Tuesday, July 16, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 16, 2013) – The Breeders’ Cup announced today election results for five positions to its Board of Directors. Bill Oppenheim and J. David Richardson, M.D., are newly elected Directors to the Board. Both Oppenheim and Richardson, along with Roy Jackson, who was reelected to the Board, will all serve four-year terms. Barry Weisbord was also re-elected, and will serve a three-year term, fulfilling the expiring term of Oliver Tait. These individuals were elected by the 48 Breeders’ Cup Members whose voting concluded Tuesday at the annual meeting.

Jerry Crawford and Elliott Walden finished in a tie for the final position in the election, which is a one-year term to fill the expiring term of David Willmot. A runoff election by the Members was scheduled to take place between July 22-26 to break the tie. Following the meeting, Mr. Crawford and Mr. Walden met and agreed to draw lots and that the person losing the drawing would withdraw from the runoff election in order to avoid the cost and inconvenience of the runoff. The drawing of lots was held and Mr. Crawford lost and, therefore, agreed to withdraw from the runoff. Mr. Walden, who is new to the Board, will serve the one-year term.

The Board of 14 Directors is as follows: Helen Alexander, Middlebrook Farm; Antony Beck, Gainesway Farm; William S. Farish, Jr., Lane’s End Farm; Craig Fravel, President & CEO of the Breeders’ Cup; Roy Jackson, Lael Stables; Bret Jones, Airdie Stud; Tom Ludt (Chairman), Vinery; Robert Manfuso, Chanceland Farm; Clem Murphy, Coolmore Stud; Bill Oppenheim, Journalist and Pedigree Consultant; J. David Richardson, M.D., Chief of Surgery, University of Louisville; Richard Santulli, Jayeff “B” Stables; Elliott Walden, WinStar Farm and Barry Weisbord, Thoroughbred Daily News/Trakus.

In other actions taken by the members:

• Approved an amendment to the corporation by-laws to eliminate past presidents as Regular Members and the designation of past presidents as Honorary Members;
• Approved an amendment to the corporation by-laws to provide that the term of a Director would cease at the same time he/she ceases to be a Member;
• Approved an amendment to the corporation by-laws that owners and breeders of weanlings in the Corporation’s international nomination program have no voting rights.

About Breeders’ Cup

The Breeders’ Cup administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s year-end Championships. The Breeders’ Cup also administers the Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifying series, which provides automatic starting positions into the Championships races. The 2013 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 14 races with purses and awards totaling $27 million, will be held Nov. 1-2 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., and will be televised live by the NBC Sports Network. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup Web site, www.breederscup.com. You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.