NYRA’s New Board


The New York Racing Association (NYRA) has a new reorganization board. Governor

Cuomo of New York has appointed David Skorton as the chair for the NYRA

Reorganization Board.


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.


The State Senate appointed two members, Michael Dubb and Earle I Mack. Mack

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.



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