by Pat McKenna
The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced a new partnership with the Ed Brown Society to fund the non-profit’s expansion into New York State and create opportunities for young people of color to establish careers in thoroughbred racing.
Founded by Living The Dream Racing & Stables, a group of racing syndicates managed by Greg Harbut and Ray Daniels, the Ed Brown Society celebrates the rich history of African-Americans in the equine industry by identifying and supporting college students of color who have demonstrated the skills necessary to become successful professionals in a variety of different roles within the sport.
“Horse racing is a powerful economic engine that creates jobs and opportunities in every corner of New York State,” said Dave O’Rourke, NYRA President & CEO. “The Ed Brown Society is focused on ensuring those opportunities are shared equitably to increase diversity for the betterment of the sport. NYRA applauds the Ed Brown Society for what they have accomplished, and we look forward to anchoring this important work here in New York.”
NYRA will work with the Ed Brown Society to develop Ed Brown Scholars and Fellows who will qualify for paid internships at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course. To support these opportunities, NYRA has made a significant financial contribution to the Ed Brown Society.
“As a third-generation horseman, and one of the few African American professionals in the industry, I am very excited to begin this important work in New York,” said Ed Brown Society Chairman Greg Harbut. “NYRA is committed to our mission of expanding diversity, equity and inclusion in horse racing, which is exactly what this partnership will accomplish.”
The Ed Brown Society is named for the noted African American horseman, Edward Dudley Brown, who achieved great success as a thoroughbred jockey, trainer and owner from the latter 19th century through the time of his retirement in 1903. Brown, who trained Baden-Baden to win the 1877 Kentucky Derby and developed future Derby winners Ben Brush and Plaudit, was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1984.
For additional information, visit https://www.edbrownsociety.org.