(Where are the) Women in Racing?

At a meeting of the NYRA board of directors on Wednesday, August 12, board chair Michael Del Giudice announced that the last vacancy on the board had been filled by Chris Mara, the senior vice president of the New York Giants and a Thoroughbred owner.

Over the last year, three board members have resigned, including the lone woman on the board, Jane Rosenthal. All three vacancies have been filled by men, which means that the NYRA board entirely comprises men.

Of the 16 officers of the New York Racing Association listed in the program, 12 are men.

At The Jockey Club Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing on August 9, 10 of the 13 speakers were men. Since 2010, 63 speakers have been male; five have been women.

At the Saratoga Institute on Equine, Racing and Gaming Law, held on August 11 and 12 by Albany Law School, 54 speakers were listed in the program, 11 of them women.

Earlier this summer at the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit, five of the 17 speakers were women.

Looking strictly at the summer events already held in Saratoga—the Round Table, the law conference, and the NYRA board meeting—88% of the speakers have been men.

Continue reading at The Saratogian

Photo: Dr. Kathleen Anderson, president-elect of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, speaking at this year’s Round Table. Photo courtesy of The Jockey Club.

One thought on “(Where are the) Women in Racing?

  1. Teresa:

    If you come down to Delaware Park I can list you five Jockeys and ten trainers that are women in racing right here in Stanton, DE! Plus, this is where Rosie Napravnik stroved to establish the first part of her superb riding career.

    Since 1939 Delaware Park has been at the forefront of racing’s female component.

    Uncle Smiley

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