Louisville Thoroughbred Society Hosts First “Investors Meeting”

(Mike Schnell, one of the “Founding Members” of the Louisville Thoroughbred Society goes through a PowerPoint presentation on the development of the new private club / Photo submitted)

The Louisville Thoroughbred Society held its’ first “Investor Member” meeting on Wednesday, March 13 at the Ice House in downtown Louisville.

Most of the investors — who have elected to be part of Louisville’s first premium private club dedicated to providing first-class amenities and services to those invested in, interested in, and fans of the Thoroughbred industry – were in attendance to get a first-hand look at the development of the new facility and to hear updates on when the club should be ready to open later this year.

Founding members Mike Schnell and Gene McLean introduced the Society’s IT team, at MoDuet, who have launched a new and improved, interactive website at www.thethoroughbredsociety.com. Individuals interested in becoming members of the new private club can visit the site, and join by simply accessing the “membership” link and filling out the necessary data and information. A confirmation email will be sent to confirm membership.

The Society’s Public Relations team – led by Joey Wagner, founder of the J Wagner Group, and Erica Outlaw, leader of Crushed Ice Catering – gave the group an update on the Society’s current, on-going and expected promotional and advertising campaigns. Advertising is currently being place in “Louisville Business First,” and the upcoming “Churchill Downs” magazine.

The LTS leadership team also portrayed the finalized floor plans; the interior design look; the proposed lighting furnishings; the look of the tile flooring areas; the updated bar look; the design of the “Cigar Bar;” the seating areas and furnishings; and artist renderings of the proposed outdoor, roof-top garden areas.

After some general discussion, the Investor Members were asked to consider serving on the Society’s first “Board of Managers,” and “Select Committees.” Interested individuals were asked to provide the Founding Members with biographical information and interest levels so that the group can place members on a project of mutual interest.

Before adjourning, the group agreed to plan, organize and create several “Hard Hat Tours,” and “Special Events” promoting the Society in the weeks and days leading up to the Kentucky Derby.

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds
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    Gene McLean began his professional career in 1977 as a sportswriter and columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader in Lexington, Ky., and was recognized as one of the state’s best writers, winning the prestigious “Sportswriter of the Year” honor in 1985. Now the President and Publisher of The Pressbox, McLean sets ...

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