Madeline Auerbach was born in Yorkshire, England in 1944. She moved to the United States as a child and was always fascinated with horses. She was first introduced to world of thoroughbred horse racing by her late husband Jim and eventually became a part of his small but active California based racing stable.
In 1996, she and Jim were at Hollywood Park when trainer-partner Barry Abrams came to them with the idea of claiming Unusual Heat for $80,000. That was only the beginning of a whirlwind experience with Unusual Heat and Thoroughbred Racing and Breeding that has brought Mrs. Auerbach to the forefront of the industry.
Currently, Mrs. Auerbach owns approximately 50 horses both in breeding and racing capacities. She is the founder and the former Chairperson of CARMA, a 501C3 funding arm for retired racehorses in California. She served for 8 years as a director and on the executive board of the Thoroughbred Owners of California. Additionally, she was a founding director of The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance where she also served as its Vice Chairman.
Madeline was elected to the prestigious Jockey Club of America in 2012 and actively particpates in that role. In January 2014, Madeline was appointed as a commissioner to the California Horse Racing Board by then Governor Jerry Brown where she served as Vice Chairman until 2019. In 2018, Madeline was appointed to the National Racing Museum and Hall of Fame Board of Directors in Saratoga, New York where she served a brief term. All the while she continues to be one of the most active and visible owners on the California-West Coast racing circuit.
Mrs. Auerbach lives in Bell Canyon, CA and enjoys spending time with children Harris, Patrick, Erin, Robin and David along with grandchildren Jamie and Allison and granddogs Maverick, Pony and Gatsby.