02/13/2014 5:57PM

Valpredo elected CTBA president


Donald Valpredo was elected on Monday to serve his fourth term as president of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association.

The Bakersfield, Calif., resident previously served three one-year terms as the organization’s president from 1986-88. He replaces former president Sue Greene, who was termed out after three years in the position and was elected the CTBA’s secretary.

Valpredo was the co-breeder of 1994 California Horse of the Year Soviet Problem and is credited with helping conceive the California Cup at Santa Anita Park. He has also served on the California Horse Racing Board, the Breeders’ Cup, and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders, and he is a member of The Jockey Club.

“I’m looking forward to the year ahead in working with new members on the executive committee and in implementing some new and directed actions,” Valpredo said. “This is a big year ahead of us at every level in California breeding and racing with changes in our racing calendar, the realization at the track of the first year of runners from a decline in the foal crop and many important legislative issues before us.”

Also on Monday, Harris Auerbach was elected vice president of the CTBA and Tim Cohen was elected treasurer. John Barr, Leigh Ann Howard and Jane Johnson were re-elected to seats on the board of directors and Edward Freeman was newly-elected to the board.