Michael Levy has been added to the Board of Directors of the The Thoroughbred Idea Foundation (TIF). Levy is the founder and president of Muirfield Insurance, a full-service equine insurance agency based in Lexington, Kentucky. Along with wife Meg, they own and operate Bluewater Farm and Bluewater Sales. Throughout his career, Levy has served on a variety of industry boards, including the American Graded Stakes Committee, Breeders' Cup and Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association.
“Mike brings a lifetime of experience to our board, and with it, a willingness to think outside-the-box. He is keenly aware of the challenges of racing's business model as an owner and breeder and is also an avid horseplayer. We are fortunate to have his support,” said TIF founder and board chairman Craig Bernick.
TIF also announced the formation of the Wagering and Integrity Issues Steering Committee, which will include members from its current roster of directors. The panel direct TIF's approach to advocating for change within North American racing's wagering operations and topics related to improving integrity on behalf of all racing participants, but specifically horseplayers.
The members of the Wagering and Integrity Issues Steering Committee are: Michael Beychok, Amy Brantley, Marshall Gramm (TIF Board), Candice Hare, Jonathon Kinchen, Mike Maloney, Paul Matties (TIF Board), Tom Reynolds (TIF Board), Nick Tammaro, and Maury Wolff.
“Issues related to wagering and integrity impact all stakeholders in racing and there has been little evolution on this front in the face of major industry consolidation over the last two decades,” added Patrick Cummings, TIF Executive Director. “We have assembled a tremendous group to help advance our work and I am thankful that they see the value in our vision, the past two years of advocacy, and want to help us spur action on these matters across the industry.”