I have been licensed as an owner, since 1978. I reside and run my business, Aldrich Properties, in my hometown of Pleasanton. My wife Karen was a jockey for 25 years and we have two daughters and enjoy two grand children. 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.
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.
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.
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 50 years and have four grandchildren.
I have raced Thoroughbreds in California for 40 years. Phil D’Amato and Steve Miyadi are my trainers. In the last few years I have raced only Cal-bred homebreds. On our 280 acre ranch we grow alfalfa, oats, and forage hay to feed our broodmare band of 28 mares and their offspring. We have produced three graded stakes winners, Enola Gray, California champion three-year-old filly in 2016, Pee Wee Reese, and Grazen, now a successful stallion. We were #2 breeder in California by money won in 2017.
I’ve served on the TOC board for six years, currently as Chairman. The TOC has a wide range of goals being involved in all aspects of California racing, but our two main goals are to maximize purses at California tracks and insure the long-term stability and growth of racing in our state to give California owners the best possible chance to succeed. Bigger purses and a secure future encourage owners to buy and breed better horses. I’m proud to say the TOC board and staff work tirelessly toward those goals.
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 La Canada 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 and two Triple Crown wins with American Pharoah and Justify.
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.
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.
I am a thoroughbred industry veteran of more than 35 years. I was a professional jockey in addition to serving as a racing manager, marketing and media relations’ consultant, and broadcaster. During my nine-year riding career, I raced at many of the major tracks throughout North America including riding my first race at Del Mar in front of a hometown crowd, having grown up in San Diego.
After retiring as a jockey, I became the main workout rider for leading trainers including Hall of Famer Charlie Whittingham and was privileged to work out countless Grade 1 winners including 1989 Kentucky Derby winner Sunday Silence. Following my riding career, I earned a B.S. degree in Financial Services from San Diego State University, and my business resume includes a successful venture in corporate business development in the software technology industry.
I founded and run Bloom Racing Stable, LLC, a fully integrated horse racing company that has campaigned numerous stake winners. My first acquisition, Majestic City, was a multiple graded stakes winner and is now a commercial stallion standing in New York. I am extremely passionate about racehorses and their overall welfare both on and off the racetrack. In addition to joining the board of the TOC, I am proud to be a board member of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA), a nonprofit organization that provides accreditation and funding for approved racehorse aftercare facilities.
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.
I am a semi-retired Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor. I grew up in a working class family in Pittsburgh as the son of immigrant parents (England and Mexico) and studied at Cornell and Stanford, earning a PhD in electrical engineering. I co-founded four high-tech companies and most recently served as CEO of wireless technology pioneer CalAmp Corp. and as Managing Director of InnoCal Venture Capital.
My wife, Marcia, and I now live in Del Mar where we’ve been indulging our love of horse racing as fans, horseplayers and owners. We currently co-own more than a dozen Thoroughbreds in California and are partners in several more with Little Red Feather and Bourbon Lane Stable. Our horses have included seven stakes winners, notably millionaire GSW Bourbon Courage and recent G1 winner Fault.
I’m all-in on California horse racing. I serve on the board of the California Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Foundation (CTHF) and recently joined the advisory board of the TOC’s Political Action Committee. I fully support the TOC’s mission to maximize purse revenues and preserve the long-term viability of our sport. We face many threats, but I also believe there are opportunities to grow the game in collaboration with other key industry stakeholders. I have experience thinking out of the box and building consensus in challenging situations. I welcome the opportunity to represent you and work together to ensure our future.
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 Cypress, 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.
Growing up in Chicago, by the time I was 17 I was sneaking into Sportsmen’s Park, and my love for horse racing has been with me ever since. After graduating from Northern Illinois University I spent most of my career working in the sports industry. I started with Footlocker when there were just two stores and helped lead their growth to over 3,000 locations. In 1998 I became one of the four founders of GSI Commerce, which eventually ran over 100 online stores for companies like MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, and NASCAR. Based on the success we brought to all four sports leagues, we were able to negotiate unprecedented long term licensing deals which are still in existence today. In 2011 We sold GSI to eBay and I moved to California. Shortly after the move I decided to focus and make a commitment to horse racing.
Today, I have several horses with Little Red Feather and Eclipse Thoroughbreds, and in the last two years I also branched out on my own and now have broodmares, weanlings and a Cal bred yearling.
I fully intend to apply the same passion and vision I’ve had working with the pro sports leagues and NASCAR to California racing and TOC.
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, Grace Upon Grace, Shaman Ghost, Stay Thirsty, Merit Man, and Twice the Appeal. I have raced many of my homebreds in small partnerships and campaigned 2012 Santa Anita Oaks (gr. 1) winner Willa B Awesome. Along with Grade 1 winning Willa B Awesome I have raised and raced MY Fiona (Champion Cal Bred Two year old), Lost Bus (Champion Cal Bred Three year old), and other stakes horses such as Show It and Moe It, Unhitchthetrailer, Time for Angie, Willie B Awesome and many more.
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.
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.
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.
I was raised in New Jersey and moved to California with my family in the same year I started UCLA. Most of my adult life was spent in the Los Angeles area, first practicing law and then in the entertainment business. I currently reside in Solana Beach. My wife Cristina loves horse racing. Her late father was the president of the Jockey Club of Rio De Janeiro and also owned a stud farm.
My first entry into the horse business was by buying an interest in a $4,000 Standardbred claiming mare at Hollywood Park. After getting my feet wet and enjoying the game, I spent about 15 years buying Standardbred yearlings at the Tattersalls sales in Lexington and racing them on both coasts. When Hollywood Park closed night racing for Standardbreds, I moved on to Thoroughbreds. I have raced and bred in California since that time.
From 2009 to 2016 I was a Commissioner on the CHRB, and I served as Vice Chairman the last three years.
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.
I have owned horses for approximately ten years and have had a lot of success with horses such as The Pamplemousse, Turbulent Descent and Mizdirection in that 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 33 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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