03/10/2007 1:00AM

La. Downs racing secretary resigns



Tony Patterson has resigned as racing secretary of Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, La., said Mark Midland, the track's vice president of racing operations, on Saturday. Patterson's final day will be March 24, which is the last day of entries for the current Quarter Horse meet, said Midland. The season ends on March 27.

"I have decided to pursue an opportunity outside the racing industry here in Bossier City," Patterson said in a release issued by Louisiana Downs. "I have worked in racing for many years, but felt like it was time to try something new."

Midland said a search for a new racing secretary will begin immediately. Louisiana Downs will open a Thoroughbred meet on May 4.

Patterson came on board as racing secretary at Louisiana Downs last April, following the resignation of Pat Pope. Patterson has served as racing secretary for two meets at the track, including the Thoroughbred season in 2006.