06/19/2013 3:00PM

New NYRA chief won’t make Kentucky trip immediately


Christopher Kay, the new chief executive of the New York Racing Association, will not be traveling to Lexington, Ky., to meet racing officials on Thursday, NYRA officials acknowledged on Wednesday, but he plans to make a trip to Lexington in the future.

Kay and NYRA board members had said on Tuesday that Kay would travel to Lexington on Thursday in advance of starting his new job on July 1 to learn more about the racing industry. The NYRA job, one of the most prominent positions in U.S. racing, is Kay’s first position in the racing industry.

“I’m going to learn as much as I can as quickly as I can in every venue I can,” Kay said at the Tuesday board meeting. “Part of the education process.”

Asked on Wednesday for Kay’s itinerary for the Lexington trip, NYRA officials said that the itinerary had not been finalized and that dates for the trip had yet to be determined.

An official who did not want to be identified because he is not a NYRA official said that the trip had been described to him as a way for Kay to introduce himself in informal settings to top officials in the racing business. Many of racing’s national organizations are based in Lexington or have offices in the city, which is the epicenter of the U.S. breeding industry.

Matt Zebriski More than 1 year ago
I am certain Mr. Kay is a highly qualified individual overall, but this selection to run NYRA will go down as one of the more idiotic hi rings of all time in any industry. NYRA needs an individual who is very versed with industry subtleties and a firm comprehension of how the business works and the problems plaguing it. $300K is a joke, the position demands more compensation than that and his acceptance speaks volumes. The first thing he needs to do is clean house in the racing office and root out cheating.
russell More than 1 year ago
How many people get jobs for 300k + bonus in an industry they know nothing about. NYRA keeps on GIVING and they get very little in return.
Thomas More than 1 year ago
perhaps it might make sense to walk the backstretch at belmont and aqueduct, and spend some time talking to the bettors-- his customers-- before he makes a pilgrimige to KY.
Donnie Jones More than 1 year ago
How did he get to be chief executive of NYRA if he doesn't know everything he needs to know to handle the job? Huh?
Lew Gelbman More than 1 year ago
based on the way horse racing is going he is not missing much by not going and meeting with the supposed experts