The Blood-Horse

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The Blood-Horse
Editor Eric Mitchell
Former editors Dan Liebman, Ray Paulick
Frequency Weekly
Publisher Marla Bickel
Founder Thoroughbred Horse Association
First issue 1916
Company Blood-Horse Publications
Country United States
Based in Lexington, Kentucky
Language English
ISSN 0006-4998

The Blood-Horse is a weekly news magazine published by Blood-Horse Publications that originated in 1916 as a monthly bulletin put out by the Thoroughbred Horse Association.[1] In 1935 the business was purchased by the American Thoroughbred Breeders Association.[2] Since 1961 it has been owned by the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, a non-profit organization that promotes Thoroughbred racing and breeding.[3]

Based in Lexington, Kentucky, the publication's media kit states that the magazine "coverage includes race reporting, comprehensive analysis, events, trends, debate, farm management, pedigrees, people, profiles, medication issues, investigative reports, and breeding news and information, and anything newsworthy and important to the racing and breeding industry."[4] ESPN has called The Blood-Horse the thoroughbred industry's most-respected trade publication.[5]

The magazine won acclaim for its exclusive report indicating that 1986 Kentucky Derby winner Ferdinand had been slaughtered by his owners overseas after a marginal stud career. The news resulted in increased efforts to save retired racehorses.

The Blood-Horse has an online version, at[6]

For the new millennium, the magazine compiled a List of the Top 100 U.S. Racehorses of the 20th Century which was published in book form.

The similarly titled Australian Bloodhorse Review is unaffiliated.


1916 was the first Kentucky Thoroughbred Horse Association Bulletin posted. Volume 1, Number 1 was published August 1, 1916 by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Horse Association to serve a small community of breeders. The Bulletin was renamed "The Blood-Horse" and taken to a weekly frequency in 1929 and expanded to serve a global audience. The first issue of the public “The Blood-Horse” was published May 11, 1929 and held Blue Larkspur as the cover image.

The last of the original members that published "The Blood-Horse" was Thomas Piatt; A charter member in 1916, former VP of the old Thoroughbred Horse Association, and director of American Thoroughbred Breeders Association. He was also the founding member of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association.

Blood-Horse books:

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