President – Dr. Paul Gutheil

Dr. Paul Gutheil has been an owner and breeder of thoroughbred horses in Central Ohio for the past 40 years. He has campaigned many stakes horses such as Polite Lil Sir, Brooke’s Tap Shoes, Crypto’s Twinjet, etc. His most memorable, Crypto’s Redjet voted Ohio Horse of the Year twice & Champion Handicap Mare. He also bred stake winners Hamlet’s Ghost and Blues Fan. Dr. Gutheil and his wife Jimilea and their four children reside on their farm “Willow Springs” in Galloway where he breeds, boards, and trains thoroughbreds. Dr. Gutheil actively practices family medicine on the west side of Columbus. He is the Assistant Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at the Ohio State University College of Medicine and received the Preceptor All Star Award as Professor of the Year; Clinical Professor of the Ohio University College of Medicine; and the Assistant Clinical Professor at the College of School of Nursing at OSU. For 10 years is the Chief of Division of Family Practice at Ohio Health doctors hospital, a 200 member division. He is a VietNam veteran and was Chairman of Anesthesia at a 400 bed hospital in VietNam. He is a member of the Executive Board of Doctors Hospitals, and Foundation; member of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee of United Health Care and a member of the Board of Directors of Beulah Park Jockey Club. Dr. Gutheil has served on the OTBO Board of Directors since 1993. Dr. Gutheil is a 32nd Degree Mason, Kentucky Colonel, a member of the Alladin Shrine Temple, the VietNam Vets, and Vetrans of Foreign Wars. Dr. Gutheil believes the future of the thoroughbred industry in Ohio is in a state of turmoil because of political and legislative malaise, and competition from surrounding states that have expanded gaming. He is very politically active and believes his experience in the political process will enable him to be a valuable proponent for the thoroughbred industry. He believes that politicians need to be educated about our industry and the impact that is occurring from our surrounding states and appropriate legislation be enacted to save the Ohio equine industry.

Vice President – Tom McCann

Tom operates Golden Glen Farm in Xenia Township, he has a small band of broodmares and three horses in training primarily racing in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. He is thrilled being the breeder of three time Ohio Sprint Champion & Handicap Horse Champion, Ben’s Reflection. Tom has also enjoyed the tremendous success of graded stakes winner, Catcominatcha (KY) which he bred and owned. Tom is currently on the Board of the Ohio Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners and served as OTBO President for 4 years. Tom is Chairman of Grid Sentry LLC, a relatively young company that manufactures sensors for the electrical power industry.

He is a transplant from northern New Jersey where he developed a fascination for the thoroughbred at Monmouth Park and has been in Ohio for 30 years including a stop for a Masters Degree in Engineering from Ohio State University. Tom’s primary objectives are to assist the O.T. B.O. in continuing to represent effectively the horsemen and women of Ohio and to improve its effectiveness in ensuring that the decisions made in the industry are made with full consideration of the needs of both the owners and breeders who are the foundation of the industry.

Treasurer – Bruce Ryan

BRUCE  has a long history with race horses. He started working at River Downs when he was a Junior at McNickolas High School. He got his 1st taste of the winners circle with a Horse called Pogo Sue on 7-15-1971.  After high school he attended the University of Cincinnati where he got his business degree and went to work for Johnson & Johnson and then American Hospital. In 1982 he started his own company, Ryan’s All-Glass. He took quite a while building this business so that it would support his family and then once again became involved with his true passion, race horses. He purchased a mare named Cold Night Beauty and once again headed for the winners circle. That was in January 1996 and he has been in the business full time since then. He partnered up with Tim Hamm Racing Stable and got his 1st stake win with a horse called Luvaprivate, 5-20-2006 in the Tomboy Stakes at River Downs. His most recent Stake horse is a filly named Needmore Flattery. She had a great 2-year-old year, earning upwards of $203,000.00 in 2013 and is looking great for her comeback as a 3-year-old. Bruce’s current statistics include 272 starts, 44 wins, 50 seconds, 41 thirds and over a million in earnings. He has a 150 acre farm near Morrow Ohio where he keeps a band of between 6 and 10 broodmares, including Kiosk and Luvaprivate. The majority of Bruce’s racing stock are homebreds. He is a great advocate of the Ohio Thoroughbred racing program and continually tries to increase the breeding stock and quality of the horses he brings to into this great state. He is excited to be a part of this up and coming state breeding program and looks forward to being in the business and enjoying his passion for the breed and the sport.

Secretary – Gary Aiken

Gary has put together successful partnerships in thoroughbred racing for almost two decades. An avid race fan, he has headed Buckeye Racing Company, Centerville Noon Stables, Buckeye Racing II and Buckeye Racing III. He has personally introduced more than sixty new owners to the sport and through several syndicates, raced horses Honey League Girl, Sticky Strings, Marshall Kai, Honey Isle, Buckeye Zephyr, Buckeye Lynn, Powder Keg, Heavenly Powder and Nordic Landing. He is also the breeder of Mighty Emy, Buzz Miller, Summer Lucky, Mop Squeezer, Jacksrbetter and the “top-priced” Ohio bred yearling in the Keeneland yearling sale in 2003.

Aiken sees a successful future in Ohio through unity, and the continuation of the cooperation of the Thoroughbred/Harness Horsemen’s Council. We need to work together, and in doing so we can raise our profitability to the highest level.

We need to “market” our product. Competition for the gaming dollar, requires us to improve our product at every level.Aiken feels that backstretch improvements should be incorporated at each track and should come from an annual budgeting with long range planned improvements. Tracks and horsemen need to work together on race schedules. “There needs to be more cooperative planning between Ohio tracks as to the offering of Prep races for stakes. If we talk, plan and implement the scheduling, we can develop horses to their full potential.”

Aiken is a graduate of Ohio University and is President of Buckeye Pools Inc. He is a past President of the Noon Optimist Club of Centerville and a long standing member of the Ohio Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners. He serves on the Race, Media & Special Event Committees & is currently Secretary.

Executive Director – Gayle A. Babst

Gayle A. Babst worked at Babst Photography from 1973 to 1978 & Centaurus Advertising, in many capacities from 1974 until present. In 1983 she became President of Centaurus & was appointed Executive Director of the OTBO, following her father, Edward Babst.

In those 43 years, she has published The Ohio Thoroughbred Magazine; MarketPlace (Stallion Register); Newsletter; Stakes Brochure; Conducted the Stallion Season Telephone Auction & Midwest Regional Sale. She handles all correspondence, website, bookkeeping & scheduling of meetings for the Board & Committees of the organization along with the voting for the Annual election plus Horse of the Year & Divisional Champions.

She currently serves on the Ohio State Racing Commission Safety & Rule Committees & did the secretarial duties for the Ohio Horse Racing Council.
In the last 33 years, she has had the pleasure of working with many fine OTBO Boards & eleven OTBO Presidents: Dr. Ted Classen, 1983-86; Ed Barr, 1987-88; Al Corrado, 1989-90; John Davies, 1991-93; Judy Klosterman, 1994-95; Dr. Wilbur Johnston, 1996-98; Tom McCann, 1999-2002; Dennis Heebink, 2003-2004; Elisabeth Alexander 2005-2007; Tim Hamm 2008 – 2013 & current president Dr. Paul Gutheil.

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