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.
Vice-President – James Fraser
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.
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.