01/26/2010 1:00AM

Blatz-Murff leaving Breeders' Cup


Pam Blatz-Murff, a longtime employee of the Breeders' Cup who ran the organization's racing-office functions, is negotiating a settlement with the company that eliminates her position, according to officials close to the organization.

Blatz-Murff, whose official title was senior vice president of operations, has been employed by the Breeders' Cup since 1982, when the organization was founded. According to the officials, who said that they could not be identified because of confidentiality issues surrounding the settlement, Blatz-Murff's position is being eliminated as the Breeders' Cup looks to streamline its operations in the face of reduced revenues.

Greg Avioli, president of the Breeders' Cup, said that he could not comment on personnel issues at the organization.

Blatz-Murff's duties included administering entries for the Breeders' Cup year-end event and providing services to horsemen participating in the races. According to an official, the duties will be taken over by current employees, including Dora Delgado, senior vice president of nominations and onsite operations.