Thorobeam Farm owner/operator Craig Beam has been named to the Ohio Thoroughbred Race Fund committee by Gov. John Kasich. He joins Kimpton Williams and Daniel J. Gutterman, who were previously appointed to the three-person committee. Beam and his wife Cathy have raced horses since 1992.
The Ohio Thoroughbred Race Fund supports breeding in Ohio. It has seen substantial growth thanks to racetrack-based video lottery terminals.
“We bought a yearling at the 1992 Keeneland sale and also bought a racehorse at the track,” said Beam. “We went to some of the Ohio Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners seminars early on and things just evolved from there. For a long time we bred our mares in Kentucky and Florida, and then a few years ago, when Ohio was on the upswing from the racinos coming into play, we decided to move all of our mares back to Ohio, and to focus on the accredited program.”
Amen Hallelujah, the 2009 Florida-bred two-year-old filly champion, was one of Beam’s top horses. He was bred by Thorobeam Farm and earned $610,081 during her career. Also on Beam’s resume of top horses was Mr. Silver.
“One of the reasons I am looking forward to my new position is that I hope to further the breeding program in Ohio,” said Beam.