Six individuals are running for three open positions on the Breeders' Cup board of directors in voting that begins today on-line and continues until next Wednesday, when the organization holds its annual members meeting in Lexington. The Paulick Report has learned the candidates are incumbent board members Robert Manfuso and Richard Santulli, along with Bret Jones, Garrett O'Rourke, Bill Oppenheim, and Barry Weisbord. Incumbent Duncan Taylor elected not to seek another term on the board.
Voting is restricted to 48 individuals: members elected by Breeders' Cup nominators, founding members of the organization, and past presidents. Current Breeders' Cup officers are not permitted to vote, a departure from past elections.
Under by-law changes adopted in a special April meeting, directors will now serve four-year terms. Previously, terms of the 13 directors were for two years. Terms for six of those 13 were scheduled to expire this year, so a blind draw was conducted in April to determine the three seats that expire in 2011 and three that are up in 2012. Manfuso, Santulli, and Taylor drew 2011 expiration dates; the terms of Tom Ludt, Clem Murphy and Oliver Tait expire in 2012.
Terms of the seven remaining board members — Helen Alexander, Antony Beck, Jerry Crawford, William Farish Jr., Roy Jackson, Satish Sanan, and David Willmot — expire in 2013 or '14.
In addition to the extention of boards seats, those Breeders' Cup members elected by nominators will now serve four years rather than three. Election of those positions will be staggered, with 19 elected in 2012 and 20 in 2014. Under the previous bylaws, member elections for 13 seats were held annually.
The Paulick Report is contacting each of the six candidates running for the board in order to ask the following questions, answers to which will be published on Monday, July 11.
1) Why are you running for the Breeders' Cup board and what contributions can you make to the organization?
2) What do you see as the most pressing issues Breeders' Cup faces?
3) Do you believe Breeders' Cup should focus solely on the championship event and qualifying races, or assume a larger industry leadership role?
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