John Phillips, President

Owner, Darby Dan Farm

John Phillips is a third-generation horseman who oversees the family owned Darby Dan Farm. He also manages Phillips Racing Partnership, which has campaigned several Grade I performers, including Breeders’ Cup winner and Eclipse Champion Soaring Softly and current Grade I winner Winter Memories. Receiving a BA from Denison University and a JD from Vanderbilt University, Phillips was an associate and he represented a number of equine industry clients including the Ohio Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders and HBPA, Ohio Division. Phillips moved to Lexington, Kentucky in 1998 committing exclusively to his equine enterprise.

Phillips has served the industry in a number of positions and on a number of boards. Currently he is a member of The Jockey Club and serves as a director of The Jockey Club Information Systems. He is a member of TOBA, having served on the Executive Committee of that organization for several years. He is a past director of the Board of the Bluegrass Conservancy, Thoroughbred Club of America, the Breeders’ Cup Board of Directors and its Executive Committee. He also served two terms as a racing commissioner in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and is presently a director of the Fayette Alliance and Fayette Alliance Foundation in Lexington, Kentucky. He joined the TAA Board in the spring of 2017.