11/17/2015 12:54PM

Mike Dempsey, Monmouth director of racing, to retire


Mike Dempsey, the longtime director of racing at Monmouth Park, will retire at the end of the year, according to a release put out by the track Tuesday.

Dempsey, 60, went to work as a claims clerk at Monmouth in 1979 after graduating from the University of Arizona Racetrack Industry Program. He is a native of Monmouth County, N.J.

“I’ve enjoyed every bit of my time at Monmouth and in the racing industry,” Dempsey said. “I’ve been truly fortunate to call Monmouth Park my second home and to work with great people for so many years. For me, the time has come to spend more time with my girls and enjoy being with my family.”

Dempsey leaves on a high note after having drawn Triple Crown winner American Pharoah to the Haskell Invitational. American Pharoah’s presence resulted in Mounmouth Park handle and attendance records.

“Mike has been a valued asset to New Jersey racing for decades,” said Bob Kulina, president of Darby Development, which operates Monmouth on behalf of the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association. “His accomplishments speak for themselves and he will be sorely missed.”

According to the release, Monmouth is expected to announce a new racing secretary in the near future.