Auerbach Named to CHRB; Derek Reappointed

Madeline Auerbach, a director of the Thoroughbred Owners of California and the co-founder and chair of the California Retirement Management Account, has been appointed to the California Horse Racing Board by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Bo Derek, who has been a commissioner with the CHRB since 2008, was reappointed, according to the Jan. 2 list of appointments released by the Governor's office.

The 69-year-old Auerbach, of Bell Canyon, Calif., replaces David Israel on the board. She was elected to the TOC Board in June 2006 and serves as chair of the Racing Affairs Committee. She has been involved in horse racing for more than 35 years, originally with her late husband, James. Auerbach broke into breeding in 1998 with the stallion Unusual Heat, perennially among the leading sires in California.

Auerbach was a chief financial officer at JSA Corp., a wholesale furniture manufacturing company doing business as Hippopatamus, from 1977 to 2004. She started CARMA, a charitable fund for retired racehorses that depends on the contributions of owners through purses. Auerbach is a Democrat.

Derek, 57, of Santa Ynez, is one of two vice chairpersons on the CHRB starting this year. She also chairs the commission's Medication and Track Safety Committee. Derek has been the owner of Bless the Beasts since 1998 and has been a film and television actress since 1977.

Both positions require Senate confirmation. Compensation is $100 per diem.