Arcadia, Calif. – Josh Rubinstein has been selected by the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) as recipient of the 2021 Ed Friendly Industry Service Award. The award is presented annually to recognize outstanding contributions and service in the Thoroughbred racing industry. Originally known as the TOC Chairman’s Award, it was renamed for the legendary television producer, thoroughbred owner, and TOC founding member following his death in 2007. Among former awardees are some of the most prominent names in Southern California racing, including Mace Siegel, John Harris, Bob and Beverly Lewis, Jerry and Ann Moss, and Clement Hirsch.
Rubinstein is President and Chief Operating Officer of Del Mar Thoroughbred Club (DMTC), a position he has held since 2018. He has been with DMTC for 35 years and has held positions in communications, sales and marketing before being named Executive Vice President in 2013. He is currently on the board of directors of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), the Thoroughbred Racing Association (TRA), the California Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Foundation (CTHF) and Southern California Off-Track Wagering Inc. (SCOTWINC).
Rubinstein is being honored for his many years of service to the California Thoroughbred racing industry and for his continuing role in helping Del Mar to forge a superior working relationship with TOC and the other California racetracks. This relationship has been invaluable in helping us negotiate the challenges of the last few years and those we face as we move forward.
“Josh is a great ambassador for California racing,” said TOC Chairman, Gary Fenton. “He and the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club are true partners with TOC in every sense. With the challenges we faced recently, Josh rose to the occasion and helped steer California racing to the forefront of national medication and safety changes. His name belongs on the great list of recipients of this award.”
Rubinstein will be recognized at TOC’s Southern California Annual Meeting at Del Mar on August 13th.