Aaron Vercruysse has been retained by the Thoroughbred Owners of California to assist in the development and execution of initiatives dealing with wagering and purse improvements, the organization announced Nov. 30.
Vercruysse, who recently resigned as vice president of racing and wagering at Santa Anita Park, where he spent the last nine years, will be consulting in matters such as advance deposit wagering, domestic and international simulcasting, and player wagering programs, according to a statement from the TOC.
“We’re very excited about bringing Aaron aboard, and his addition couldn’t be coming at a better time,” said Brian Boudreau, TOC vice chairman and also also chairman of the owner group's ADW and simulcasting committee. “With so many racing and gaming issues coming up, including recent legislation to increase purses, his understanding of the economics in racing will be vital to maximize returns for owners, trainers, and jockeys.”
Vercruysse began his assignment with TOC Dec. 1. He will work directly with Guy Lamothe, executive vice president, as well as committees to the TOC board.
“Under this board’s leadership, TOC has a renewed focus on strategic issues that deliver meaningful results for Thoroughbred owners and the California horseracing industry,” Lamothe said. “We’re thrilled to be working with Aaron, who brings an excellent skill set, broad industry knowledge, and an accomplished track record to help us achieve our goals.”
Vercruysse also served on the board of directors of Tracknet Media Group from 2008 to 2010. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program.
“TOC is committed to developing opportunities and solutions for the best possible racing,” commented Vercruysse. “And I am excited to contribute to that endeavor.”