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TOBA Awards Set for Sept. 11 at Hill 'n' Dale at Xalapa

The TOBA National Awards honor breeders from 19 states and Canada.

Dan Metzger, president of Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, speaks at the 2018 TOBA National Awards

Dan Metzger, president of Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, speaks at the 2018 TOBA National Awards

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The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association has announced the 36th annual TOBA National Awards will be held Sept. 11 at Hill 'n' Dale at Xalapa near Paris, Ky. Hosted by Gabby Gaudet, the evening will include a special live performance by Motown legend Gladys Knight.

The TOBA National Awards honor breeders from 19 states and Canada. Also recognized are the national owner of the year and national owner finalists, national breeder of the year, small breeder of the year, national broodmare of the year, racing partnership of the Year, Rood & Riddle sport horse of the year, Claiming Crown horse of the year, industry service award winner, and recipient of the Robert N. Clay Award. 

"We are thrilled to showcase the TOBA National Awards Dinner at historic Hill 'n' Dale at Xalapa," said Dan Metzger, president of TOBA. "Thoroughbred owners and breeders are the lifeblood of our sport and it is our privilege to recognize their outstanding achievements from 2020. The spectacular setting at Hill 'n' Dale at Xalapa, along with Gladys Knight, promises to make the TOBA National Awards a unique and special experience for all those who attend. We are very appreciative of the support from John Sikura, Keeneland, and all of our sponsors in making this evening possible."  

"We at Hill 'n' Dale at Xalapa are proud to host the TOBA awards featuring iconic, multiple Grammy Award-winner Gladys Knight," said Sikura. "We look forward to celebrating with guests and nominees in a unique setting in celebration of their achievement."

Tickets will be available online for purchase in the upcoming weeks.