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Rick Gold to Receive TOC Chairman’s Award

Arcadia, Calif. – Rick Gold has been selected by the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) as the 2024 recipient of the Ed Friendly Industry Service Award, also known as the TOC Chairman’s Award. The award is presented annually to recognize outstanding contributions and service to the Thoroughbred racing industry. Former recipients include some of the most prominent names in California racing, including Mace Siegel, John Harris, Bob and Beverly Lewis, Jerry and Ann Moss, and, most recently, Mike Pegram.

Gold is retiring this year following eight years of invaluable service to the TOC and other industry boards. During his tenure, he notably served as Chairman of TOC’s Integrity & Safety Committee. His tireless commitment to advancing the welfare and integrity of horse racing has been exemplary, especially in his pivotal role safeguarding California and industry interests during the formation of HISA.

Furthermore, Rick embodies the modern-day owner, with significant equine investments in both California and Australia. Rick almost always co-owns horses with others and has demonstrated strong support for smaller trainers and the broader racing community. At his core, he is a fan of the sport. Gold campaigned such horses as Hit The Road, Grade 1 winner of the 2021 Frank E. Kilroe Mile, and Athabascan, a recent second in the Grade 1 Sydney Cup in Australia and an exciting prospect for this year’s Melbourne Cup in November.

“When I reflect on the distinguished individuals who have received this award in the past, I believe Rick belongs among their ranks,” said TOC Chairman Gary Fenton. “His unwavering dedication, leadership, and compassion exemplify the spirit of the Chairman’s Award and embody the best of California racing.”

Gold will be recognized at the TOC’s Southern California Annual Meeting at Del Mar on August 10.

TOC is the official organization serving Thoroughbred owners in the state. It represents, advances and protects owners’ interests and rights in legislative, administrative and business matters.