CRAIG FRAVEL TO DEPART BREEDERS’ CUP TO JOIN THE STRONACH GROUPLEXINGTON, Ky. (September 13, 2019) – Craig R. Fravel, Breeders’ Cup President and Chief Executive Officer since 2011, will depart the organization at the conclusion of this year’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Nov. 1-2. Fravel has been appointed as The Stronach Group’s Chief Executive Officer, Racing Operations.“I can think of no greater privilege than to have had the opportunity to preside over what I consider the greatest championships in Thoroughbred racing. Every race comprising the Breeders’ Cup World Championships provides the chance to witness the splendid horses that reflect the hard work of breeders, trainers, jockeys, owners and backstretch workers. It has been an honor to serve them all during my time at the Breeders’ Cup. I want to thank the women and men of the Breeders’ Cup for their dedication and passion for our event. My particular gratitude goes to the Breeders’ Cup Board led in recent years by Bill Farish and Fred Hertrich whose support has been invaluable. I now look forward to new and important challenges and opportunities and the chance to join my family back in California.”“On behalf of our Board and Members, we extend our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Craig for his outstanding leadership and enormous accomplishments as our President and CEO these past eight years,” said Breeders’ Cup Chairman, Fred Hertrich III. “His management and stewardship of the organization, not to mention his quick wit and calm demeanor, will be greatly missed by all of us. We wish Craig continued success in his new venture with one of our most valuable host site partners, The Stronach Group.”“I am delighted to have Craig join our company at this pivotal moment in our sport,” said Belinda Stronach, Chairman and President, The Stronach Group. “Craig’s stellar reputation and proven track record of leadership will enable us to further our goal to become North America’s preeminent horse racing organization as we work lock step with industry partners to prioritize horse and rider safety.”As Chief Executive Officer, Racing Operations, Fravel will assume management and oversight of all racing operations across Stronach Group owned tracks and training facilities. He will focus on implementing and enforcing global best practices and integrity standards for horse and rider safety in collaboration with key industry stakeholders while driving a new standard of excellence in Thoroughbred horse racing with a commitment to creating an unparalled experience for both horsemen and guests.Among his many achievements during his time as President and CEO of the Breeders’ Cup, Fravel developed and executed a long-term host site strategy and successfully brought the World Championships to two first time tracks in Keeneland (2015) and Del Mar (2017). Fravel expanded international participation in the World Championships to its highest levels ever and struck an unprecedented 10-year partnership with NBC Sports to televise the World Championships through 2025. Working with industry stakeholders, Fravel also spearheaded plans to increase horse safety and welfare measures.The Board of Directors is evaluating the appropriate next steps to fill Fravel’s position.
AVC, the No. 3 seed from Southern California, will play Fresno City (31-8), Northern California’s No. 1 seed, in the championship game at 1 p.m. today Fresno City, which won the state title in 2005, is in the championship game for the third time in five seasons. AVC trailed 29-27 at halftime, but took the lead for good at 39-37 with 11:17 left on a jumper by Brice Gallow. The Marauders built an eight-point lead, but Ventura (27-7), the No. 1 seed from Southern California, cut AVC’s lead to one, 55-54, on a free throw by Anthony Pimble with 55 seconds left. But Dagunduro made a jumper with 31 seconds left, and the Marauders held on for the victory. Marcellus Robertson had seven points and 17 rebounds for AVC. WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Mt. San Antonio 59, College of the Canyons 42: The Cougars (30-6), the No. 3 seed from Southern California, shot just 25 percent in the loss to Mt.SAC (36-1), the No. 1 seed from Southern California, in the state semifinals in Fresno. Ade Dagunduro scored 16points and Robert Arnold added 14 as the Antelope Valley College men’s basketball team advanced to state junior college championship game with a 57-55 upset of Ventura in the semifinals in Fresno. AVC’s last appearance in the state title game was 1956. The Marauders (31-6) can set a school record for victories with a win in the finale. Facion Edwards led Canyons with 11 points. BASEBALL USC 2, Stanford 1: Hector Estrella’s RBI single in the ninth inning capped a two-run rally as the No. 20 Trojans (15-8) defeated the host Cardinal (10-8). Lucas Duda had three hits for the Trojans and drove in the tying run. UCLA 7, Mississippi 6: Freshman Casey Haerther went 3 for 5 with two RBIs and Ryan Babineau drove in two runs as the No. 23 Bruins (8-8) defeated the No. 16 Rebels (12-5). Pepperdine 7, Oklahoma St. 3: Sophomore right-hander Brett Hunter allowed two runs in seven innings and Donald Brown, Chase d’Arnaud and Denny Duron hit home runs to lead the No. Waves (15-5) past the No. 16 Cowboys (12-4). UC Santa Barbara 9, Cal State Northridge 8: UCSB (6-8) rallied from an 8-5 deficit with a run in the seventh and three in the eighth to defeat the Matadors (11-12). Jorge Andrade Jr. and Amiel Traynum each drove in three runs for CSUN. TRACK AND FIELD NCAA Indoor Championships: USC’s Noah Bryant won the men’s shot put at 67 feet, 5 inches in Fayetteville, Ark. Bryant, a senior from Santa Barbara, had his 2005 season cut short by a freak accident at Northridge when the hammer bounced off the cage and hit him in the face. He had season-ending surgery. UCLA’s Allie Bohannon and Ingrid Kantola picked up the first All-American honors of their careers. Bohannon finished second in the mile, and Kantola was fourth in the pole vault. WOMEN’S SWIMMING NCAA Championships: USC sophomore Rebecca Soni successfully defended her title in the 200-yard breaststroke in Minneapolis. Soni, who qualified second in the preliminaries, won her second consecutive title in the race in 2:08.23, just off her 2006 school record (2:08.16). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!