02/12/2016 4:16PM

Longtime racetracker Ralph Theroux Jr. retiring

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OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Ralph Theroux Jr., who has worked in racing since 1961, will retire following the conclusion of Monday’s Aqueduct card.

Theroux, 69, started as a hotwalker and groom for Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens in 1961 and worked in the industry as a jockey’s agent, an entry clerk and placing/patrol judge, and an alternate steward. Theroux has worked in the racing office at the New York Racing Association tracks since February 2005.

Theroux said he is retiring to spend more time with his family, which includes his wife, Karen, two daughters, and one grandchild. Theroux said he and his wife will split time between Vancouver, British Columbia, and Southern California, where their daughters live.

Theroux said he is hopeful of being able to work in the racing office during the Saratoga season, though that is not set in stone.

“I truly enjoy what I do,” Theroux said. “I really like the people I work with and see every day. My dad came on the track in 1933. Absolutely no regrets.”