New York Racing Association
Founded in 1955, and franchised to run thoroughbred racing at New York’s three major tracks (Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park, and Saratoga Race Course) through 2033, NYRA boasts a lineage that actually stretches back almost 150 years.
Currently, NYRA is seeking a Safety Steward to assist the Stewards in day-to-day operations at NYRA race tracks. The Safety Steward will monitor the treatment offered by private veterinarians to horses racing at all NYRA tracks, supervise and educate security personnel (Horse Watch Detail), and provide support with all racing related investigations. Reporting to the Senior Vice President of Racing, under the supervision of the Stewards, the Safety Steward will consult and advise stakeholders on matters relating to racing integrity and areas of safety and health of jockeys, horsemen, and the equine athlete and how NYRA may improve industry standards at all of the NYRA racing facilities.
The successful candidate will be responsible for monitoring and observing daily backstretch activities and enforcing compliance for race day medication regulations; following up on leads, which may involve the inappropriate or illegal use of medications; and making recommendations to the NYRA, New York State and Jockey Club Stewards to ensure the integrity of racing and compliance with horse racing laws and regulations. The Safety Steward will be responsible for conducting safety checks during training hours; assisting stewards during formal hearings and New York State license technicians with license problems including daily check of trainer and owner license status; approve licenses for all riders; and assisting NYRA investigators with the barn inspections on medication positives and with internal investigations. In this hands-on role, the successful candidate will give the trainer examination (practical); assist with Vet Exams; oversee continuing education classes for provisional exercise riders and apprentice jockeys; monitor training to ensure that exercise riders, outriders, and pony riders observe all rules; and help assure proper horse ambulance protocol for quick response during training and racing. The Safety Steward will conduct briefing with security personnel on graded stake races, and continuously monitor security personnel; monitor the horses leaving and entering the backside enclosure; assist the NYRA Veterinarian with out of competition testing; and investigate selected horse fatalities.
The ideal candidate must have extensive thoroughbred racing industry knowledge; previous experience as a racing official, steward or veterinarian preferred, but not required; knowledge of backstretch activities, racing office procedures and regulatory experience; Racing Official Accreditation Program (“ROAP”) certification is a plus. (If not accredited, ability to become accredited is required.We seek a candidate who will be able to work at all three NYRA properties (Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park & Saratoga Race Course for 7 weeks during the summer).
NYRA offers a competitive salary and benefit package and the opportunity to be part of the rich tradition that defines New York thoroughbred racing. To apply for this position, please e-mail resume and salary history to JLevine@nyrainc.com.
NYRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Veterinary Career Center
New York Racing Association
Internal Number: N2200073
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