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TOC Acts on Northern California Recommendations

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As part of an effort to address concerns raised by several Northern California members, the Thoroughbred Owners of California held an open forum July 28 at Golden Gate Fields and pledged to act on several recommendations.

TOC Elects Two New Board Members

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The Thoroughbred Owners of California membership re-elected Martin Bach and Mace Siegel to its board and voted to add new representatives Madeline Auerbach and Harry Pellman in recently completed balloting.

Northern California Horsemen Consider Breakaway Organization

About 200 Northern California horsemen have signed a petition supporting the formation of a new trainer/owner organization to represent them in negotiations with racetrack associations and others, saying they believe their affiliation with the Thoroughbred Owners of California is no longer adequate.

TOC Hires Northern Cal Staff Representatives

Richard Scheidt and Wayne Atwell have joined the Thoroughbred Owners of California staff as representatives for Northern California at Bay Meadows, Golden Gate Fields and the fairs.

Interruption of Hollywood Signal on TVG Averted

A dispute between TVG and the Thoroughbred Owners of California was resolved Wednesday afternoon allowing transmission of Hollywood Park's signal on the racing network just minutes before the track's first race of the 2006 season.

Interruption of Hollywood Signal on TVG Averted

A dispute between TVG and the Thoroughbred Owners of California was resolved Wednesday afternoon allowing transmission of Hollywood Park's signal on the racing network just minutes before the track's first race of the 2006 season.

Overnight Purses on Big Cap Day Boosted

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Santa Anita in conjunction with the California Marketing Committee and the Thoroughbred Owners of California, will boost purses for seven overnight races on Santa Anita Handicap day by $105,000.

TOC Hosts Free Ownership Workshop Jan. 21

California Horse Racing Board Chairman Richard Shapiro and owner J. Paul Reddam are among speakers scheduled for "Ownership 101," a free workshop on racehorse ownership Jan. 21 at Santa Anita Park.

Hollywood Park Increases Purses

Hollywood Park has increased overnight purses by 5%, retroactive to the Nov. 9 beginning of the autumn meet on Nov. 9. There are nine racing days remaining at the 27-day meeting, which concludes Monday, Dec. 19.

Hollywood, TOC Hammer Out New Purse Agreement

Hollywood Park, in an agreement hammered out with horse owners, will restructure its overnight purses for the upcoming Autumn meeting and will also cut back the total number of racing days after losing its turf course, the California Horse Racing Board was told Nov. 3. The track has cut 11 stakes races worth $2.3 million as a result of the turf problem.

Hollywood Park Cancels All Turf Racing at Autumn Meet

Citing dissatisfaction with its newly-installed turf course, Hollywood Park announced Tuesday there will be no grass racing at the 31-day autumn meet that begins Nov. 9. The announcement said purses from the eight graded races scheduled for the meet will be redirected to overnight purses.

Robert Bone, Rick Arthur Honored by TOC

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The Thoroughbred Owners of California awarded its Owner of the Year honor to Robert Bone - for the second year in a row - at the TOC Annual Meeting Aug. 13 at Del Mar. TOC also recognized veterinarian Rick Arthur with its Chairman's Award.

TVG/TOC Announce Winners of Film Contest

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TVG Network and the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) have announced the winners for the first TVG/TOC Short Film Contest, in which amateur filmmakers producing short films about Thoroughbred horseracing competed for $20,000 in cash prizes and an internship at TVG.

'Online Paymaster' Launched at Del Mar

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The Thoroughbred Owners of California and Del Mar Thoroughbred Club have launched a free online link to horsemen's bookkeeper accounts at all Southern California Thoroughbred racetracks.

Hughes, Jackson, Naify Join TOC Board

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B. Wayne Hughes, Jess Jackson, and Marsha Naify are the newest members of the Thoroughbred Owners of California board of directors, the organization announced June 24.

TOC Renews NTRA Membership for Five Years

The Thoroughbred Owners of California has renewed its membership in the National Thoroughbred Racing Association for the next five years in a move one NTRA official said bodes well for the overall membership renewal process.

Major Horsemen's Groups on NTRA Fence

Two major horsemen's groups in key racing states are reassessing their membership in the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, officials said. Meanwhile, some non-members are at least considering rejoining the organization pending review of the new NTRA strategic plan.

TOC: No Choice But to Evaluate Options

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The Thoroughbred Owners of California, faced with the possibility of losing a major racetrack partner, has been discussing its options for the future given ongoing rumors Hollywood Park may be sold and no longer offer horse racing.

Landsburg New TOC Chair

Citing other pending business commitments, Jack Owens stepped down Tuesday as chair of Thoroughbred Owners of California, but will remain a member of its board of directors.

TVG and TOC Team up for Short Film Contest

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TVG Network, the interactive horseracing network, and the Thoroughbred Owners of California announced Thursday the two organizations are partnering to offer the first TVG/TOC Short Film Contest, in which amateur filmmakers producing films about Thoroughbred horseracing will compete for $20,000 in cash prizes and an internship at TVG.

Mankiewicz, Griffin Named to TOC Board

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Entertainment industry figures Tom Mankiewicz and Merv Griffin have been appointed to the board of the Thoroughbred Owners of California to fill two unexpired terms.

Hollywood Gold Cup Returns to Handicap

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The Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I), one of the nation's premier races since Seabiscuit won the inaugural running in 1938, will be returned to its handicap status for the 66th running on July 9.

TOC Conformation Workshop at Santa Anita

Fans and prospective owners can learn about what physical traits to look for in a racehorse – both good and bad – during the Thoroughbred Owners of California free workshop on racehorse conformation Feb. 26 at Santa Anita.

Lewis, TOC Donate to Winners Foundation

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Recognizing the work Winners Foundation has done for members of the racing industry, the Thoroughbred Owners of California announced Jan. 7 that it has made a special $25,000 charitable contribution, which was immediately matched by former TOC chairman and director Bob Lewis.

Koch Named to TOC Board

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Billy Koch was appointed by the Thoroughbred Owners of California at its Jan. 6 meeting to fill a vacant slot on its board.

CHRB Questions Guild Rep on Rider Benefits

Recent reports that jockeys in many states don't have sufficient benefits to cover costs of catastrophic injuries sustained in riding accidents prompted some pointed remarks to a Jockey's Guild representative during the California Horse Racing Board Dec. 2 meeting at Hollywood Park.

Charles Resigns as TOC Chairman

Ron Charles has stepped down as chairman and as a member of the board of the Thoroughbred Owners of California to pursue other business interests he believes won't permit him to remain active, the TOC announced Oct. 1.

CHRB Urged to Wait on Jockey Weight Standards

The California Horse Racing Board should hold off on changing the jockey scale of weights until a national effort can institute uniform standards across the country, racing representatives told the board during its meeting July 22 at the Del Mar simulcast facilty.

Couto Takes Over as TOC President

Drew Couto, one of the founding directors of the Thoroughbred Owners of California, has been named president of the organization. He succeeds John Van de Kamp, who has been elected president of the State Bar of California.

High-Volume Shops Make Case As Wagering Study Continues

As the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Wagering Systems Task Force prepares to hear recommendations on ways to address the "handle up, purses down" situation, operators of high-volume betting shops believe they might be a target and suggest that, as generators of up to 15% of annual handle in North America, they should be directly involved in the process.

CHRB Agrees to Tackle Weight Issue

The California Horse Racing Board is ready to tackle a weighty issue: the scale. After hearing testimony from the Jockeys' Guild, CHRB chairman John Harris directed staff to develop a proposal to increase the minimum weight for riders and set healthier standards.

California Changes Allowance Conditions

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The Thoroughbred Owners of California, working in collaboration with California racetracks, has changed allowance conditions in an effort to increase the horse inventory and improve average field size.

A&M Records' Jerry Moss Named to CHRB

Jerry Moss, who co-founded A&M Records, was appointed to the California Horse Racing Board on Feb. 24, replacing longtime television producer Alan Landsburg, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced.

Magna's TV Distribution Under Fire Again

Unhappy with the lack of distribution for Magna Entertainment Corporation's Horse Racing Television signals from Santa Anita, Golden Gate Fields and Bay Meadows, California officials vowed Feb. 20 to address the issue when license renewals for the state's three approved account wagering services come up in December.

Van De Kamp to Leave TOC in July

After eight years of service, John Van de Kamp announced that he would be stepping down from his post as TOC president and general counsel on July 1, 2004.

Rebating, Graded-Stakes Mandate Complicate Licensing

Despite concerns the association's signal would be sent to wagering outlets that offer rebates, and the fact there is no contract yet with horsemen, the California Horse Racing Board Oct. 23 approved an application by the Los Angeles Turf Club for its Santa Anita Park meet that begins Dec. 26.

Do Horsemen, Tracks Know Who's Watching?

Do tracks really know who's watching? Racing continues to find new markets for its simulcast signal, but tracks and horsemen need to work together to trace where their product is sent and whether they are getting the revenues due them.

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