Reports have surfaced today that an unidentified horseman has threatened to sue the California Thoroughbred Trainers if the group follows through on a vote taken Friday morning at Santa Anita that called for new elections to fill its nine-member board.
An emergency meeting of the CTT board was called for this morning at 10 a.m. to discuss the matter.
At the root of all this is a newly formed group of trainers, calling themselves California Horsemen for Change, who have reached a boiling point and want to see major changes in the sport in California.
“I think that’s the feeling that is pretty much amongst the majority of the trainers in Southern California,” trainer John Shirreffs said. “They’re looking for some sort of a change, and I think they felt that the (CTT) board was not transparent or responsive to their requests.”
Preparing to seek decertification of the CTT, the CHC met with the trainers’ group Friday afternoon in an attempt to resolve their differences. Members of the new CHC include Shirreffs, Bob Baffert, Doug O’Neill, John Sadler, Mike Mitchell, Clifford Sise, Bruce Headley and Darrell Vienna, among others.
In a statement released this morning, the CHC announced it met for an hour with the CTT board to discuss issues that concern the new group. Presumably high on that list of concerns are:
(1) The synthetic race tracks
(2) How the Advance Deposit Wagering funds are split up
(3) Shrinking purse sizes
(4) Overall communication between the CTT board and members of the CTT
According to the release, the CTT board voted 5-4 Friday to hold new elections.