02/28/2014 7:32PM

Santa Anita: Lakow hired as racing director


ARCADIA, Calif. – Mike Lakow, a former director of racing at the New York Racing Association, has been hired as racing director at Santa Anita, the track announced Friday.

Lakow, 57, will begin working at Santa Anita on March 24 and will assist Santa Anita racing secretary Rick Hammerle, the track said. Lakow currently works as a steward at Calder Race Course in Miami.

Aside from NYRA, Lakow has worked at tracks in Delaware, Dubai, Florida, Kentucky, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. He spent 12 years with NYRA as director of racing.

“Mike brings a breadth of experience and close personal relationships with horsemen nationwide that will serve us well as we move forward into this era of expanded dates and opportunities here at Santa Anita,” Santa Anita chairman Keith Brackpool said in a statement.

Santa Anita added a spring-summer meeting to its schedule this year following the closure of Hollywood Park at the end of 2013. In the past, Santa Anita ended its winter-spring meeting in mid-April, but will race through June 29 this year. The track has an autumn meeting that will include the Breeders’ Cup for the third consecutive year on Oct. 31 and Nov.1.

Lakow left NYRA in 2005. He later worked as general manager of Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms in Kentucky and led the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., before joining Calder in April 2013.

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mike Lakow will make a positive contribution anywhere he goes,
russell More than 1 year ago
Cover 2-Your not serious about Eastern horses coming to SA are you? Its all about economics. Kentucky can survive by offering lower purses than NY because the costs are lower Ditto Oaklawn Park Florida will always survive and prosper in the winter because all the NY trainers don't want to deal with the weather. What will probably happen at SA is they will card less races and probably have 5k claimer races to fill the card.
TheRaiderFan More than 1 year ago
I'd rather have Panza back
Cover2 More than 1 year ago
his gig will be to get eastern stock to come out,
DavidH More than 1 year ago
good luck with that. NOTGONNAHAPPEN.com is what he'll get. SA is going to pay travel expenses to and from? If so, they don't need him. If not, they don't need him. East Coast has enough opportunities in the region. California has, well, California and that's it.
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Good luck Mike. You did a great job in NY while there. Your experience will only help out there.
mikey More than 1 year ago
He moves around like a man being chased by someone.
Bruce Epstein More than 1 year ago
Judging from his experience at Calder, he's sure fit for a bunch of 5 horse fields. Great opportunity for CA racing if they can just get the avg. field up to 8 or 9. Otherwise, bettors will loose intererst in CA racing. Just look at GG, "overflow" fields of 5 and 6. It's not good for track or bettors.
Gene More than 1 year ago
Mickey More than 1 year ago
How hard is it to put 5 horse fields together?
mikey More than 1 year ago
Stevie Wonder was the other person they had in mind.
Gene More than 1 year ago
Lakow, 57, will begin working at Santa Anita on March 24 and will assistant Santa Anita racing secretary Rick Hammerle??? Nice use of the English laguage!!!the word is ASSIST..