The US Jockey Club’s long-serving chairman Ogden Mills Phipps has resigned after 32 years in the role, with Stuart S. Janney III taking over the position.
The resignation of Phipps, who served as chairman from February 10, 1983, was announced on Saturday by the board of stewards of The Jockey Club. Phipps will become chairman emeritus and will continue to serve on the board of stewards.
William M. Lear Jr. has been named as vice-chairman, and Ian D. Highet remains as secretary-treasurer.
Janney has been a member of The Jockey Club since 1992. He has been vice-chairman since June 2010 and has served as chairman of The Jockey Club’s Thoroughbred Safety Committee since its inception in 2008. He also serves on the boards of the New York Racing Association, the Keeneland Association, and King Ranch Inc.
He has campaigned, in his name or in partnership with Phipps Stable, numerous graded stakes winners through the years, including 2013 Kentucky Derby winner Orb, Air Support, Carriage Trail, Coronado’s Quest, Data Link, Hit it Rich, Hymn Book, Hunting, Ironicus, and Criminologist.
Janney is a trustee of Johns Hopkins University and John Hopkins Medicine.
William Lear has been a member of The Jockey Club since 2010. He is the managing director of Stoll Keenon Ogden, a law firm based in Lexington, Kentucky.
Lear’s involvement in the Thoroughbred industry spans more than 30 years and has included representation in a variety of capacities on behalf of organizations such as the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association / Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders, Keeneland, the Breeders’ Cup, and The Jockey Club, as well as leading Thoroughbred breeding farms and racing stables.
A nominating committee composed of Craig Fravel (chair), Peter Willmott, and D.G. Van Clief Jr. recommended the candidate for the chairman’s position and all three officers were subsequently elected by the board of stewards.
Also at Saturday’s meeting, William S. Farish Jr. was elected to the board of stewards of The Jockey Club, filling Fravel’s expired position.
Farish has been a member of The Jockey Club since 1996. He is currently chairman of the board of the Breeders’ Cup and of Horse PAC, the federal political action committee of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.
Farish is a member of the board of directors of Keeneland Association and the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, and he is a member of the board of trustees of the University of Kentucky’s Gluck Equine Research Foundation. His family owns Lane’s End Farm in Versailles, Ky.