08/28/2013 2:59PM

Barton Brothers to host TOBA awards dinner


Former jockey Donna Barton Brothers will host the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association’s 28th annual National Awards Dinner on Friday, Sept. 6, at the Fasig-Tipton facility in Lexington, Ky. 

Barton Brothers, a former jockey, began riding professionally in 1987. She was leading rider by stakes winners at the 1995 Churchill Downs spring/summer meet and rode Hennessey to a second place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile later that year. She won 1,171 races over more than 11 years, and at the time of her retirement in 1998, was the second leading female jockey in the country by money earned.

In 1998, Barton Brothers began on-air racing coverage with Television Games Network (TVG), ESPN, Churchill Downs and Fair Grounds Race Course. In 2000, she began working for NBC Sports as its on-track reporter and analyst, and has since covered major events including the Triple Crown Series and Breeders’ Cup.

In addition to her television duties, Brothers is currently the Chief Operating Officer for Starlight Racing. She is also the author of Inside Track: Insider’s Guide to Horse Racing, published in 2011.

“We are honored to have Donna Barton Brothers host the TOBA National Awards Dinner,” TOBA president Dan Metzger said. “Donna is an accomplished broadcaster and horsewoman and we are excited to be teaming up with her on a special evening recognizing our sport’s leading owners and breeders.”

The TOBA National Awards Dinner honors the achievements of Thoroughbred owners in the four major North American racing regions and breeders in 21 states and Canada. In addition, the Rood and Riddle Thoroughbred Sport Horse of the Year Award will be presented to the owners of Thomas Edison, an ex-racehorse who has excelled in the show ring. TOBA will also honor Lisa Danielle as the National Broodmare of the Year and Gary Biszantz with the Industry Service Award.