The Thoroughbred Owners of California membership re-elected Martin Bach and Mace Siegel to its board and voted to add new representatives Madeline Auerbach and Harry Pellman in recently completed balloting. The new Board will take office on July 1. Auerbach became involved in horseracing 30 years ago with her late husband, James. Upon venturing into the breeding business in 1998 with their horse Unusual Heat, they had a successful line of runners, including Frankie Eyelashes, Tucked Away, Thermal Ablation, and Lennyfrommalibu.Bach, a Northern Californian, joined the TOC Board in 2003 and serves as finance chairman and treasurer. He has owned racehorses for more than 35 years and presently races, breeds, and sells Thoroughbreds. He currently owns 15 horses.Pellman has been the driving force behind a small group of friends owning racehorses for more than 25 years. A practicing pediatrician in a small multi-specialty medical group, he is a past ad hoc member of the TOC Medication Committee. A founding member of TOC, Siegel is currently board vice chairman. With daughter Samantha, he owns Jay Em Ess Stable. Among the horses they have campaigned is undefeated Declan's Moon, winner of the Eclipse Award as best 2-year-old colt of 2004. An annual election is held to fill four of the 15 board seats based on a staggered term structure. This year, there were eight candidates for the four seats. TOC bylaws require that at least three of the 12 owner-category board members be Northern Californians. This requirement was satisfied with the election of Bach.
The newly elected Directors join Barry Abrams, Donna Arnold, Tom Bachman, David Hofmans, B. Wayne Hughes, Jess Jackson, Billy Koch, Alan Landsburg, Marsha Naify, Philip Oviedo, and Donald Valpredo in comprising the TOC Board.