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TOBA NAMES JOHN AMERMAN TO SUCCEED ROBERT CLAY ON NTRA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA) and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced today that John Amerman has been appointed to the NTRA Board of Directors. Amerman succeeds Robert Clay as the TOBA representative on the 15-member NTRA Board. The NTRA Board consists of the NTRA Commissioner, seven horsemen’s representatives and seven racetrack representatives. Clay, owner of Three Chimneys Farm, has served on the NTRA Board since the organization’s inception in 1998.
A member of the TOBA Board of Trustees and its Executive Committee, Amerman, along with his wife Jerry, have campaigned stakes winners Lido Palace, Siphonic, Printemps and Happyanunoit, among others. The Amerman racing silks have won 15 grade I races.
Amerman served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mattel, the world’s largest toymaker for 10 years. During that time, Mattel’s sales volume increased five-fold to $4.5 billion. The Amermans own Peacefield Farm in Temecula, Calif., a rehabilitation facility for horses injured at the racetrack or in the show ring. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Unocal Corporation and Aegis Group Plc., as well as the Thoroughbred Owners of California, the Winners Foundation and Tranquility Farm.
“It would be hard to imagine a better board member than Robert Clay, whose tenacious and persuasive commitment to the concept of a national office for horseracing literally helped create the NTRA,” said Tim Smith, commissioner and CEO of the NTRA. “By the same token, the NTRA is very fortunate to be gaining a director with John Amerman’s business and marketing credentials and expertise, along with an impressive record as a Thoroughbred owner.”
“We are very appreciative of the time and effort that Robert Clay has put into the NTRA on behalf of not only owners and breeders, but the entire industry as well,” said TOBA president Dan Metzger. “Robert was the ideal representative at the onset of the NTRA and throughout its first five years. At the same time, we cannot be more enthusiastic about John Amerman joining the NTRA board. John’s business background, coupled with his passion and commitment to the sport of Thoroughbred racing, will bring tremendous value to the NTRA.”
TOBA, based in Lexington, Ky, represents approximately 3,000 of the leading Thoroughbred owners and breeders. Founded in 1961, TOBA’s mission is to “improve the economics, integrity and pleasure of the sport on behalf of Thoroughbred owners and breeders.” Among the programs managed by TOBA are the American Graded Stakes Committee, The Greatest Game, the Claiming Crown and the TOBA National Awards Dinner. TOBA is also represented on the Board of Directors of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association as a founding member and on The American Horse Council. The Blood-Horse is a publication of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association. Further information on TOBA appears on www.toba.org.
The NTRA is a broad-based coalition of horseracing interests, including the American Quarter Horse Association, charged with increasing popularity of horseracing and improving economic conditions for industry participants. The NTRA and Breeders’ Cup Limited also conduct the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s year-end Championships consisting of eight races and $13 million in purses and awards, the Breeders’ Cup Stakes Program and the Great State Challenge. The NTRA has offices in Lexington, Ky., and New York City. NTRA press releases appear on the NTRA Web site, www.ntra.com.
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