12/31/2013 3:16PM

Aqueduct: New York state steward Donofrio retires


Carmine Donofrio, the state steward at New York Racing Association tracks for the past 14 years, officially retired from his post, effective with the close of racing Tuesday.

Donofrio, a former jockey and onetime exercise rider for the immortal Dr. Fager, has been involved in Thoroughbred racing for more than half a century.

“Carmine has served the state of New York as a state steward at NYRA for the past 14 years and now embarks on a well-earned retirement,” said Robert Williams, the acting executive director of the New York Gaming Commission, in a statement. “He will be missed not only for his expertise and sound judgment, but also for his wit, charm, and kindness.”

Stephen Lewandowski, who has served as an alternate steward for the past 14 years, has been appointed as Donofrio’s successor, beginning Wednesday.