The New York Racing Association

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About NYRA

Created more than 50 years ago so that New York State could share in the boom in racing that followed World War II, The New York Racing Association, Inc., holds the exclusive right to conduct racing at Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga until 2033.

NYRA tracks are the cornerstone of the state’s thoroughbred business, which contributes more than $2 billion annually to New York State’s urban, suburban and rural economy.

In 2012, more than 1.7 million people attended the live races at NYRA tracks. On-track wagering, including simulcasting, increased 7.9 percent to $674.9 million from $625.3 million in 2011. All-sources handle was up 11.8 percent to $2.5 billion compared to $2.2 billion in 2011. According to Equibase, handle on all races in the United States rose 1 percent to $10.9 billion in 2012 from $10.8 billion in 2011; the $232 million increase on NYRA’s races was more than double the $103 million industry-wide increase.

NYRA’s beginnings date back to 1955, when the Greater New York Association acquired the assets of the four racing associations operating Belmont, Jamaica, Saratoga and Aqueduct racetracks.

Within four years, the NYRA had demolished the old Aqueduct and in 1959 opened the modern Aqueduct. Jamaica Race Track was closed down the same year and its property sold for use as a housing development. From 1963 through 1968, Belmont Park was shuttered as a new grandstand was built.

In 2011, Resorts World New York City Casino, operated by Genting New York LLC, opened at Aqueduct Racetrack. Revenue from the casino is directed to help education in the state as well as ensure long-term stability for the racing industry. In 2012, at the direction of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, a temporary publicly controlled body was put in place to transform management of thoroughbred racing in New York. The NYRA Reorganization Board consists of 17 members; eight appointed by the Governor; two directors each appointed by the Senate and Assembly, and five directors appointed by the former NYRA Board.

Mission: Meeting the highest standards in thoroughbred racing and equine safety.


  • David J. Skorton, Chairman
  • Anthony J. Bonomo
  • Rick Cotton
  • Michael J. Del Guidice
  • Michael Dubb
  • C. Steven Duncker
  • Bobby Flay
  • Stuart S. Janney, III
  • Earle Mack
  • Robert Megna
  • Barry Ostrager
  • Leonard Riggio
  • Jane Rosenthal
  • Joseph Spinelli
  • Stuart Subotnick
  • Vincent Tese
  • Charles V. Wait
  • John Hendrickson, Special Advisor
  • Michael Kotlikoff, Special Advisor
  • Chester F. Broman, ex-officio
  • Richard Violette, ex-officio


  • Christopher K. Kay, CEO and President
  • Patrick Mahony, Senior Vice President of Pari-Mutuel Operations
  • Martin Panza, Senior Vice President of Racing Operations
  • David A. Smukler, Senior Vice President of Human Resources & Labor Relations
  • Susanne Stover, Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
  • Sidney J. Anthony, Vice President of Security
  • Glen Kozak, Vice President of Facilities & Racing Surfaces
  • David O’Rourke, Vice President of Corporate Development
  • Kevin Rogan, Chief Compliance Officer & Corporate Secretary
  • Tom Thill, Vice President & Chief Information Officer
  • Stephen Travers, Vice President of Hospitality, Guest Services & Group Sales
  • Rodnell Workman, Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer
  • Pasquale Viscusi, J.D., LL.M., Assistant General Counsel / Records Access Appeals Officer 
  • Iris Roberts, Records Access Officer
  • Jelena Alonso, Controller
  • Ross Didia, Corporate Treasurer


  • Dan Eidson, Racing Secretary
  • Christopher Camac, Asst. Racing Secretary & Handicapper
  • Andrew Byrnes, Stakes Coordinator
  • Bruce Johnstone, Manager Racing Operations
  • Roy Robert Williamson, Starter
  • Dr. Anthony Verderosa, Chief Examining Veterinarian
  • Timothy D. Kelly, Clerk of Scales *
  • Edward F. Brown, Assistant Clerk of Scales
  • Peter Fitzgerald, Paddock & Patrol Judge
  • Kelly Gecewicz, Michael J. Muzio, Matthew Salvato,
    Sentell Taylor, Jr., Ralph Theroux, Jr., Placing/Patrol Judges
  • Stephen Foster, Timer/Placing and Patrol
  • Patricia Forte-Williams, Horsemen's Bookkeeper
  • Janet Reid, Chief Horse Identifier
  • Tom Durkin, Announcer
  • John Imbriale, Announcer
  • Joanne K. Adams, Director of Community Relations
  • Carmen Barrera, Director, Horsemen's Relations
  • Scott Finley, Director of Simulcasting
  • Eric Wing, Director of Communications and Media Relations
  • Dan Silver, Director of TV and Interactive Platforms
  • Rick Wickman, Stable Supervisor


  • Dr. W. Theodore Hill, The Jockey Club *
  • Stephen Lewandowski, Alternate State Steward *
  • Braulio Baeza, Jr., NYRA Steward*

*fully accredited


  • Barry C. Sample, Chair
  • John A. Crotty, Commissioner
  • John Poklemba, Esq., Commissioner
  • Todd R. Snyder, Commissioner
  • Robert Williams, Acting Executive Director
  • Edmund C. Burns, General Counsel 


NYRA is a member of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations and complies with its Code of Standards and By-Laws.
The New York Racing Association, Inc., is licensed by the N.Y. State Gaming Commission and operates under its Rules and Regulations.
The New York State Gaming Commission
One Broadway Center
PO Box 7500
Schenectady, NY 12301-7500
(518) 395-5400
Send Questions or Comments to: info@gaming.ny.gov