10/05/2011 3:40PM

Santa Anita shakes up management


Santa Anita's director of racing, Mike Harlow, and Allen Gutterman, the track's vice-president of marketing, were among the leading executives to lose their jobs in a widespread restructuring of Santa Anita management, the track announced in a statement on Wednesday.

The announcement stated that 100 employees will be affected.

The statement said "the reorganization includes merging of some departments, streamlining of finance and operations departments, and a reduction in management and seasonal workforce."

Some full-time employees will be shifted to seasonal employment while the track is operating its winter-spring or autumn meetings, according to a person familiar with the plan.

Harlow, who has a background in California and Arizona racing, had been at Santa Anita since 1999, while Gutterman, one of the sport's most widely respected marketing officials, held his position at Santa Anita since 2005. Gutterman previously worked at venues such as the Meadowlands, the New York Racing Association, and Hollywood Park.

As a result of their departures, Chris Quinn, the former head of group sales at Santa Anita, has been promoted to vice-president of sales and marketing and will oversee the merger of marketing, sales, and public relations into one department.

Rick Hammerle, who has been at Santa Anita since 1999 as racing secretary, will now be vice-president of racing and racing secretary.

The latest development is similar to what has occurred in recent years at Gulfstream Park, another Stronach-owned track.