Ellis, Alexander Elected to Thoroughbred Owners of California Board

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TOC’s membership elected Ron Ellis and Nick Alexander and re-elected incumbents Billy Morey, George Todaro, Michael Wellman and Jack Owens to its Board of Directors. Ellis, Alexander, Morey, Todaro and Wellman were elected to three-year terms, and Owens was elected to a one-year term. The new Board officially takes office on July 1st and will be seated at TOC’s first board meeting of the new fiscal year when directors meet on July 19 in Del Mar.

Ellis has been training since 1980 and has also served as a racing commentator for Fox TV Network and TVG. Among his many stakes winners are Twice the Vice, Exotic Wood, Pirates Revenge, Include Me Out, Benchmark, Rail Trip, Declans Moon, Don’t Get Mad and Buzzards Bay.

Alexander, a native of Southern California, is the owner of Nick Alexander Imports. He has raced Thoroughbreds for 35 years, including graded stakes winner Grazen. He also runs a horse ranch in Santa Ynez.

Morey first joined the board in November 2012 to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Ron McAnally. He is an owner, breeder and trainer and a native of Redwood City, California. He is a graduate of San Jose State University and worked for his father, trainer William J. Morey Jr., before starting training on his own in 2001. He currently maintains a barn of 30-40 horses predominantly in Northern California.

Todaro has served on the board since March 2012. A resident of Seattle, WA, he is a nationally renowned medical researcher and founder of several biotech companies. He has been an owner and breeder since 1991, currently has about 70 horses in training and has campaigned many stakes winners. He was leading owner in northern California for many years and leading owner of races won in California two years in a row.

Wellman, a native Californian, is president of International Molders, Inc., a manufacturing and international distribution company. He started in the claiming game 37 years ago and has since experienced all aspects of owning and breeding. He was first elected to the TOC board in 2012.

Owens was re-elected to the board in 2012 having previously served several terms beginning with the initial TOC election. He also served as Chairman of the Board in 2001-03, 2004-05 and 2011. A graduate of Stanford, he has been a lawyer for more than 30 years. Owens has been an owner and breeder for 30 years, racing predominantly in northern California.

A total of 7,471 ballots were mailed out to eligible voters, and 1,497 qualifying ballots were received. The complete vote tally is available for viewing on TOC’s web site at www.toconline.com.

Current TOC bylaws require that at least three board members be from Northern California. Representing Northern California on the Board are Dennis Cardoza, Ed Moger, Morey and Owens. TOC bylaws allow for up to six owner-trainers on the board, and representing the owner-trainer seats are Bob Baffert, Ron Ellis, Ed Moger, Billy Morey, John Sadler, and Kathy Walsh.

The newly elected Directors join Madeline Auerbach, Bob Baffert, Dennis Cardoza, Mark Dedomenico, Ed Moger, Mike Pegram, John Sadler, Pablo Suarez and Kathy Walsh in comprising TOC’s 2013-14 Board.

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  • david

    Don’t know much about Alexander but Ellis could care less about the Horseplayer!

    • Olebobbowers

      Agree 100% David. This Board just lost any credibility it may have had by electing ellis. What a joke…

  • Francis Bush

    How do we know if the fans are well represented by the choices just made? The resume’s sound impressive, but the data should have been available for fan scrutiny. I continue to be dismayed that the fans are the last to know about the choices. Keeping our fingers crossed that the Board has not made another poor decision.

  • Guy Fleegman1

    And these people that were elected to this board matter “why” ?

  • Nancy Taylor

    The self-serving TOC is all about me first and has no answer for the critical problems that face the industry. 1-Horse Inventory going from bad to worse. Your business has no chance to survive if you continue to offer a lousy product. 2-Takeout for the doubles and exactas remains outrageous. TOC/CHRB continue to keep their heads in the sand regarding this matter, further alienating their best customers. 3-Medication abuses (Legal and Illegal) above and beyond Baffertgate remain a big problem. The trainers feel they can use the kitchen sink on their horses as long as there is no test for what they are using. They are going to force the feds to intervene, which will be devasting for the sport. Unless some capable problem solvers come along that can make decisions for the greater good, the fan base will continue taking their business elsewhere.

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