10/20/2013 2:09PM

Panza to start NYRA job next month


Martin Panza will start his new job as senior vice president of racing operations for the New York Racing Association in late November, the organization said Sunday in a press release announcing his hire.

Daily Racing Form reported Panza’s hiring Friday.

Since 1994, Panza has served as vice president of racing and racing secretary at Betfair Hollywood Park, a track that will shutter following its fall meet.

"This is a very significant step in the continuing effort to successfully reorganize the New York Racing Association," Dr. David Skorton, chair of the NYRA Reorganization Board, said in the press release. "Martin is a proven leader with more than 25 years' experience. He will work very effectively with the other skilled executives currently in place at NYRA. The organization is moving in the right direction."

In addition to working at Hollywood Park, Panza served two terms on the American Graded Stakes Committee, and he serves on the Breeders' Cup Selection Committee, the Dubai World Cup Selection Committee, and the North American Ratings Committee for The Jockey Club.

"It's a great honor to join the New York Racing Association team," Panza said in the release. "I will work hard to present great racing and to create innovative ways to further increase the fan base."

Prior to working at Hollywood Park, Panza served in a variety of racing positions at tracks including Santa Anita Park and the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club.

"Martin will bring skills that are so important as we strive to continuously improve our quality of racing," said Chris Kay, NYRA chief executive and president. "He will also work closely with New York State's Equine Medical Director to promote safety."

Rufus More than 1 year ago
He's at least a great deal better than the Cuomo suck-up and pinhead, who once visited a racetrack long ago, and claimed in made an indelible mark on him, so much so that he didn't return to a racetrack for another 20 odd years. Yep, he makes $360,000, plus up to a $250,000 bonus a year to greet people and pose for pictures. Cuomo always tries to insure his pathetic lackies make a lot of money by their unqualified appointments.
mikey More than 1 year ago
Amen brother.
Buzz Nottingham More than 1 year ago
I agree with wolves mostly for the abolishment of coupled entries.
wolves More than 1 year ago
another 6 figure bread-winning bureaucrat....YAWN If the pin-heads at NYRA can't/won't get the takeout reduced, at least get rid of coupled entries, for starters.....and name a grade one after The Chief.
Rick Hulce More than 1 year ago
Martin Panza came up with the innovative and original Pick 6 guarantee, new wagers such as the Super Hi 5, Friday night racing, corporate sponsored Turf Festivals, VIP/High Rollers room etc. (I'm sure that I'm missing a few others). His ideas have been copied by many other tracks these past 15-20 years. His talents were being wasted these past couple of years at the soon-to-be defunct Hollywood Park.
Roger More than 1 year ago
Panza had ZERO to do with P-6 Guarantee....the idea was suggested by customer Rene Romero at a meeting attended by Panza up in the Gold Cup room durng a weekday morning called by GM Eual Wyatt. Panza had ZERO to do with the Friday Night young customer theme and post parade music which began in 1991....3 years before he became Racing Secreatary. Panza had ZERO to do with not only creating the VIP Room but naming it as well.The suggestion was presented to CEO Hubbard a year before by his Consultant in his monthly letter and Hubbard was going to shut it down after 3 months but gave it a little more time and the VIP Room up in the Turf Club had around 40 seats as the handle continued to rapidly increase until HPark was sold to Churchill in 1999.
wolves More than 1 year ago
let's not let the facts get in the way of the story
mikey More than 1 year ago
When has a p4-5-6 not hie the guarantee.That's nothing but a scam.He better bring more to the job than that.
scott More than 1 year ago
That is absolute crap, Martin didn't invent most or all of those things. Hubbard and other people did.
TheRaiderFan More than 1 year ago
Panza has kept Hollywood Park playable when seemingly everything has gone against that. He will be a tremendous addition to NYRA and California will miss him.
mikey More than 1 year ago
Well if he was that good why has another California trach grabbed him.
AzLimitPoker More than 1 year ago
We will...Speak for yourself because I won't.
William Norton More than 1 year ago
Get ready for the "late scratch" parade after Panza draws his "entries" from Planet Pluto.