Thoroughbred Idea Foundation (TIF) Founder and Board Chairman Craig Bernick announced today the addition of Rory Babich and Donna Barton Brothers to the TIF Board of Directors.
Rory Babich currently assists in the operation of St. Elias Stables. Before moving to the horse racing and breeding business, he served as the CEO and President of the NHL's Florida Panthers and BB&T Arena. Previously, Babich worked as the Chief Operating Officer of the liquid markets funds business of Fortress Investment Group. Babich joined Fortress after working as an executive with Swiss Re Group, one of the world's largest reinsurers. He began his career as an international corporate attorney at the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison where he worked in their New York, Hong Kong and Tokyo offices on a wide range on global transactions.
Donna Barton Brothers is the Chief Operating Officer of Starlight and Star Ladies Racing. Brothers was the second leading female jockey in America by career earnings when she retired at the end of a 12-year career in 1998 following 1,130 wins. The author of Inside Track – Insider's Guide to Horse Racing, Brothers has been a member of the NBC Sports broadcasting team since 2000, covering the Triple Crown, Breeders' Cup, show jumping, Professional Bull Riding and other horse sports.
First TIF Report due this week
TIF will release its first in-depth industry report later this week. Launched to provide an active forum for the exchange, curation and advocacy of ideas which will improve thoroughbred racing for all stakeholders, and specifically its primary financial participants – horseplayers and owners – TIF intends for these reports to spark discussion and action about various industry policies which may have existed, unchanged, for decades.
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