Thirteen individuals have been elected to the Breeders’ Cup board of members and trustees, the organization announced June 27.
Ballots were mailed May 8 and had to be received by June 18. The election results were confirmed by the firm Moore, Stephens, Potter June 26 and are expected to be ratified by the current Breeders' Cup board of members and trustees at its July 13 meeting.
Twenty-five people sought the 13 available seats on the 48-member board. Under the voting structure, 13 seats are up each year on a three-year rotation. The other seven seats are for founding members.
The following were elected to three-year terms:
Josephine Abercrombie, Pin Oak Stud
Antony R. Beck, Gainesway Farm
Reynolds Bell Jr., Reynolds Bell Thoroughbred Services
Thomas Gaines, Gaines-Gentry Thoroughbreds
L. William Heiligbrodt, Heiligbrodt Racing Stable
R.D. Hubbard, Crystal Springs Farm/H.J. Farm
G. Watts Humphrey Jr., Shawnee Farm
Roy Jackson, Lael Stable
John T.L. Jones III, Walmac Farm
Robert T. Manfuso, Chanceland Farm
Robert McNair, Stonerside Stable
J. Michael O’Farrell Jr., Ocala Stud Farm
Christopher Young, Overbrook Farm
Beck, Heiligbrodt, Hubbard, Humphrey, Manfuso, McNair, and O’Farrell were incumbents.
Those on the ballot who didn’t get elected were Bill Casner, WinStar Farm; Doug Cauthen, WinStar Farm; Terry Finley, West Point Thoroughbreds; E.K. Gaylord II, Gallardia; Jess Jackson, Stonestreet Stable/Farms; Richard Mandella, Richard Mandella Racing; Jim McAlpine, McAlpine Thoroughbreds; John Phillips, Phillips Racing Partnership/Darby Dan Farm; Richard Porter, Fox Hill Farm; Garrett Redmond, Ballycapple; Charlotte Weber, Live Oak Stud; and Barry Weisbord, Media Vista.
Members and trustees are elected by Breeders’ Cup foal and stallion nominators through a proportional shareholder voting system. The board meets at least annually for the election of members to the 13-person Breeders’ Cup board of Directors, which oversees the activities of the corporation.
The board of members and trustees will vote for six new members to the Breeders’ Cup board of directors at the July 13 meeting. Current members of the board of directors are Beck, Robert N. Clay, William S. Farish Jr., Tracy Farmer, Finley, James E. Friess, Hubbard, B. Wayne Hughes, Humphrey, Manfuso, Ogden Mills Phipps, Satish K. Sanan, and J.V. Shields Jr.
Day-to-day activities of Breeders' Cup are overseen by the organization's president, Greg Avioli.