Warren B. Williamson and Robert W. Zamarripa Sr. have accepted invitations to join the Oak Tree Racing Association’s Board of Directors.
Oak Tree President Dr. Jack K. Robbins announced their appointments Aug. 29.
“Our board is extremely pleased to fill the vacancies created in recent months by the untimely passing of Trudy McCaffery and Bob Lewis with a pair of horsemen who display the same passion for our sport and who long have worked to improve the lifestyle of residents in the Santa Anita area through their efforts in charitable and community projects.”
Williamson and Zamarripa were approved at the OTRA’s annual meeting this week.
Williamson was introduced to horses at an early age at the family’s 4,200-acre ranch near Ramona. He became involved in the sport as an owner in the late 1960s as part of the late Michael Morphy’s Impossible Stables. His stable’s orange and yellow silks have gained national prominence this year through the success of the unbeaten filly Nashoba’s Key. The California-bred daughter of Silver Hawk stretched her win streak to six with a smashing victory in the recent $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Handicap (gr. II) at Del Mar.
He began his career as a stockbroker with William R. Staats Brokerage Company. He joined Crowell Weedon & Co. in 1970 and became a general partner in 1976. He has served as chairman and CEO of Chandis Securities in Pasadena and has been chairman of Chandler Trusts for the past 22 years. His community service includes the boards of Good Samaritan Hospital, Los Angeles Philharmonic and California Thoroughbred Foundation. He is a life trustee of Claremont McKenna College.
Williamson previously served for more than a decade on the board of Hollywood Park as vice president, secretary and chairman of the board. He also was CEO of Hollywood Park Realty.
He resides in Pasadena with his wife, Alyce.
Zamarripa, a native of Los Angeles, now makes his home in Monrovia. He is part owner of the multiple stakes winner Jungle Prince.
With the passing last year of his wife Phyllis after 30 years of marriage, the father of four has increased his racing interests. He is looking forward to the racing career of two yearlings and a weanling.
Zamarripa began a career in the field of electrical wholesale distribution in 1955. In 1974 he became a partner and vice president of County Wholesale Electric Company and oversaw the opening of two new branches.
He purchased Los Angeles Wholesale Electric in 1983. His son, Bob Jr., took charge of the company, now known as One Source Distributors.