Chris Kay, CEO, New York Racing Association
Two years after becoming CEO of the New York Racing Association, Chris Kay witnessed history when American Pharoah won the Triple Crown at the 2015 Belmont Stakes, the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years. The enormity of the event — and NYRA’s role in creating a festival atmosphere around it — earned it the Sports Business Award for Sports Event of the Year. Kay also has created a new online wagering program, NYRA Bets, and expanded NYRA’s live racing program, which is now available in 90 million U.S. households. Kay is now working on the redevelopment of Belmont Park into a sports and entertainment destination that will include an arena for the New York Islanders.