Greg Avioli

Thoroughbred Owners Of California Seeks Alternative Federal Legislation

Four years ago at the annual membership meeting of Thoroughbred Owners of California, then-president Joe Morris said the TOC’s board of directors was “100 percent against the federal government or USADA being involved” with oversight of Thoroughbred racing medication rules. Morris was referring to the Horseracing Integrity Act, federal legislation that would make the United […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Breeders’ Cup Can Run But Not Hide From Safety Concerns

The Breeders’ Cup board of directors meets on Thursday, June 27, and a key topic for discussion almost certainly will be whether or not to maintain the organization’s commitment to hold this year’s two-day championships at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., on Nov. 1-2. The easy decision would be to say that things are […]

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Further Safety And Welfare Reforms Added At Santa Anita, Upcoming Del Mar Meet

Ten weeks after introducing significant reforms in California aimed at reducing racing fatalities and improving the safety and welfare of horses and riders, The Stronach Group is now requiring all entries at Santa Anita to be accompanied by a pre-race exam form, signed by a trainer’s veterinarian and stating that a horse has no known […]

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Santa Anita To Resume Racing March 29 After Historic Agreement Reached On Medication Reforms

Santa Anita Park, Golden Gate Fields and the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) on Saturday reached an historic agreement to protect the safety and welfare of horses and riders in the state. This collective mandate enacts the most stringent medication policy in North America. Belinda Stronach, president and chairman of The Stronach Group (TSG), which owns both […]

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Future In Doubt For Golden Gate Fields In Northern California

Officials with The Stronach Group have called what it refers to as an “urgent meeting” with horsemen at Golden Gate Fields to discuss the future of the Northern California racetrack it owns. The Stronach Group and the California Horse Racing Board are at an impasse over the company’s application for a license to its upcoming […]

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‘The Ship Is Sinking’: CHRB Members Argue For Fewer Race Dates

The California Horse Racing Board had its second discussion in 2017 regarding a reduction in race dates, and, once again, received significant pushback from those in attendance at a committee meeting on Friday. According to, executive director Rick Baedeker presented the CHRB with three different calendars, each of which would reduce racing by 17-18 days. Thoroughbred […]

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TOC Says TwinSpires Now In Compliance With Geolocation Tracking, Restores Signal

Thoroughbred Owners of California chief executive officer Greg Avioli said the in-state signal has been restored to the Churchill Downs Inc.-owned advance deposit wager company TwinSpires in time for Saturday’s Santa Anita Derby program from Santa Anita Park. On Thursday, TOC officials withdrew consent for TwinSpires to accept wagers from California residents on California races […]

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John Van De Kamp, Former TOC President, Dies At Age 81

John Van de Kamp, who was TOC President and General Counsel from 1996 through 2004, died March 14 at his home in Pasadena following a brief illness. He was 81. Van de Kamp was born in Pasadena into a prominent family known for its popular baked goods and windmill-themed bakeries. He graduated from Stanford Law […]

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Avioli Appointed To NTRA’s Political Action Committee Board Of Directors

Greg Avioli, CEO of the Thoroughbred Owners of California, has been named to the Board of Directors of Horse PAC, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association’s federal political action committee. The appointment was made at Tuesday’s meeting of the Horse PAC board in Lexington. Avioli, a past president of Horse PAC, is a longtime racing executive, […]

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