After meeting with the media earlier in the day July 17, New York Racing Association president and chief executive officer Christopher Kay made his first public appearance at the annual Saratoga Race Course meet preview at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.
Kay was one of five panelists who took questions from moderator Brien Bouyea, the museum’s communications coordinator, and the audience; joining him were NYRA vice president and director of racing P.J. Campo, trainer Linda Rice, jockey John Velazquez, and Turf writer Michael Veitch.
Kay’s relaxed demeanor with the public contrasted sharply with his appearance earlier in the day, when he at times appeared impatient with reporters’ questions. Kay engaged the audience warmly, often cracking jokes that brought appreciative laughter. He seemed determined to court the local community by praising its passion, commitment, and support for racing.
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