California Trainers' Groups Reach Agreement

Organization's by-laws must be revised to allow for new election.

Two groups representing California trainers have reached agreement on some differences and the result could mean a new election for the California Thoroughbred Trainers, which represents trainers in the state.

According to a release from California Horsemen for Change, it is comprised of  "a group of California trainers concerned with the future of California racing."

The CHC statement said the CTT board took the action of pursuing a new election after meeting with representatives of the new trainers’ group for about an hour Oct. 9. Among the trainers representing California Horsemen for Change were Bob Baffert, Doug O’Neill, John Sadler, and Bruce Headley.

The statement said the meeting took place in an effort to resolve differences between the two groups since the CHC was preparing to seek decertification of CTT as the organization representing California’s Thoroughbred trainers.

"The meeting ended on a positive note when, on the motion of John Shirreffs, a member of both the CTT board and the California Horsemen for Change, the CTT board voted to hold new elections to fill the seats of the entire board," the statement said.

Jim Cassidy, president of CTT, said there were a number of concerns voiced by the trainers from CHC, mostly over issues pertaining to California racing, such as medication and track surfaces.

While the CTT board voted to conduct a new election, Cassidy said the organization’s by-laws will have to be amended to allow for such an election. He said CTT was reviewing the by-laws and should have the necessary amendments ready in about a week. Once that is done, he said a general meeting would be conducted to inform everyone about the process of conducting the new election.