11/17/2015 12:54PM

Mike Dempsey, Monmouth director of racing, to retire

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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.

 

Harriet Harvatt More than 1 year ago
will be greatly missed. A very classy man and gentleman. Thank you for all your help. Good luck in whatever you choose in life. Charles n Harriet Harvatt
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best of Luck to Mike Dempsey. He is a classy guy who did a great job.