Newly elected New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association President Joe Applebaum has been elected President of the Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association in a unanimous decision by the THA Board of Directors. He succeeds longtime THA President Rick Violette, Jr., who retired from the NYTHA Board and has been elected Director Emeritus.
“Joe became active with the THA upon his election to the NYTHA Board three years ago, and he has impressed the THA Board with his commitment to horsemen’s leadership, backstretch causes and, most importantly, the need for racing to adapt for the future,” THA Chairman and CEO Alan Foreman said. “Joe brings a fresh perspective, and his strong commitment to the THA’s longstanding industry leadership and consensus-building efforts made the decision an easy one for the Board.”
THA also honored NYTHA Director Richard Schosberg, who was presented with the THA Unsung Hero Award for his heroic efforts during the humanitarian crisis at Belmont Park in January, when two power outages during the record cold wave threatened the 1,000 horses and 600 backstretch workers.