TOC represents the collective interests of all California Thoroughbred owners to maximize purse revenues and preserve the long-term viability of our sport. We work to accomplish this mission through ongoing negotiations and public advocacy in three primary areas:
- Negotiation and enforcement of statutorily mandated horsemen’s agreements with each of the licensed Thoroughbred racing associations, with a focus on establishing stakes and overnight races purse levels for each meet;
- Approval of wagering agreements between racing associations and other tracks, off track betting operators and advance deposit wagering (or “ADW”) companies; and
- Advocacy on all issues impacting Thoroughbred owners before the California Horse Racing Board, the California Legislature and the United States Congress.
In furtherance of this Mission, TOC represents our members’ interests in a variety of matters that directly impact Thoroughbred ownership in California, including:
- Identifying new sources of revenue to support purses;
- Determining race date calendars;
- Monitoring racing surfaces for safety and consistency;
- Establishing fair and reasonable medication rules and integrity standards;
- Securing adequate stabling and vanning opportunities at racetracks and auxiliary facilities for race-ready horses;
- Assisting the industry organizations that provide workers compensation coverage for jockeys and backstretch workers; and
- Providing continuing education on all aspects of horse ownership for new and prospective owners.