D.G. Van Clief Jr., past president of Breeders’ Cup has been appointed by Governor Bob McDonnell to the Virginia Racing Commission.  Van Clief replaces David Reynolds whose term expired.

The longtime racing executive who began at Breeders’ Cup as executive director in 1982 has held a number of prominent positions in the industry serving as chief executive officer of Nydrie Stud, as the CEO and founding chairman of the NTRA, and as the president of Breeders’ Cup Limited..  He returned to Virginia a few years ago after a long career centered in Kentucky.

The son of former VTA president Daniel G. Van Clief who played a major role in bringing pari-mutuel racing to the Commonwealth, Van Clief is the chairman emeritus of  Fasig-Tipton and is a member of the board of Trustees of the Breeders’ Cup, Jockey Club Foundation, and Blood-Horse Publications. He is also a former trustee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA), National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), and is former president of the Thoroughbred Club of America.

He received the Eclipse Award of Merit in 1998, the TOBA industry service award in 1997, was elected to membership in The Jockey Club in 1991, and is the recipient of the inaugural Jockey Club Medal.

The VTA as well as former Virginia Racing Commissioner Robin Williams advocated his appointment.