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The New York Racing Association dismissed Fran LaBelle Jr., its assistant director of communications, on Friday evening.

"We thank Fran for his contributions and wish him well in the future," NYRA's chief operating officer, Hal Handel said.

LaBelle had spent 12 years at NYRA. Before that, he had been a New York correspondent for Daily Racing Form.