Passero becomes N.Y. track superintendent

Former surfaces overseer in Maryland joins NYRA

Horse Racing

December 18, 2004|By Tom Keyser

John Passero, former track superintendent for the Maryland Jockey Club, has accepted the same job with the New York Racing Association, which conducts racing at Aqueduct, Belmont Park and Saratoga.

After 17 years' maintaining racing surfaces at Pimlico, Bowie and Laurel Park, Passero resigned in May after saying he'd been excluded from Magna Entertainment Corp.'s rebuilding of Laurel's track surfaces.

Magna is majority owner of the MJC. Passero has declined to elaborate, and Magna and MJC officials have declined to comment.

"We are truly pleased to have John join NYRA," said Charles Hayward, NYRA president and CEO. "John is recognized as the best track superintendent in the country. His record and reputation are second to none."

Said Passero: "I am flattered and thrilled to join NYRA. New York racing is the best in the country. ... The people I have met have been outstanding. I have a really good feeling about making this move."

- Tom Keyser

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