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Meet Our Board

 

Allen Aldrich

I have been licensed as an owner, and sometimes trainer, since 1978. I reside and run my business, Aldrich Properties, in my hometown of Pleasanton. I have been fortunate to be leading owner at Oak Tree at Pleasanton and Humboldt County Fair, and I have experienced the magic of having an ownership interest in an Eclipse Award winning champion, She’s A Tiger. My horses have raced and won at every live racing venue in California.

Having experienced each venue firsthand, I have gained tremendous insight and perspective on issues of concern to owners throughout the state. Whether my horse is entered in the Breeders’ Cup or a bottom-level Ferndale claimer I remain sensitive and proactive about issues affecting owners at each venue. I routinely interact directly with the leadership of the CHRB and CARF and was a Blue Ribbon Award winner from the Western Fairs Association in 2014.

Every surviving racing venue from Del Mar to Humboldt serves to provide statewide access to live racing for existing and potential race fans. Like myself, almost all racing owners start out as racing fans. It is the preservation of live racing venues that plants the seeds of interest from which we can harvest future generations of involved Thoroughbred owners. Throughout my adult life I have been passionately involved in all aspects of the Thoroughbred industry in California. TOC members are the custodians of live racing opportunities for future generations. It is that rich heritage that I will tenaciously strive to preserve.


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Nick Alexander

Born and raised in Southern California, I graduated from Pasadena High School and attended USC for two years. I sold Fords, VWs, and BMWs eventually opening my own BMW dealership in 1979 and adding Mini Cooper in 2002. My two children, Nick and Elizabeth, now run Nick Alexander Imports since I retired; and I run our horse ranch in Santa Ynez. My wife, Mary, and I have been married 44 years and have four grandchildren.

I’ve been racing thoroughbreds for 35 years. My trainers are Mike Mitchell in Southern California and Steve Miyadi up north. I have gradually changed focus from claiming horses to running our home-breds. We grow our own feed and have 26 broodmares and their offspring on 180 acres in Santa Ynez. We had our first graded stake winner, Grazen, in 2009 and are constantly trying to improve our broodmare band. We were #10 on the Cal-bred breeders list for purses won in 2012.

I’ve learned from serving on other boards that as a new member, it’s best to be a good listener, learn the issues, think long term, and focus on possible solutions before opening your mouth. That being said, I am very enthusiastic about the Cal-bred maiden bonus program and enhanced stakes series. Those programs encourage breeders to breed more and better horses, resulting in bigger fields and higher quality racing and ultimately increased handle and bigger purses.


Bob Baffert

I was born in Nogales, Arizona, and grew up on my family’s cattle ranch. A graduate of the U of A’s racetrack industry program, I began training my father’s quarter horses before moving my own stable to Los Alamitos in 1982. I switched to training Thoroughbreds in 1991. I am the father of five and reside in Arcadia with my wife, Jill.

I have continually been a leading trainer by earnings in the nation, hold multiple Southern California training titles, and am a three-time Eclipse Award winner. I won the Kentucky Derby with Silver Charm, Real Quiet, and War Emblem; the Preakness with Silver Charm, Real Quiet, Point Given, and War Emblem; and the Belmont S. with Point Given. I also have seven Breeders’ Cup wins.

My goal is to restore California to its former glory. California offers the best racing in the world, and I want to explore opportunities to recruit new owners and more horses to the state. I hope to use my unique knowledge and experience to help create a positive image of California racing.


Joe Ciaglia

I began my first company when I was 20 years old. With excellent work ethic and determination, I’ve developed more than 10 successful companies. I’m the CEO of California Landscape & Design and California Skateparks, the world’s most recognized skatepark design and build firm. I’ve completed several projects for celebrities and professional athletes, including Rafael Bejarano and Tony Hawk. My wife, Stephanie, and our children, Ashley and Anthony, are all integral to the family businesses.

In 1999, I claimed my first horse at Del Mar. I began breeding horses in 2004 and started buying from sales in 2009. I’ve been fortunate enough to win three Grade 1 stakes and campaigned Weemissfrankie, who ran 3rd in the Breeders’ Cup, and Dance With Fate, who won the Blue Grass and then ran in the 2014 Kentucky Derby. Our homebred highlight came in 2015 with multiple Grade 2 winner Ashleyluvssugar whose dam, Ashley’s Folly, earned California-bred Mare of the Year.

What I enjoy most about this industry is the passion of the owners, trainers, and bloodstock agents that surround me. I consider these horseracing partners to be my family and friends and have the utmost loyalty to them. I would like to advance the sport by using my energy, excitement, open mindedness, and innovative ideas to bring more fans and owners to California horseracing. I will bring the drive that’s made me successful in life to the TOC and draw in new owners and fans. Nothing is more enjoyable than sharing those winning moments with family and friends.


Dr. Mark Dedomenico

Dr. Mark Dedomenico

A cardiovascular surgeon and researcher, I played a key role in the development of coronary bypass surgery, the Guided Flow Aortic Heart Valve and the Bionit Arterial Grafts. I’m a founding member of Hope Heart Institute. I own and oversee Pegasus Thoroughbred Training and Rehabilitation center in Redmond, Washington where I am involved in researching new treatments for equine injuries and the use of Platelet Rich Plasma and Stem Cell Therapy.

I started going to the track with my father, who raced multiple stakes winners on the west coast for many years, over 60 years ago. Following in his footsteps, I have more than 50 horses in training and have won two Eclipse Awards with three-year-old champion Blind Luck and two-year-old She’s A Tiger. I also own several graded winners.

To find research funding to resolve the Lasix issue where the health of the horse is our first priority. Last year I held a meeting of leading veterinarians involved in EIPH and Lasix research. We were successful in halting those who wanted to discontinue Lasix use. Dr. Gordon Cohen, renowned cardiovascular surgeon, and I have written a Request For Funding to conduct research to determine the cause/cure of EIPH and research which will allow a simple blood test to identify horses susceptible to injury within 30 to 60 days. I petitioned Congress for matching funds for equine research. Those funds were included in the latest Farm Bill.


Ron Ellis

Ron Ellis

I have been training since 1980 and have also served as racing commentator for Fox TV Network and TVG. Married into a racing family, my wife, the former Amy McGee, has two brothers in the industry – Marty, a Midwest columnist for Daily Racing Form, and Paul, a trainer based in Kentucky. We have three daughters.

I was fortunate my first horse, To B. Or Not, became a multiple stakes winner and launched my career at the age of 20. Among my many stakes winners, which include more than 20 Grade I’s, are Twice the Vice, Exotic Wood, Pirates Revenge, Include Me Out, Benchmark, Rail Trip, two-year-old champion Declans Moon, Indiana Derby winner Don’t Get Mad, and Buzzards Bay, winner of the Oaklawn Handicap.

I hope to make a positive contribution to the board, drawing from my 38 years of experience on the backstretch. I believe the TOC has been a powerful voice for the horsemen, and I was very proud to serve as a director when TOC was so instrumental in the passage of SB1072, which greatly increased purses in California. Currently the major issue facing California horsemen is finding the best possible solution to replacing Hollywood Park for racing and training of our horses. Fair distribution of ADW money and high tech drug testing and surveillance are issues that always need improvement.


Gary Fenton

I grew up in Beverly Hills, CA and where I caught the horse racing bug at an early age attending races at Hollywood Park, Del Mar and Santa Anita, including the first Breeders’ Cup in 1984. I began my career as an entertainment attorney working for the William Morris Agency before moving to media companies such as ATG, Carsey-Werner, and AMC.

In 2005, I transitioned careers to become the Managing Partner of Little Red Feather Racing, now California’s largest syndicate with over 50 horses and 400 active partners. Being the head of syndicate is much like representing actors, writers and television production companies. The client is always the boss and it is our job to create the best racing experience possible for them. LRF campaigned Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Singletary and most recently multiple graded stakes winners Egg Drop, Midnight Miley and Midnight Storm. Since 2010, only four owners have more starts in California than LRF. In addition, I am very proud to be part of an organization that during this same span has brought in more new owners into California racing than anyone or entity.  In 2016, LRF launched the industry’s first ever Equity Crowdfunding campaign in an effort to give the avid fan/prospective owner a chance to invest in horse ownership for the first time.

My wife, Katie and I live in Los Angeles with our two amazing sons, Brady and Carter.


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Mike Harrington

Dr. Mike Harrington is a graduate of Washington State University School of Veterinary Medicine. Mike comes from a long line of race trackers following his father, grandfather, and great grandfather into the horse racing business. After retiring from his veterinary practice in 1993, he joined his wife, Patricia, an accomplished trainer in her own right, as a full time trainer. Mike and Patricia reside in Westchester, California.

Mike has a solid reputation as a conditioner of top-notch juveniles. A steady, dedicated, and well-respected horseman, Mike’s success with two-year-olds includes Buck Trout, Swiss Yodeler, and Creative Cause. Mike and Patricia are owner/trainers/breeders.

We have many complex issues we have been working on including racing integrity, track safety, lowering expenses, competition for the gambling dollar, and new sources of income. I think it is important to attract new owners to California, but it is even more important to keep the ones we have. I am an advocate for increased participation purses and redistribution of the purse percentage. Anyone that thinks the solutions are simple should run for the board. I have attended every board meeting and our board has worked very hard. I would like the continued opportunity to help move the industry forward.


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Terry Lovingier

I am owner and president of Lovco Construction, Inc., a heavy industrial contractor based in Signal Hill, Calif. I hold a civil and environmental engineering degree from U.C. Irvine. My family roots are in Oklahoma, but I was raised in Lakewood, Calif. and now live in Los Alamitos with my wife, Barbara. I also own and operate Lovacres Ranch in Warner Springs just east of Temecula, encompassing over 500 acres.

I was exposed to horses at a very early age and have always loved them. I began breeding Quarter Horses for the commercial market at a ranch I bought with my father and brother in Waco, Texas. While in Texas, I raised All American Futurity winner Streakin Flyer. After we sold that ranch, we moved our horses to Lovacres, where we now stand several Thoroughbred stallions including Awesome Gambler, Empire Way, Time To Get Even, Bushwacked, Grace Upon Grace and Swiss Yodeler. I have raced many of my homebreds in small partnerships and campaigned 2012 Santa Anita Oaks (gr. 1) winner Willa B Awesome. I currently have Willie B Awesome, Time For Angie, Time for a Hug and Takem by Surprise.

We need to take care of the people who take care of our industry, such as the breeders, the gamblers, and the owners who race the horses. We need to make sure that our fans don’t go elsewhere, such as Las Vegas, because we haven’t catered to them. We need to look at all the options and put together packages that entice new people, especially youngsters, to participate. We also need to keep our focus on the welfare of the horses.


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Ed Moger

I was raised in Washington and live in Richmond, California. Thoroughbred racing is a passion of mine, and I have devoted my life to it. I served on the CTT Board from 1994 to 2009 (President in 2007) as well as the CTHF Board. In 2008, I was honored by the CTBA as Outstanding Trainer for 2007.

I have been training Thoroughbreds for over 36 years. Having much success in the Northwest, I moved to California in 1990 and currently train at both Northern and Southern California tracks. I am an owner (40+ horses), breeder, and farm owner and am very involved with the horses in my care.

I am very concerned with the current state of racing in California. My goals are to increase breeding and horse population, change purse distribution, develop a better racing program, and significantly increase handle. The future of racing in California requires the involvement of trainers, owners, racetrack officials and the general public who enjoy the sport. I would like the opportunity to help improve racing in California.


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Jack Owens

My undergraduate and professional education was at Stanford, and I live in Modesto. I have been a lawyer for more than 30 years. I was a partner in a large law firm and was Gallo Winery’s general counsel for 30 years. I have also had various periods of government service and law teaching.

I have been an owner and breeder of thoroughbreds for 30 years, racing predominantly in Northern California. I was elected to the TOC Board in its initial election, was reelected in 1997, and served as Chairman of the Board in 2001-03, 2004-05, and 2011.

My goal is the same as the assigned mission of the TOC – to advance and protect the interests of owners at the legislative and regulatory levels and in negotiations with other elements of the industry. We particularly need to identify potential future revenue sources for the industry and to seek to ensure that owners receive their fair share.

 


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Mike Pegram

Born in Kentucky, I was raised in Indiana near Ellis Park, where my love of racing first began. I have owned and operated McDonalds restaurants for over 30 years. I was a contributing founder of the National Thoroughbred Association and am an active supporter of Ronald McDonald Charities. My wife, Mary Ellen, and I spend our time between Phoenix, Reno and Del Mar.

I have operated my Thoroughbred stable for over three decades, racing four champions including Real Quiet, Silverbulletday, Midnight Lute, and 2009 Juvenile Colt Lookin At Lucky. I have been fortunate enough to win five Breeders’ Cup races, the Dubai World Cup, the Kentucky Oaks, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.

These are perilous times for racing. As a TOC director, I will do my part to unify a deeply divided industry. It is my commitment to work on the imminent, make-or-break decisions that we face with the future of our racetracks, purse structure and overall declining health of racing. I will bring a common sense approach to help the business that we love. Let’s work together to make California racing great again.


 

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Samantha Siegel

I am passionate about horse retirement and serve on the board of CARMA (California Retirement Management Account) and as Treasurer of that organization. I also serve on the board of directors of the Edwin J. Gregson Foundation. I reside in Beverly Hills.

Racing as JayEmEss Stable, I am an active owner and breeder whose family has been involved in California Thoroughbred racing for more than five decades. My late father, Mace, was a founding member of the Thoroughbred Owners of California. JayEmEss has campaigned many graded stakes winners, including multiple Grade I winners Urbane, I Ain’t Bluffing, and Include Me Out, Grade I Hollywood Gold Cup winner Rail Trip, 2004 champion juvenile colt Declan’s Moon, multiple Grade 2 winner Arson Squad, and homebred Grade I winner By the Moon.

I was honored to be appointed to the board in January of this year, and I am looking forward to working toward the continued improvement of Thoroughbred racing in California.


 

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Bill Strauss

I have owned horses for approximately five years and have had a lot of success with horses such as The Pamplemousse, Turbulent Descent and Mizdirection in that short period of time. I have been a fan and student of the game for decades. I enjoy the mornings as much as I enjoy the afternoons at the racetrack.

I would like to combine my experience as a businessman and passion for horseracing to give back to the game I love. I would like to put programs in place to promote larger field sizes and to attract more owners, gamblers and casual fans to racing. I would promote consensus among owners, trainers, gamblers and track management to work together and have a common voice regarding takeout, medication, etc. – with a healthy dialog on these issues and sound reasoning that is explained to all when decisions are made. I believe in transparency to all constituents, using fact-based data to come to decisions.

I was born in 1958, have been married for 28 years, and have two children. I live in Del Mar. I was co-founder and CEO of Provide Commerce/Proflowers. I took the company public on NASDAQ in 2003 at $15 per share, selling the company two years later for $33.75 per share. Previously, I was a Senior Vice President of Operations for ChipSoft/Intuit. I have been involved in many local business organizations and charitable endeavors including UCSD Connect, Casa De Amparo, Naval Special Warfare Foundation and the MS Society-Pacific South Coast Chapter.


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Kathy Walsh

I began helping my father, a thoroughbred trainer, when I was only 8. My entire life has been devoted to thoroughbred racing. I was a member of the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association and a former Director of the Washington HBPA and California Thoroughbred Trainers. I live in Monrovia, California.

I am an owner, trainer, and breeder. I have been operating a public training stable for over 40 years and have operated racing stables in New York, Illinois, Kentucky, Florida, Arkansas, Minnesota, Washington, and California. I am one of very few women to start a horse in the Kentucky Derby.

I love thoroughbred racing and it has been good to me. I am deeply concerned with the current state of our industry. I am dedicated to rescuing Northern California; racing must be statewide and we can’t afford to lose any more major racetracks. It’s time for us to roll up are sleeves and work together. You can count on me to work hard on your behalf.


 

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