Breeders’ Cup Election: Oppenheim, Richardson, Weisbord, Jackson, Walden

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The Breeders’ Cup announced today election results for five positions to its Board of Directors. Bill Oppenheim and J. David Richardson, M.D., are newly elected Directors to the Board. Both Oppenheim and Richardson, along with Roy Jackson, who was reelected to the Board, will all serve four-year terms. Barry Weisbord was also re-elected, and will serve a three-year term, fulfilling the expiring term of Oliver Tait. These individuals were elected by the 48 Breeders’ Cup Members whose voting concluded Tuesday at the annual meeting.

Jerry Crawford and Elliott Walden finished in a tie for the final position in the election, which is a one-year term to fill the expiring term of David Willmot. A runoff election by the Members was scheduled to take place between July 22-26 to break the tie. Following the meeting, Mr. Crawford and Mr. Walden met and agreed to draw lots and that the person losing the drawing would withdraw from the runoff election in order to avoid the cost and inconvenience of the runoff. The drawing of lots was held and Mr. Crawford lost and, therefore, agreed to withdraw from the runoff. Mr. Walden, who is new to the Board, will serve the one-year term.

The Board of 14 Directors is as follows: Helen Alexander, Middlebrook Farm; Antony Beck, Gainesway Farm; William S. Farish, Jr., Lane’s End Farm; Craig Fravel, President & CEO of the Breeders’ Cup; Roy Jackson, Lael Stables; Bret Jones, Airdie Stud; Tom Ludt (Chairman), Vinery; Robert Manfuso, Chanceland Farm; Clem Murphy, Coolmore Stud; Bill Oppenheim, Journalist and Pedigree Consultant; J. David Richardson, M.D., Chief of Surgery, University of Louisville; Richard Santulli, Jayeff “B” Stables; Elliott Walden, WinStar Farm and Barry Weisbord, Thoroughbred Daily News/Trakus.

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  • Knowitall

    The old (white) boys club is intact.

    • jetto

      Who would you suggest for the board?

      • Knowitall

        Barbara Banke.

  • zchairman

    Racing, as a business has been in a serious decline for several years with no end in sight. If the racing industry was a public company, you would short its stock with both hands.
    What is consistent with its decline? The one consistent thing is the same people are running racing today as they have been during the precipitous decline of the sport as measured by all metrics such as handle, attendance and media coverage. Racing has literally become a ‘fringe and mostly irrelevant sport’ and without slot machine subsidies, the sport would nearly be dead right now.
    Until and unless there is new leadership at the BC and other organizations that run, govern, market and or influence racing, this downward ‘death spiral’ will continue until racing declines into oblivion.

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