The Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) elected Arnold Zetcher chair of its 2010-11 board during a July 23 meeting at Del Mar.
Other officers elected during the first TOC board of directors meeting for the fiscal year were Brian Boudreau, vice chair Southern California; Keith Pronske, vice chair Northern California; Pete Parrella, treasurer; Pablo Suarez, secretary; and Mike Pegram, at-large member. The new board officially took office on July 1 following elections held in June.
Zetcher was elected to the board in 2009 and has served on the Racing Affairs, Owner Relations and Track committees in addition to serving as an at-large member on the executive committee. Zetcher’s top stakes winners include Gabby’s Golden Gal, Richard’s Kid, EZ’s Gentleman and Zardana, and he has campaigned such notable runners as Tizzy’s Tune, Gabrieline Giof and multiple graded stakes winner House of Fortune. Zetcher is the retired president, chief executive officer, and chairman of the board of Talbots, a chain of over 1,100 women’s specialty stores.
"I am honored to be elected chair,” said Zetcher. “The TOC has not always received due credit for its participation in and contribution to our industry’s many issues—and there is no shortage of pressing issues. I am looking forward to the TOC taking a stronger role as a strategic, innovative and leadership organization to help the industry in California and racing as a whole.”
TOC is the official organization serving new, veteran and future Thoroughbred owners in the state. It represents, advances, and protects owners’ interests and rights in legislative, administrative and business matters. Additionally, the organization provides ongoing educational opportunities for current and prospective owners, regularly presenting programs on Thoroughbred ownership including Ownership 101 Seminars, Advanced Horse Courses, and Conformation Clinics.