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NYRA Names Chris Kay President & CEO; BOD Unfazed By Lack Of Industry Experience
Published June 19, 2013
ON THE AGENDA: BLOODHORSE's Teresa Genaro wrote, "Among the issues facing NYRA is the future of Aqueduct Racetrack, the re-privatization of the organization following a three-year state takeover, and the possible opening of full-scale casinos in the state, currently under discussion in Albany." Kay said he "fell in love" with horse racing when he went to the track for the first time at age 19 (BLOODHORSE.com, 6/18). Kay said of his priorities with NYRA, "Number one, the Board has provided us with a three-year strategic plan, so I’m going to follow that strategic plan, and execute it. And, to summarize that, number one is going to be to enhance the guest experience for our racing fans and to recruit others to become new racing fans. The second is the re-privatization; to work with the kind of people we have at the table and with state government, and the third is just to improve the quality of racing and purses at every racetrack we operate" (NYDAILYNEWS.com, 6/18).