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The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) Reorganization Board meeting focuses on guest experience at three NYRA racing venues

By Eric Wing | 03/05/2014 11:47 AM ET

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) Reorganization Board of Directors, meeting in New York City today, focused their discussion on enhancing the guest experience at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course, both on an everyday basis and on major race days.

The Board heard a report from CEO and President Christopher Kay, who detailed ongoing and upcoming guest-related improvements to Aqueduct, Belmont and Saratoga. Several Board members discussed the importance of maintaining an excellent day-to-day guest experience at all three tracks as well as creating memorable experiences on big days. 
Kay said admission prices to Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course are expected to be announced shortly, pending final conclusions from a consulting firm tasked with conducting market research on changes previously approved at the December Board meeting. 

The Board heard additional reports from Chair David J. Skorton and Chief Financial Officer Susanne Stover.

The Board also heard reports from the Audit and Compliance Committee, the Finance Committee, the Equine Safety Committee, the Racing Committee, and the Long Term Planning Committee. 

Elected to the Racing Committee were Joseph Spinelli and Stuart Subotnick. In addition, the Board voted to approve the minutes of the Board meeting held on December 4, 2013.

All materials discussed and reviewed during the Board's meetings, replays of past meetings, and a list of Board members are available here.

About the NYRA Board: The NYRA Board consists of 17 directors: eight appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo; two directors each appointed by the New York State Senate and Assembly; and five directors appointed by the former NYRA Board. Breeders and horsemen each have an ex officio member. The NYRA Board is in effect through October 2015, following which NYRA will revert back to majority private control. Seven of the appointees bring experience from the entertainment, finance, and legal fields in addition to horse racing.