03/26/2014 2:44PM

Santa Anita names Ludt president, replacing Haines


ARCADIA, Calif. – Tom Ludt, the former chairman of the Breeders’ Cup, was named president of Santa Anita on Wednesday, replacing George Haines, who will direct the network of Southern California offtrack wagering locations, the track announced.

Ludt, 49, joined Santa Anita in April 2013 as senior vice president of racing and gaming. He has a background as an executive in both Thoroughbred racing and breeding as the president of Vinery Farms in Kentucky from 2004-13 and the chairman of the Breeders’ Cup board of directors from 2011-13.

Ludt, who has a background in equine insurance, has owned and bred Thoroughbreds.

“Given his close ties to those involved with the Breeders’ Cup, and with horsemen nationwide, Tom brings us our best chance for success on every level,” Santa Anita chairman Keith Brackpool said in a statement.

Haines, who has worked at Santa Anita since 1972, was named president in May 2010. He began working at the track at the age of 18 and later directed the mutuel department from 1984-99. He was later named assistant general manager, and general manager in 2004.

Haines will remain with Santa Anita in an advisory role, according to a statement released by Santa Anita.

In his new position, Haines will direct Southern California Offtrack Wagering Inc., which oversees simulcasting at a network of offtrack wagering locations such as racetracks, county fairgrounds, and a growing number of mini-satellites at card clubs, restaurants, and sports bars.


Deborah Pousen More than 1 year ago
Good Luck George, I know you will bring an expertise to this position which it desperately needs. Wish I wasn't retiring right now so I could get a chance to work with you. Deborah Pousen, O.T. B. Supervisor
Steven Tyre More than 1 year ago
I have had the honor of knowing George personally for over 40 years. He is the definition of a class act. Best of luck to him in his new position of responsibility. Steven Tyre CPA
Woody Hook More than 1 year ago
We want to congratulate George Haines on his brilliant career move. History is being made. The Haines Dynasty continues. A world record: George's 42 years of race track experience and management that continued the legacy of his father who over his own 40+ year career in management during the golden days of racing every day every year on a rotating seasonal circular basis at Santa Anita, then Hollywood Park, then Del Mar, then Pomona then Santa Anita again invented the first phase of modern day pari-mutuel management with sophisticated checks and balances, computerization.and refined union relationships. With this career move, George II is continuing to soar taking the Haines name and horse racing to even greater heights with oversite of satellite transmissions and massive data processing operations that would make NASA's and Google's heads spin. SCOTWINC is a multi-billion dollar money management operation that towers over the operations at any single race track including Santa Anita. George got his feet wet in the race track management business and now moves from dirt track to the digital highway. The future of horse racing is in the digital world. We wish you continued success as you take us all into the future, Captain Haines!!
Patricia Jones More than 1 year ago
who replaces tom ludt
Thomas Brucks More than 1 year ago
They may leave the position open and cut the payroll.
mikey More than 1 year ago
No matter who is in charge they are all puppets of F.S.
Thomas Brucks More than 1 year ago
What do you think this will mean for Santa Anita? How does Brackpool figure in this equation?