Press Release issued yesterday:
Horsemen representing owners and owner/trainers have formed the California Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Alliance (CTHA) to represent the owners (including owner/trainers) in the State of California. California Law allows only one organization to be the official representative of horsemen.
CTHA believes that the interests of the horsemen have not been properly represented. TOC has made many decisions that have contributed to that decline, including:
1. fail to disclose the receipt of in excess of one million dollars from NTRA
2. refuse a unique opportunity to secure concessions from the Indians, when the Indians were seeking renewal of their compacts
3. spend in excess of one million dollars (of horsemen’s money) in an effort to fund a group seeking to purchase Santa Anita
4. hold all meetings behind closed doors
5. disenfranchise owner/trainers
6. condone and encourage wagers that result in handle declines
7. lack of support for Northern California racing
8. veto contractual opportunities with Australia
9. failure to respond to the horseplayers’ boycott
The CTHA’s number one goal is to unify the horsemen into one powerful, cohesive, transparent and pro-active unit. The TOC has refused the opportunity to avoid the potential decertification by merely allowing its constituency (the owners) to vote on the central issue-should all owners be allowed to serve as directors of the TOC or should the current TOC board unilaterally determine that only certain owners may serve?
The CTHA stands ready, willing and able to pursue decertification of TOC, if necessary.
The CTHA has received unprecedented support from horsemen since the formation of this entity, with encouragement to pursue a goal of insuring that the continued failure by TOC board members to act in a financially prudent manner and to fulfill the fiduciary duty imposed upon them will no longer be tolerated.
The original principals of the CTHA are: J.F. Ernenwein, Gloria Haley, Mike Harrington, Aase Headley, Roger Licht, Henry Moreno, John Sadler, George Schmitt, Cory Wellman, and David Wilson. Roger Licht stated: “I am proud to be a part of CTHA. The industry knows that change is needed. The CTHA is committed to providing leadership that recognizes its fiduciary responsibility, as well as engaging the entire racing community in strategic long-term approaches aimed toward resurrecting California horse racing. If necessary, CTHA will actively pursue the decertification of the TOC, in accord with the rights granted the horsemen under California Law.”