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Donald Valpredo

Athlete

Inducted 2019

A lifelong horseman and rancher from Bakersfield, Valpredo has spent more than 40 years on the board of every major horse racing and breeding organization in the state. He served on the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association Board from 1972-90, serving in just about every capacity with that organization including president from 1986-90. He was inducted into the CTBA Hall of Fame in 2017.

A multiple-stakes winner as an owner and breeder, one of Valpredo’s proudest accomplishments was helping establish California Cup as a shining spotlight on California-bred racehorses. Known as the Donald Valpredo California Cup Sprint, it will have its 29th running in 2019.

Valpredo also served on the California Horse Racing Board from 1990-98 and on the Thoroughbred Owners of California Board from 1999-2011. He’s also been on the board of directors for the Breeders’ Cup and the Thoroughbred Owners of California, and is on the board of the Jockey Club in New York.

Valpredo served two terms on the California Horse Racing Board, from 1990-98. During that time one of the things he pushed for was standardized saddlecloth colors, which remain in use today. Bettors, especially when watching a simulcast, can follow their choices much more easily because each number corresponds to a particular color.