Greg Avioli

Forney Promoted To Executive Director Of Thoroughbred Owners Of California

The Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) announced the promotion of Mary Forney to the position of executive director, effective immediately. Forney has been with TOC since 2004 as director of operations. She has worked in the California horse racing industry for more than 30 years including 13 years at Santa Anita, most recently as simulcast […]

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Gary Fenton Joins Thoroughbred Owners Of California Board

The board of directors of the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) voted to appoint Gary Fenton to fill a vacancy on the board created by the recent resignation of Billy Morey. Fenton, who began his career as an entertainment attorney, is currently the managing partner of Little Red Feather Racing (LRF), one of California’s leading […]

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Avioli Named CEO Of Thoroughbred Owners Of California

The Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) announced today the hiring of longtime racing executive, attorney and legislative expert, Greg Avioli to fill the newly created position of TOC Chief Executive Officer, effective July 1, 2016. TOC Board Chairman Mike Pegram explained the new position: “Given the many opportunities and challenges now facing the organization, we […]

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New Company Links Mobile Games With Pari-Mutuel Pools

Former Breeders’ Cup and Stronach Group CEO Greg Avioli has teamed up with Youbet.com founder David Marshall and formed a California-based company that uses mobile games to introduce pari-mutuel wagering to an entirely new demographic. With direct ties to the horse racing industry, b Spot began accepting customers by private invitation earlier this month. During […]

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BC’s Carter Carnegie: Big shoes to fill

The departure of Breeders’ Cup senior vice president of sales Carter Carnegie, announced in a press release yesterday weeks after word began to circulate that he was leaving, is neither surprising nor entirely inappropriate. Carnegie, who spent more than 10 years with the Breeders’ Cup, actively pursued the vacancy created when former president and CEO […]

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Verge: Ready for a Wild Ride

Horse owner and entrepreneur Mark Verge, named chief executive of the Stronach Group’s racing assets on Wednesday, one day after Greg Avioli resigned from a similar position, summed up his expectations very succinctly: “I don’t know how long a ride it’s going to be, but it’s going to be a wild one.” Verge, 44, has […]

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Greg Avioli resigns post at Stronach Group

The Stronach Group announced today that Greg Avioli, President and CEO of The Stronach Group, Entertainment Division, has resigned his position with the company effective April 1, 2012. Mr. Avioli joined MI Developments Inc. (“MID”) in March of 2011 and led the efforts to transition MID’s racing and gaming assets, including Xpressbet®, HRTV®, Santa Anita […]

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LA mayor wants Santa Anita to host BC every other year

The Los Angeles Times reports that LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is in talks with Breeders’ Cup officials about a proposal to have Santa Anita host the Breeders’ Cup World Championships every other year.  The Times writes: “Breeders’ Cup officials are intrigued by the idea of placing the event at Santa Anita on the every-other-year rotation, […]

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Gutterman, Harlow out at Santa Anita

One week into the inaugural autumn meeting at Santa Anita Park, top officials from the racing office and marketing department have stepped down in what the Paulick Report was told were cost-cutting moves by parent company The Stronach Group. Resigning as vice president of marketing was Allen Gutterman, one of the most respected and knowledgeable […]

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New York Breeders’ Cup must be earned

When word got out last week that Breeders’ Cup officials were holding a reception in Los Angeles this Wednesday to confirm Santa Anita Park as host of the 2012 Breeders’ Cup, there was predictable disappointment and anger coming from some friends of New York racing, who thought it was about time for the championships to […]

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