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NTRA TASK FORCE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JIM GALLAGHER TO JOIN NEW YORK RACING ASSOCIATION
Dr. Scot A. Waterman to Succeed Gallagher as Head of Drug Testing Task Force
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced today that Jim Gallagher, currently executive director of the NTRA Racing Integrity and Drug Testing Task Force, will leave the organization effective March 28 to become vice president of parimutuel operations at the New York Racing Association (NYRA), which owns and operates Aqueduct, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course.
Dr. Scot A. Waterman will succeed Gallagher as executive director of the Racing Integrity and Drug Testing Task Force, which will stay in place to continue its work in advancing drug testing methodologies and in facilitating the recent efforts of the broader industry group formed by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) to review current medication-related procedures. Waterman, currently the Task Force's director of procedures and methods, joined the NTRA in April 2001. A graduate of the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program where he won the Program's "Distinguished Senior" award, Waterman is a registered veterinarian and was the owner/operator of North Hills Animal Hospital in Chamblee, Ga., from 1993 to 1998. Waterman has authored several industry research studies including "The Funding of Equine Medical Research Through Parimutuel Handle," "Racing Commission Relationships with Tribal Gaming Facilities," and "Racetrack Personnel: A Comparative Study."
"Jim did an outstanding job serving as a catalyst for the Task Force and fostering an outstanding level of cooperation among the various racing jurisdictions so that drug testing standards and methodologies can be improved in a meaningful, long-term way," said NTRA Commissioner Tim Smith. "We will miss his leadership as the Task Force and the industry move forward."
"We look forward to having Jim as part of our organization," said Terry Meyocks, NYRA president and COO. "He brings a wealth of experience to the position as a former regulator and in his work with the NTRA. His expertise and stature in the industry will be valuable assets for NYRA."
Among his responsibilities at NYRA, Gallagher will oversee the mutuel department, account/telephone wagering and wagering operations with TVG and OTB. He will also work closely with other various NYRA departments and on rules and regulations with the New York State Racing and Wagering Board. Gallagher will also continue to serve the NTRA Drug Testing Task Force, as well as the larger AAEP group, in an advisory capacity. Prior to joining the NTRA in August 1999, Gallagher worked 22 years for the New York State Racing and Wagering Board in various capacities.
"I'm very proud to have helped get the ball rolling in an area of such vital importance to the horseracing industry," said Gallagher. "But New York racing is in my blood, and the opportunity to once again be a part of it is too attractive to pass up."
The NTRA is a broad-based coalition of horseracing interests, including the American Quarter Horse Association, charged with increasing popularity of horseracing and improving economic conditions for industry participants. The NTRA and Breeders' Cup Limited also conduct the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, Thoroughbred racing's year-end Championships consisting of eight races and $13 million in purses and awards, the Breeders' Cup Stakes Program and the Great State Challenge. The NTRA has offices in Lexington, Ky., and New York City. NTRA press releases appear on the NTRA Web site, NTRA.com.
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