EDWIN J. GREGSON FOUNDATION
In 1998, the California Thoroughbred Trainers (CTT) Board established
a nonprofit foundation in ongoing efforts to develop programs to benefit and enhance the quality of life of California's backstretch workers and their families. In 2000, the foundation was renamed in memory of veteran trainer and past CTT president Edwin J. Gregson, who was the initial driving force in the creation of the foundation.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Thoroughbred trainer Jenine Sahadi is President of the Edwin J. Gregson Foundation. She has been head of the Foundation since July, 2001, finds it a highly worthwhile cause, and has been particularly motivated by its role in providing financial help in college for children of stable workers.
Since obtaining her trainer's license in 1993, she has already achieved several significant firsts. She became the first female trainer to win a Breeders' Cup race, with Lit de Justice in the 1996 Sprint. She is the only female trainer to win two Breeders' Cup races, repeating in the Sprint in 1997 with Elmhurst. She became the first female trainer to win the Santa Anita Derby with The Deputy in 2000. She is also the leading female trainer in career earnings.
Daughter of prominent California thoroughbred breeders Fred and Helen Sahadi, she graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in journalism/communications and worked for seven years in the marketing and publicity departments at Hollywood Park before turning to the backstretch. Jenine retired as a thoroughbred trainer in 2011.
VICTOR ESPINOZA TO BE HONORED
BY EDWIN J. GREGSON FOUNDATION
ARCADIA, Calif. (May 31, 2019) - The Edwin J. Gregson Foundation announces that it will host a charity fundraising dinner honoring Triple Crown and Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza. The event will take place on Monday, Aug. 12, at The Fairmont Grand Del Mar Resort, located just a few miles south of Del Mar Racetrack.
Having taken a hiatus last year respective of the events surrounding the San Luis Rey Training Center fire, the Foundation is ready to get back on track to hold its annual fundraiser. "We're delighted to kick things off again, and how better than to celebrate Victor and his illustrious career and accomplishments," says Jenine Sahadi, president of the Foundation.
STEPHANIE HRONIS JOINS
EDWIN J. GREGSON FOUNDATION BOARD
Stephanie Hronis, part of the Eclipse Award-winning ownership family that has campaigned champions Accelerate and Stellar Wind, has joined the board of directors of the Edwin J. Gregson Foundation, it was announced this week by EJGF President Jenine Sahadi.
"Stephanie's lifelong background in education and her passion for the betterment of the backstretch community make her a perfect fit for the mission of the Gregson Foundation," Sahadi said.
Hronis spent more than 20 years in education as a school counselor, faculty member at the graduate and community college levels, and as a Family Resource Center Director for the Lindsay Unified School District. Much of her career brought her in contact with the migrant farmworker communities of Central California, working with kindergarten through adult-aged students to access educational resources and plan for college and working careers.
A big THANK YOU to Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Inc.
from the Edwin J Gregson Foundation
L-R: Gregson Foundation Directors Angie Carmona, Edward I. Halpern, Eddie Delahoussaye, Jim Cassidy, Gail Gregson, Sarah Kelly, Samatha Siegel, Jenine Sahadi, and Joe Harper, President & Gen. Manager, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Inc.
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Edwin J. Gregson Foundation
PO Box 660039
Arcadia, CA 91006-0039
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In year 2003, the Edwin J. Gregson Foundation was delighted to join Oak Tree Racing Association, California Thoroughbred Trainers, and the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association as major contributors in implementing the Groom Elite Program at Santa Anita.
This pilot program, the first to take place in California, was created by the Texas Horsemen´s Association, with the idea of providing high-standard professional development of horse racing industry grooms.
Beginning in February at two days per week over a five-week period, students participated in a comprehensive curriculum encompassing the following topics: horse behavior & grooming, height, weight, and fatness, conformation, the horse's mouth, hay, digestion & feeding, front & rear foot, leg examination, and bandaging. The majority of the curriculum was administered by Dr. Reid McLellan, trainer and former professor and director of an award winning equine program at Louisiana Tech.