Pacemaker jointly bought by TBA and ROA
PACEMAKER, the famous racing and bloodstock magazine, has been jointly bought by the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association and the Racehorse Owners’ Association, TBA chairman Kirsten Rausing announced on Tuesday.
The title, with a history stretching back over 40 years, will merge with the joint TBA-ROA publication Thoroughbred Owner & Breeder.
Speaking at the TBA’s Annual General Meeting at the Hyatt Regency Churchill Hotel in London on Tuesday, Rausing said: "After several months of discussions with Pacemaker’s publisher, I am delighted to report that a deal was finalised just before Christmas.
"This will see the two magazines combined under the title of ‘Thoroughbred Owner & Breeder incorporating Pacemaker’ from the March edition under the continued editorship of Richard Griffiths.
"Pacemaker has been the pre-eminent racing and bloodstock magazine here and in Ireland for over 40 years. Its reputation and history will strengthen our title and help us to produce an improved publication, not only for the associations’ respective members, but for the whole bloodstock industry."
Rausing continued: "To some, this may seem a rather odd time for the TBA and the ROA to be making such an investment but, in fact, the bloodstock market’s recent contraction has made this an increasingly logicalmove.
"With the economic climate as it is, there is no longer room in this market for two publications of a similar type. Now, it is our belief that one strong racing and bloodstock magazine, published by two responsible racing bodies, will have a long-term future.
"I stress ‘long-term’ because publishing a specialist magazine during the next year or two is clearly going to tough andthe support of the bloodstock industry will be crucial to our making this work."