The Breeders' Cup announced July 16 election results for five positions to its board of directors. Bill Oppenheim and Dr. J. David Richardson, are newly elected directors to the board.
Both Oppenheim and Richardson, along with Roy Jackson, who was re-elected to the board, will all serve four-year terms. Barry Weisbord was also re-elected, and will serve a three-year term, fulfilling the expiring term of Oliver Tait. These individuals were elected by the 48 Breeders' Cup members whose voting concluded July 16 at the annual meeting.
Jerry Crawford and Elliott Walden finished in a tie for the final position in the election, which is a one-year term to fill the expiring term of David Willmot. A runoff election by the members was scheduled to take place betweenJuly 22-26 to break the tie.
Following the meeting, Crawford and Walden met and agreed to draw lots and that the person losing the drawing would withdraw from the runoff election in order to avoid the cost and inconvenience of the runoff. The drawing of lots was held and Crawford lost and, therefore, agreed to withdraw from the runoff. Walden, who is new to the board, will serve the one-year term.
The Board of 14 Directors is as follows: Helen Alexander, Middlebrook Farm; Antony Beck, Gainesway Farm; William S. Farish, Jr., Lane's End Farm; Craig Fravel, president and CEO of the Breeders' Cup; Roy Jackson, Lael Stables; Bret Jones, Airdie Stud; Tom Ludt (chairman), Vinery; Robert Manfuso, Chanceland Farm; Clem Murphy, Coolmore Stud; Bill Oppenheim, journalist and pedigree consultant; Dr. J. David Richardson, chief of surgery, University of Louisville; Richard Santulli, Jayeff "B" Stables; Elliott Walden, WinStar Farm; and Barry Weisbord, Thoroughbred Daily News/Trakus.
Other actions taken by the members are as follows:
--Approved amendment to the corporation by-laws to eliminate past presidents as regular members and the designation of past presidents as honorary members;
--Approved amendment to the corporation by-laws to provide that the term of a director would cease at the same time he/she ceases to be a member;
--Approved amendment to the corporation by-laws that owners and breeders of weanlings in the corporation's international nomination program have no voting rights.