Lenny Hale has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF). For 11 years, Hale worked for the New York Racing Association and left as a senior vice-president of racing and properties for the New York Racing Association. Hale has worn many hats in his long career, including stints as starter; paddock, placing and patrol judge and racing secretary at Hialeah Park, Garden State Park, Delaware Park, Calder Race Course and Colonial Downs. A former vice-president of racing for the Maryland Jockey Club, Hale has also been a trainer and consultant and handled the boarding of broodmares and lay-ups at Rockburn Farm in Virginia.
Hale said of his decision to join the TRF board: “Thoroughbred racing has been very good to me throughout my long career from hotwalker and exercise rider/pony boy to Senior VP Racing for the NYRA and the Maryland Jockey Club. I am honored to be accepted on their Board and will certainly do everything in my power to advance the mission of the organization.”
TRF CEO Michael Lakow, commented on Hale: “I have known and respected Lenny for many years and feel his experience, expertise and passion for thoroughbreds makes him a perfect addition for the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation board.”
Diana Pikulski, a Director of the TRF, longtime Executive Director and current Director of External Affairs for the TRF, added: “Lenny is the consummate horseman and knows first-hand the duty of stewardship that racing needs to show for the horse's whole life.
Hale joins Robin Ganzert, Mike Lakow, John Moore, Suzie O'Cain, Diana Pikulski, Hayward Pressman, Leslie Priggen and Peggy Santulli on the TRF board.
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