, winner of back-to-back Breeders' Cup Classics in 2000 and 2001. Tom Robbins is director of racing at Del Mar and former vice president of racing at Santa Anita and director of racing at Oak Tree. Don Robbins is a past president at Hollywood Park, where he remains a consultant. David Robbins is an attorney in the Thoroughbred industry.

The Western Conference on Racing is supported by the Oak Tree Racing Association, Hollywood Park, Thoroughbred Owners of California, the NTRA, the California Authority of Racing Fairs, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Fairplex Park, Los Alamitos Racecourse, the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, American Quarter Horse Association, TVG, California Thoroughbred Breeders Association and California Thoroughbred Trainers.

The NTRA is a broad-based coalition of horseracing interests, including the American Quarter Horse Association, charged with increasing popularity of horseracing and improving economic conditions for industry participants. The NTRA and Breeders' Cup Limited conduct the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships and the Breeders' Cup National Stakes Program, both of which are funded by the industry's owners and breeders. The NTRA has offices in Lexington, Ky., and New York City. A compendium of NTRA press releases appears on the NTRA Web site,, and at the Web site for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, Contact the NTRA at



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