TOC to Honor Mike Pegram

Mike Pegram | Benoit

Long-time owner and breeder Mike Pegram will receive the Chairman's Award Aug. 12 from the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) at the TOC's Southern California Annual Meeting at Del Mar. Alternately named the Ed Friendly Industry Service Award, the Chairman's Award is presented annually to recognize outstanding contributions and service in racing.

“Mike is an exceptional leader who continues to make a lasting impact on both this organization and California racing,” said TOC Chairman Gary Fenton. “His dedication, hard work, and commitment are an inspiration to all of us, and we are proud to honor him with this well-deserved award.”

Pegram is probably best known throughout the industry for his many top runners, both individually and in partnership, including champions Real Quiet, Silverbulletday, Midnight Lute, and Lookin At Lucky. He served on the TOC board from 2010 to 2019 and was Chairman from 2012 to 2016. During his tenure, he was instrumental in protecting SB 1072 purse contributions, which provided for a takeout increase with all of the additional revenue going to California purses.

Among the former Chairman's Award recipients Pegram joins are Mace Siegel, John Harris, Bob and Beverly Lewis, Jerry and Ann Moss, and Clement Hirsch.

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