Barry Weisbord, publisher of the Thoroughbred Daily News, has been named the 2013 recipient of the John Galbreath Award for Entrepreneurship by the University of Louisville Equine Industry Program.
While a student at the University of Pennsylvania, Weisbord became a hot walker for Allen Jerkens and other New York-based trainers. He later became a trainer himself, and then began managing bloodstock.
In 1993, he bought controlling interest in the Thoroughbred Daily News and built it into a top online industry publication, with more than 10,000 daily readers. Weisbord also introduced Trakus technology, which tracks exact placement of individual horses, to racing. The data is now shown at tracks worldwide.
He also owns champion racehorses, sits on the Breeders' Cup board and is a member of the Racing Hall of Fame.
"Barry Weisbord exemplifies the concept of entrepreneur in the horse industry," said Tim Capps, director of the Equine Industry Program at U of L. "He is a creative thinker, an innovator with great instincts for providing value to the customer and doing so with a sense of style and a touch of showmanship. He has a real passion for racing, and a flair for putting on a good show, something that is becoming a major point of emphasis in the sport."
Weisbord will be honored Oct. 24.