Joe Morris, Santa Anita’s Senior Vice President, West Coast Operations for The Stronach Group (TSG), has resigned, effective immediately, it was announced late Thursday evening. A 1983 graduate of the University of Maine, Morris, a past general manager of TSG’s Golden Gate Fields in Northern California and past president of the Thoroughbred Owners of California, had served in his most recent capacity since November, 2015.
“We would like to sincerely thank Joe for his hard work and dedication to The Stronach Group and to Santa Anita,” said Tim Ritvo, Chief Operating Officer, TSG. “Joe is a hands-on executive with deep ties to the Thoroughbred industry and we wish him all the best in his future efforts.”
Currently the owner of a small breeding farm in Lexington, Kentucky, Morris’s resume also includes a six-year stint with the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and has served as publisher of several different industry publications.
“At this time of my life, it’s going to be good to get back to my farm in Lexington,” said Morris. “My wife has been running the operation back there and my family has been spread over several thousand miles for quite a few years now and we’re looking forward to spending more time together in a place we all love.”