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VAN DE KAMP TO REPLACE LEWIS ON NTRA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
At the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's (NTRA) Board of Directors meeting today in Arlington Heights, Ill., it was announced that Robert Lewis would step down from his Board seat as representative of the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC). Replacing Lewis is TOC President John Van de Kamp, the former Attorney General of California.
"Bob has served the Board tirelessly and with great distinction," said NTRA Commissioner Tim Smith. "We are sorry that he is leaving, but we consider ourselves fortunate to have someone with John Van de Kamp's skills and experience available to represent California owners."
"I will remain a strong supporter of the NTRA and its goals, which I feel are of paramount importance to the future of the sport and the industry," said Lewis.
Lewis cited a desire to cut back on his schedule-after three years as TOC Chairman and NTRA Director-as the reason for stepping down. Van de Kamp, who was not present at today's meeting, assumes his seat effective immediately and will be in attendance at upcoming NTRA Board of Directors meetings scheduled for August and October.
Van de Kamp has been President and General Counsel of the TOC since 1996. His chief duties include negotiating with the state's racetracks and lobbying on behalf of the Thoroughbred industry at the state level. Previously, Van de Kamp was twice elected to the office of Los Angeles County District Attorney, and he also served two terms as California's Attorney General. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of United Airlines and Lawry's Restaurants, and has just been elected President of the California Historical Society and as a member of the State Bar's Board of Governors.
The complete NTRA Board of Directors is now as follows:
NTRA Commissioner & CEO
The NTRA is a broad-based coalition of horseracing interests, including the American Quarter Horse Association, charged with increasing awareness of Thoroughbred racing and improving economic conditions for industry participants. The NTRA also conducts the Breeders' Cup, Thoroughbred racing's year-end Championship consisting of eight races and $13 million in purses and awards, and the Breeders' Cup National Stakes Program, which are funded by the industry's owners and breeders. The NTRA has offices in Lexington, Ky., and New York City. A compendium of NTRA press releases appears on the NTRA Web site, ntra.com. Contact the NTRA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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