With his role as a director brought into question last week in a major newspaper report, trainer Bob Baffert has been voted off the board of the Thoroughbred Owners of California.
The TOC elected two new board members and re-elected three members – and Bob Baffert did not make the cut.
According to a TOC news release, members elected Ryan Hanson and Lindsay LaRoche and re-elected incumbents Ed Moger, Stephanie Hronis and Rick Gold to the board of directors. All five were elected to three-year terms. The new board officially takes office on July 1.
The newly elected directors join Nick Alexander, Joe Ciaglia, Gary Fenton, Mike Harrington, Bob Liewald, Terry Lovingier, Jack Owens, Richard Rosenberg, Samantha Siegel and Bill Strauss in composing the TOC’s 2021-22 board.
Baffert's role with the TOC recently was cited Friday in a Washington Post report about the controversial trainer. The story said he enlisted the support of fellow TOC directors and a state legislator to try to subject Dr. Rick Arthur, the retiring equine medical director for the California Horse Racing Board, to term limits that would have pushed Arthur out his job.
Comparing the release with the TOC website, which lists the current board members, shows that Baffert and Jeff Bloom, founder of Bloom Racing Stable, will not be returning to the board.
The vote tally indicated Baffert was among eight named candidates on the ballot, and he received 586 votes. Moger, Hanson and Hronis each received more than 1,000 votes. Bloom was not on the ballot.
Baffert joined the TOC board in 2007, according to the Post report.