Rick Gold To Receive TOC Chairman's Award

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Rick Gold is the recipient of the Ed Friendly Industry Service Award, also known as the TOC Chairman's Award, the Thoroughbred Owners of California announced Monday morning.

Following eight years of service to the TOC and other industry boards, Gold is retiring this year. He served as the chairman of the TOC's Integrity & Safety Committee and he played a key role in helping to safeguard California and industry interests during the formation of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority (HISA), according to a release.

Gold has campaigned the likes of GI F. E. Kilroe Mile winner Hit the Road and also has overseas interests, including Athabascan (Fr), recent runner-up in the G1 Sydney Cup and a leading chance for the G1 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.”

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 will be recognized at the TOC's Southern California Annual Meeting at Del Mar Aug. 10.

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