Cuomo of New York has appointed David Skorton as the chair for the NYRA
Skorton is the president of Cornell University, and said in a press release, “Horse
racing is an integral part of our state’s culture and economy, and I am honored to be
joining the talented members of the New York Racing Association Reorganization
Board to improve the industry for the horses, jockeys, backstretch workers, horse
owners, and bettors and all who enjoy racing and make it happen.”
Gov. Cuomo also named John Hendrickson as Saratoga’s racing manager of Marylou
Whitney Stables. Seven other members to the board were appointed by Cuomo,
including, Bobby Flay, Leonard, Riggio, Jane Rosenthal, Vincent Tese, Anthony
Bonomo, Joseph Spinelli, and Robert Megna.
is a well-known owner and breeder who has been a serious advocate for making
positive change in the horse breeding, racing, and auctioning industry.
Michael J. DelGuidice and Rick Cottion were the State Assembly’s two new
appointees, both of whom are public figures—DelGuidice is chairman of Rockland
Capital Energy Investments and Cotton is the executive VP of NBC Universal.
The NYRA Reorganization Board will have a total of 17 members, five of which will
be appointed by the NYRA itself. No formal announcement has yet been made as to
who the NYRA will appoint, but many predict it will include former chairman Steven
Duncker, Stuart Janney III, Stuart Subotnick, Charles Wait, and Barry Ostrager.
The first order of business, according to Skorton, will be to implement
recommendations and findings from the Task Force on Racehorse Health and Safety
to improve the sport for those most affected: the horses.