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.


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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.


Foundation News
Jill Baffert

ARCADIA, Calif. (January 30, 2018) - The Edwin J. Gregson Foundation announces the addition of Jill Baffert to its Board of Directors. Jill, spouse of Triple Crown winner and Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, is a former news anchor and reporter in Louisville, KY, where she covered racing at Churchill Downs.

"We're delighted and grateful that Jill has accepted a seat on our Board," says Foundation President Jenine Sahadi. "Jill and Bob have been steadfast contributors to the Foundation since its inception in 2000, and she was instrumental in helping raise well over $225,000 for the Foundation when Bob served as our honoree for a fundraising dinner held in the Del Mar area in 2016. Jill is involved in considerable philanthropic work, and we look forward to her input concerning the charitable activities and giving of the Foundation."

Jill says, "I'm thrilled to join the Gregson Foundation Board. They have helped so many deserving backstretch families in a truly meaningful way, and I'm honored to be a part of it."

Jill is active in racing through her husband's stable, owning several graded stakes winners that include Maybellene, Contested, and Misremembered. She also serves on the board of Old Friends, Operation Walk L.A., and is an advisory board member of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance.

The Edwin J. Gregson Foundation

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Jerry Hollendorfer

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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Groom Elite Program

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.

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