Jack Robbins Steps Down as Oak Tree President

He'll take over as association's board chair; John Barr elected to succeed Robbins.

Dr. Jack K. Robbins has stepped down as president of the Oak Tree Racing Association and has assumed the chairmanship of the board of directors. Robbins is the last remaining founding director of the Oak Tree Racing Association.

Robbins has led Oak Tree throughout its 42-year history, including the last 11 years as president, a time of great change for the not-for-profit racing association and the industry. He said he wants to spend more time with his wife, Maggie, who has been ill for several years.

John Barr has been elected to succeed Robbins as president.

Barr, an Oak Tree director of 14 years who also has served as president of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association, is still a member of the CTBA board. Barr currently serves on The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Safety Committee. He is a past steward of The Jockey Club and past director of Breeders’ Cup Ltd.

With his wife Betty, Barr breeds and races under the name of Oakcrest Stable.