07/07/2011 10:37AM

Breeders' Cup: Six seek seat on board

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Six candidates are seeking three open seats on the Breeders’ Cup’s board of directors, the Breeders’ Cup announced on Thursday, when voting for the candidates opened.

The six candidates are Bret Jones, the director of bloodstock services for Airdrie Stud; Robert Manfuso, a Maryland breeder and former co-owner of Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course; Garrett O’Rourke, the manager of the North American division of Juddmonte Farms; Bill Oppenheim, a bloodstock consultant; Richard Santulli, the managing general partner of Jayeff B Stables and the former chairman and chief executive officer of NetJets; and Barry Weisbord, a bloodstock consultant who owns the Thoroughbred Daily News. Both Manfuso and Santulli are seeking re-election to the board.

One current director whose term has expired, Duncan Taylor, is not seeking re-election, Breeders’ Cup said. Taylor is the president of Taylor Made Farm and Sales Agency.

Voting by the Breeders’ Cup’s 48 members will be conducted through Wednesday, the date of the Breeders’ Cup’s annual meeting. Results will be announced at the meeting.

Under rules adopted earlier this year, elected candidates will serve four-year terms on the 13-member board. Candidates had previously served two-year terms.