Steve Schwartz Resigns TOC Position

Resigns from his position as president after just being named to the post Nov. 15.

Steve Schwartz has resigned from his position as president of the Thoroughbred Owners of California effective immediately is was announced Feb. 5.

Schwartz, a prominent trial lawyer specializing in equine veterinary and medical issues, had just been named president of the TOC Nov. 15, replacing Drew Couto.

Schwartz indicated that, having given this decision a lot of thought, he felt the time and travel involved were beyond his expectations. Spending enough time with family has always been a priority, Schwartz commented. He also expressed how much he enjoys being a part of the California racing industry and he intends to continue to be active when possible.

Marsha Naify, chair of the TOC board of directors, stated, “We respect Steve's decision and wish him all the best.”

Schwartz is a longtime horse owner who currently has six Thoroughbreds. TOC officials, in a release last year said Schwartz had been chosen following an exhaustive executive search and interview process that drew many applicants from California and around the United States.

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. For more, go to: