Madeline Auerbach retired Monday from the California Horse Racing Board after serving nearly six years as a racing commissioner, the last three as vice chair. She was first appointed to the Board on Jan. 2, 2014, and then reappointed through Jan. 1, 2022.
“During the decades I have been involved in the horse racing industry, my work has centered on doing what is best for these amazing animals,” Auerbach said. “I want to thank Governor Jerry Brown for appointing me to the Board and allowing me to do so.”
Auerbach served on the CHRB Medication, Safety and Welfare Committee from 2014, initially as vice chair and the last five years as chair. An active Thoroughbred owner and breeder, she founded the California Retirement Management Account (CARMA) in 2007 to raise money for retired racehorses and plans to continue supporting CARMA in its ongoing efforts to provide proper care for horses.
Gavin Newsom, who succeeded Brown as California's governor in January 2019, has made three appointments to the seven-member board: Dr. Gregory Ferraro, Oscar Gonzalez and Wendy Mitchell, none of whom are active as Thoroughbred owners or breeders. Another CHRB member, Dennis Alfieri, relinquished his CHRB owner's license and said he will not race horses in California after Newsom was quoted in published reports to the effect that individuals regulating the horse industry should not have any conflicts of interest.
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