06/16/2017 11:36AM

Migliore leaving post as racing analyst at NYRA

Michael Amoruso
Richard Migliore's last day as NYRA racing analyst will be July 8.

ELMONT, N.Y. – Citing a desire to find a better balance between his personal and professional lives, former jockey Richard Migliore announced Friday that he is leaving his post as racing analyst with the New York Racing Association.

Migliore’s last day at NYRA will be July 8, the day of the five-stakes Stars and Stripes program at Belmont Park.

Migliore, the Eclipse Award-winning apprentice rider of 1981 and a winner of 4,450 races, retired from race riding in June 2010 as a result of injuries sustained in a spill in January of that year. He went to work for HRTV before joining NYRA in 2011. In recent years, working with a team that included Andy Serling and Maggie Wolfendale, Migliore provided prerace observations of horses on NYRA’s simulcast presentation and had become an integral part of NYRA’s recent expansion in the television market with daily live shows from Belmont Park and Saratoga.

“I am very proud of my contributions to TV at NYRA and collectively what we all did as a group,” Migliore said. “We took it to another level, and I’m appreciative to have been a part of that.”

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Several years ago, Migliore bought a farm in Millbrook, N.Y., about 90 miles north of Belmont, where he lives with his wife and four children.

“I just want to find a better balance to still work in the industry and spend more time at home and not have to drive 200 miles,” Migliore said Friday. “I love where I live, but lately it seems like I’m only there to sleep.”

Migliore said he still wants to work in the racing industry, but perhaps not on a full-time basis. He has recently done some work for Fasig-Tipton in the auctioneer stand at sales, providing descriptions of pedigree and accomplishments of horses in the walking ring.

“I’m going to sit back and see what transpires the next few weeks,” Migliore said when asked about his future employment possibilities. “I’ve done some public and motivational-type of speaking as well. If I can find something where I can be home more often and travel less, that would be ideal.”

In a press release, NYRA president and chief executive Chris Kay said: “I’d like to thank Richie for all his years of dedicated service to NYRA and horse racing. In addition to his obvious talents on the racetrack and in front of the camera, Richie worked to introduce new owners to the game and educate apprentice jockeys to make them safer riders.”

Migliore is the second television personality to leave NYRA this year. In January, Jason Blewitt was fired as studio host of NYRA’s simulcast show and has since gone to work at Gulfstream Park.