Arcadia, Calif., – John C. Harris, Ty Green and Andy Mathis have agreed to join the board of the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC).
Mr. Harris, owner of Harris Farms, is a legendary figure in California racing as both an owner and breeder. He was inducted into the California Racing Hall of Fame in 2008 and was honored last year by the Edwin J. Gregson Foundation for his industry service. Harris Farms has been connected to over 50 California divisional champions, including eight California Horses of the Year. He is a former California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) Commissioner and currently serves on the board of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA).
Mr. Green is also an owner and breeder and is a current Board Member of the CTBA. He is a lawyer by profession, based in San Luis Obispo, and has raced under the name of SLO Racing Stable since 2010. He brings the unique prospective identifying as the “small owner and breeder” that is the bedrock of California racing.
Mr. Mathis, 44, was the 2021 California Trainer of the Year. He was also leading trainer at the 2023 Golden Gate Fall Meet and finished seventh in the standings during the 2022 Del Mar Summer Meet. He has won nearly 800 races in his career, including stakes winners Jimmy Blue Jeans and Give Me The Lute, and is based at Golden Gate Fields.
All three will serve the TOC Board as representatives of the North.
“We are honored that John, Ty and Andy, well respected North horsemen, will join our board,“ said TOC Chairman Gary Fenton. “We are in a period of great transition and their passion, wisdom and institutional knowledge of California horse racing, in particular the North, will be of tremendous value to the board and our members as we work together to find the right path for the future of California racing.”