12/01/2009 12:00AM

Fick to leave position at Jockey Club


Dan Fick, the executive vice president and executive director of The Jockey Club since 2003, is leaving the Jockey Club to become an associate state steward for the Indiana Horse Racing Commission next year, Fick said on Tuesday.

Fick, who is also the chief executive of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium, said that he took the position in Indiana because of a desire to work at a live racing facility. Indiana has two mixed-breed racetracks, Hoosier Park in Anderson and Indiana Downs in Shelbyville. The tracks, which recently opened casinos, run live Thoroughbred racing dates from approximately April to October.

"I've been in this business for 30 years, and the reason I got into it was to work at the racetrack," said Fick, 61. "I've been looking for a steward's position because that will allow me to work well into my old age, and this was the right place at the right time."

Fick's last day at the Jockey Club will be Dec. 31. The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium will hold elections for officers in January, though Fick said he would like to try to stay involved with the consortium in the future. He also said that he would continue to assist the Racing Officials Accreditation Program, which provides continuing education to racing officials, including stewards.

Fick will be replaced at the Jockey Club by Matt Iuliano, the vice president of registration services for the organization for the past eight years. Iuliano will continue to oversee "all matters concerning the American Stud Book and he will represent the the Jockey Club as it interacts with industry organizations," a release from the Jockey Club said.

The departure of Fick represents another significant management change at the Jockey Club in the past several months. In September, Alan Marzelli, the organization's president and chief operating officer since 2003 and a 26-year employee, announced he would retire as of Dec. 31. Marzelli is being replaced by James Gagliano, the organization's chief administrative officer since 2005.