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The world’s greatest have to start somewhere. And for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, that somewhere was Hollywood Park in 1984. What began as a one day, 7-race event has grown into a two-day, $28 million extravaganza attracting the best horses, trainers, and owners from across the globe. It has also become the unofficial end and culmination of the thoroughbred-racing season, often with the Breeders’ Cup Classic being the deciding factor in Horse of the Year. And while these two days have seen legends born, history made, and fortunes won, the greatest part is that the best is still yet to come.
Board of directors
Fred W. Hertrich IIIChairmanFred W. Hertrich III
President, Hertrich Family of Automobile Dealerships / Proprietor, Watercress Farm
In 1975, after graduating from Bucknell University with a BSBA in ’68, Mr. Hertrich became the youngest Ford Dealer in the United States, forming Frederick Ford Mercury in Seaford, Delaware. Today, he is the President of the Hertrich Family of Automobile Dealerships, representing 19 vehicle franchises, 3 Collision Centers and a long-term Leasing Company, ranking them in the top 50 privately owned retail automobile groups in North America.
Fred is also the proprietor of Watercress Farm, a 600-acre nursery in Paris, Kentucky. Under his ownership, 14 graded stakes winners and over 60 graded stakes placed or listed winners have been bred, raised and sold commercially from Watercress, including GI winner and champion, Shamardal and GI winners, Boys of Tosconova and Street Boss. This years’ 2-year-old crop is represented by undefeated Grade 3 winner, Catholic Boy.
Fred is honored to be the Chairman of the Breeders' Cup Board of Directors and to help shepherd the vision of maintaining the Breeders’ Cup as the leading Thoroughbred race venue and life style event.
Dan PrideVice ChairmanDan Pride
Chief Operating Officer, Godolphin America
Dan Pride worked weekends and summer vacations in various roles in the industry before making the decision to leave his career in secondary education in South Carolina to pursue his dream of working in the thoroughbred industry. Pride moved to Lexington in 1999 with his wife Beth and initially worked as a groom for Airdrie before joining Vinery as their Auction Sales Manager. From Vinery he moved to Taylor Made, where he served two years as Mark Taylor’s assistant before being hired as Nomination Sales Manager for Sheikh Mohammed’s newly formed stallion division, Darley at Jonabell Farm. In 2006 he was appointed as COO of Darley America, overseeing a bloodstock band of over 400 head and over 200 employees. After two years in that role, he was appointed COO of Fasig-Tipton before resuming his role as COO for the newly merged Godolphin in 2014.
As a member of the Breeders’ Cup Board of Directors, Dan believes that the Breeders’ Cup serves as a great platform to be innovative and to find new ways for existing and future owners and fans to participate in our sport.
Barbara BankeBarbara Banke
Chairman and Proprietor, Jackson Family Wines
One of the wine industry’s top executives and innovators, Jackson Family Wines Chairman & Proprietor Barbara R. Banke has spent the last two decades leading the company she co-founded with her late husband, wine icon Jess Jackson, while building and expanding their mutual passion for Thoroughbreds via Stonestreet Farm.
The UCLA and Hastings Law School graduate is no stranger to juggling diverse workloads. A former land use and constitutional law attorney, Banke spent more than a decade arguing cases before the United States Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal, and raised three children with Jess (Katie, Julia and Christopher Jackson).
Barbara’s Stonestreet Stables has won graded stakes in eight countries including Horses of the Year & Racing Hall of Fame inductees Curlin and Rachel Alexandra, homebred Eclipse Award Winner My Miss Aurelia, and the Cartier 2016 two-year-old filly of the year, Lady Aurelia.
A leading commercial breeder, Stonestreet has bred and raised horses that have won a combined 91 Graded and Listed stakes races, including the 2011 G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies with My Miss Aurelia.
As a member of the Breeders’ Cup Board of Directors, Barbara is committed to pursuing a bright future for an industry and sport that have provided her with so many thrills and memories.
Antony R. BeckAntony R. Beck
Owner and President, Gainesway
Antony Beck is owner and president of Gainesway, a historic stallion station and breeding farm in Lexington, Kentucky. Beck has been a prominent leader in the thoroughbred business for more than 25 years.
Born in Britain into a racing family, Beck graduated with honors from London University. He gained his initial industry experience managing thoroughbred studs for his father, Graham Beck, in South Africa. After his family purchased Gainesway in 1989, Beck moved to the property, where he and his wife, Angela, have raised their five children: Emma, William, Andrew, Henry, and Lily.
At Gainesway, Beck has been instrumental in acquiring and managing successful stallions such as Empire Maker, Mr. Greeley, and Tapit—North America’s leading sire in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Also under Beck’s leadership, Gainesway has emerged as an elite consignor of horses at auction, ranking among the top four consignors by gross sales in each of the last six years. In addition to his role as Vice Chairman of Breeders' Cup's Board of Directors, Beck is a member of The Jockey Club, serves on Keeneland's executive committee, and is on the Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders Association's board of trustees. Beck remains committed to industry improvement and has been outspoken on issues of raising medication standards and public perception of horse racing.
Craig BernickCraig Bernick
President and Chief Operation Officer, Glen Hill Farm
Since 2008 Craig Bernick has been President and Chief Operating Officer of Glen Hill Farm – the farm that his grandfather Leonard Lavin started in 1966. The Ocala, Florida farm has 30 broodmares and 30 horses in training in Southern California, Florida and the Mid-Atlantic. Glen Hill Farm raced such horses as Relaunch, Convenience and One Dreamer and more recently, Banned, Marketing Mix, Pontchatrain, Wishing Gate, and Diversy Harbor.
Craig Bernick is also a managing partner in Elevage Bloodstock, an investor in stallion shares and broodmares. In addition to the Breeders’ Cup, Bernick is on the Executive Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, and has served on the Executive Committee of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance. He is an officer of the Lavin Family Foundation, which supports education, after-school and health programs in Chicago and around the country.
A graduate of Tulane University, Mr. Bernick was an executive at Albert-Culver Company before entering the horse business.
William S. Farish JrWilliam S. Farish Jr
Bio to come.
Bobby FlayBobby Flay
Bobby Flay is a Chef, Restaurateur, and one of the most recognized food personalities in America. Mr. Flay owns and operates a handful of high end restaurants at the moment, including Gato, Bar Americain, Mesa Grill and Bobby Flay Steak.
The Chef also is the creative energy behind his fast-casual concept, Bobby's Burger Palace - with close to 20 locations around the country.
In 2015, Mr. Flay was awarded the first ever star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for a Chef or Food Personality.
He has also garnered countless culinary awards from the James Beard Foundation, Michelin, and was inducted into the Who's Who of Cooking in America - the Culinary Industry's Hall of Fame.
For his television presentations and productions, Mr. Flay has won no less than six Emmy Awards. If food is Mr. Flay's #1 passion, then Thoroughbred horses are a close second.
As an enthusiastic Breeder, Bobby owns some of the world's greatest families in the stud book. With bloodstock in Ireland, England and Kentucky, Mr. Flay utilizes his commitment to worldwide racing as a way to enhance his life socially by traveling to some of the biggest thoroughbred events in the world - including Select Sales and Championship racing meets such as the Arc de Triomphe and Royal Ascot.
Bobby Flay Racing Stable has won graded stakes with the likes of Grate I winners Dame Dorothy & Her Smile, Breeders' Cup Juvenile Filly Turf Winner, More Than Real, America, Super Espresso and Mrs. Kipling.
Mr. Flay sits on the Board of Directors of the Breeders' Cup as well as the New York Racing Association - appointed by Governor Mario Cuomo.
His commitment to quality racing, entertainment value for the fans, and safety for all horses and jockeys, is first and foremost on Mr. Flay's Thoroughbred agendas.
Craig FravelCraig Fravel
President and CEO, Breeders’ Cup Ltd.
Craig Fravel has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Breeders Cup Limited since 2011. In that roll, Fravel oversees one of the world’s most prestigious and lucrative Thoroughbred racing programs, which each year attracts the top international horses to the World Championships, comprising of 13 races and over $28 million in purses and awards. Under his leadership, Fravel secured an unprecedented agreement for the Breeders’ Cup to be televised on NBC Sports for the next 10 years and has introduced two new and exciting host sites for the event at Del Mar and Keeneland.
Prior to the Breeders’ Cup, Fravel served as the President and General Manager of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. Fravel joined the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club as its Executive Vice President in 1990 after working as a partner in the San Diego law firm of Luce, Forward, Hamilton and Scripps.
He is a graduate of Bucknell University and the University of Virginia School of Law.
Roy JacksonRoy Jackson
Owner, Lael Stables
After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, Roy Jackson spent most of his business career in Professional Baseball. After a business training program with the Philadelphia Phillies, he was President of the Pacific Coast AAA Baseball League, International AAA Baseball League, and Eastern AA Baseball League. He owned two Minor League franchises, the York Pirates AA Baseball Team in York, Pa. and the Tucson Toro’s AAA Baseball Team in Tucson, Arizona.
From 1983 to 2006 he was President of Convest, Inc. representing professional baseball players.
With his wife Gretchen he started Lael Stables in the 1970's and has raced and bred horses in the United States and Europe. Their prominent horses include Kentucky Derby winner, Barbaro as well as Showing Up, Palace Revolt, Ageless, Belle Cherie, You'd Be Surprised in the U.S. and Super Star Leo, Grandera, and having bred George Washington in Europe.
As a member of the Breeders' Cup Board of Directors, Roy is committed to representing a wide divergence of views in our sport and helping to make the decisions to make the Breeders' Cup a bigger and better World Championship.
Bret JonesBret Jones
Bloodstock Services, Airdrie Stud
Bret was elected a Breeders’ Cup Member in 2010 and has served on the Board of Directors since 2011. A 2004 graduate of Sewanee University, Bret helps oversee operations at his family’s Airdrie Stud, a leading thoroughbred nursery in Midway, KY. Appointed to the Kentucky Racing Commission in 2016, Bret was also a founding member of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association’s Vision 2020 group and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Markey Cancer Foundation.
He lives in Lexington, Kentucky with his wife Tyler and their three sons B, Jack and Thomas. His lifetime ambition is and will always be to help preserve and promote thoroughbred racing as the truly special industry that it is and to be half as good a Dad as Brereton Jones.
Anthony ManganaroAnthony Manganaro
Chairman – Owner, Siena Farm
Anthony R. Manganaro founded Siena Farm, a thoroughbred breeding and racing operation based in Paris, KY, with his partners Nacho Patino and David Pope.
He is the founder of Siena Corporation a real estate development company based in the Baltimore Washington corridor and Boston Medical an international medical supply company based in Columbia, MD.
A 1967 graduate of Northeastern University, Boston, MA., he is a Trustee Emeritus, received an Honorary Doctor of Public Service in 2008 and in 2012 the Presidential Medallion, the university’s top honor.
Clem MurphyClem Murphy
Bloodstock Consultant, Coolmore
Clem Murphy has been involved in the Thoroughbred industry for over 30 years principally as a bloodstock consultant. He joined Coolmore in 1978 having spent six years with the international accounting firm Price Waterhouse. While there, Murphy gained an accounting qualification through its audit department located in Dublin, Ireland.
Murphy has seen Coolmore develop its Irish base in Tipperary to become an international player with racing and breeding operations in Europe, the United States and Australasia. He is a regular participant at all major yearling and breeding stock sales around the world on behalf of Coolmore.
Murphy has represented John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith on the Breeders’ Cup Board for several years and is presently Chairman of the Breeders’ Cup Racing and Nominations committee. Coolmore is fully committed to the Breeders’ Cup Championships and believe it is an elite international sporting event.
Mike RogersMike Rogers
President of Racing Division, The Stronach Group
Mike Rogers is President of The Stronach Group`s Racing Division, one of North America`s leading horse racetrack operators and suppliers of pari-mutuel technology.
Mike started his career in the horse racing industry more than 27 years ago. In the early days, he held various positions including hot walker, groom and jockey’s valet. He later became a licensed owner and breeder of thoroughbreds and in 1996, became a sports agent representing jockeys in Canada and the United States.
In 1998, Mike joined Adena Springs as Business Manager and for the past 18 years has been actively involved in the thoroughbred operations of owner and breeder, Frank Stronach.
Mike also commits his time to serving on numerous industry boards and committees including the Breeders’ Cup, Equibase, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA), Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA), Thoroughbred Racing Associations (TRA), Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau (TRPB), Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) and the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC).
Mike Rogers is currently a Vice President of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame and is also a member of The Jockey Club of Canada.
Elliott WaldenElliott Walden
President/CEO & Racing Manager, WinStar Farm
Elliott is a third generation horseman from a noted Kentucky family entrenched in Thoroughbred breeding and racing. He is the son of the late Ben Walden, Sr., formerly of Dearborn Farm and his brother Ben Walden, Jr. is also an accomplished horseman in Kentucky.
Elliott took out his training license in 1985 and rose to the pinnacle of the sport in 1998 when he trained G1 Belmont Stakes winner and 1999 Eclipse Champion Older Horse, Victory Gallop. Walden compiled a record of 60 Graded Stakes winners and over $45M in earnings before being hired as newly established WinStar Farm’s exclusive trainer in 2001. In November of 2010, Elliott was elevated to President, CEO and Racing Manager of WinStar Farm where he is responsible for management oversight both on and off the farm. Under his guidance WinStar has grown to become the largest Thoroughbred breeding organization in North America with an impressive racing record of 16 Grade 1 winners so far.
Elliott joined the Breeders' Cup in 2012 and is committed to making it a true World Thoroughbred Championship by attracting the best horses in the world to participate.
Breeders’ Cup Limited Members
Hernan Ceriani Cernadas
William S. Farish, Jr.
H. Greg Goodman
S. Walker Hancock, Jr.
Fred W. Hertrich, III
Dr. Andreas Jacobs
Brereton C. Jones
John T.L. Jones, III
Michael T. Levy
W. Bruce Lunsford
James A. Philpott, Jr.
Dr. J. David Richardson
Alex Solis II
W. Elliott Walden
David S. Willmot
Breeders’ Cup Management
Craig FravelPresident & CEO
Dora DelgadoSVP, Racing & Nominations
Drew FlemingSVP, Operations and Development
Bryan PettigrewSVP, Marketing & Sponsorship
Jodie Vella-GregoryExecutive Assistant & Member Services
Racing & Nominations
Todd SparksVP, Information Technology
Corporate partnerships, Licensing & Merchandise
TV, Entertainment & Marketing
Peter RotondoVP, Media & Entertainment
Justin McDonaldVP, Marketing & Digital Media
Stefanie PalmieriVP, Events
Amy LaskyDirector, Event Operations
Jason DondersManager, Digital Marketing
Jim GlucksonMedia Relations
Ticketing & Horsemen relations
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