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New NYRA CEO invited to Saratoga

New York Racing Association special adviser John Hendrickson is excited to show off the Saratoga Race Course and the community's excitement for horse racing.

Hendrickson said he hopes that newly appointed NRA President and CEO Christopher Kay will get to experience some of the Saratoga 150 celebrations, which he said embodies the kind of enthusiasm that should be spread to NYRA’s racing communities at the Aqueduct Race Track and Belmont Park.

“I’d be honored to give [Kay] a tour to show him the things that need to be fixed and the pride the community has in the people’s track,” Hendrickson said.

Kay was tapped in a unanimous decision of the New York Racing Association board of directors on Tuesday and will take over on July 1.

NYRA’s CEO position was vacated in May 2012 with the termination of Charlie Hayward for his alleged role in a takeout error that cost bettors millions of dollars and prompted the state takeover of the NYRA board. Following his departure, Ellen McClain ran day-to-day operations until May, when an interim management team took over briefly.

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