07/17/2014 3:35PM

Breeders' Cup adds two new members to board


Barbara Banke, the California-based owner of Stonestreet Farm, and Dan Pride, the chief operating officer of Darley in central Kentucky, will fill two of the six open seats on the Breeders’ Cup board of directors, the Breeders’ Cup said on Thursday.

Banke and Pride, who will serve four-year terms, were both newly elected to the Breeders’ Cup board, which is chosen by the organization’s members. Elliott Walden, the president of WinStar Farm in central Kentucky, was re-elected to a four-year term.

There was a tie in the election for the fourth four-year seat that was open, between William S. Farish Jr., a former chairman of the Breeders’ Cup board and part of the family that owns Lane’s End in central Kentucky, and Bobby Flay, the celebrity chef and horse owner who is also a member of the New York Racing Association board. A run-off election will be held July 21-22, the Breeders’ Cup said, with the winner taking the four-year seat and the loser filling an open one-year seat.

The election for the second one-year seat was also a tie, between Antony Beck of Gainesway Farm and Bruce Lunsford, a central Kentucky businessman who is a horse owner and breeder. The run-off election will also take place July 21-22, with the Breeders’ Cup board reconvening on July 23 to announce the results.