Kenneth “Kenny” Noe, Jr., former president, chief executive officer and chairman of The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) board died Sunday at the age of 84.
Noe, who served as a racing secretary and steward at NYRA during the 1970s, was hired as president and general manager of the organization in October, 1994. In September, 1995 he was elevated to chairman of the board of trustees, and in December of 1996 was named chairman and chief executive officer. He resigned as board chairman and CEO in October, 2000.
A native of Hamilton, Ohio, Noe held a variety of positions in the racing industry at more than a dozen tracks. In addition to New York, Noe served as racing secretary at a number of major venues in the East and Midwest including Hialeah, Garden State Park, Arlington Park and Washington Park. He also spent 11 years as the president and general manager of Calder Race Course from 1979-90. A past director of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Noe was also a director of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations, the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau, and the Miami Heart Institute.
He is survived by his son Jeff and daughter Holly.
Visitation and Funeral Service Thursday, May 23
A visitation and service will be held Thursday, May 23 for Kenny Noe Jr., at Fred Hunter's Hollywood Memorial Garden Home in Hollywood, Florida.
Mr. Noe, former president and general manager at Calder Race Course and president, CEO and chairman of The New York Racing Association (NYRA), passed away Sunday at the age of 84.
Thursday's visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. at Fred Hunter's Hollywood Memorial Garden Home, 6301 Taft Street Hollywood. A funeral service will also be Thursday at 7 p.m. at Fred Hunter's Hollywood Memorial Garden Home. Tom LaPointe will officiate. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be sent to Thoroughbred After-Care Program Inc. at Gulfstream Park. For further instructions pertaining to donations please contact [email protected] or (954) 658-7156.
Known as “The Chief”, Kenny Noe was known throughout the Thoroughbred industry and held various job positions for over 50 years. He served as racing secretary and steward in New York during the 1970's and held that position at a number of major venues in the East and Midwest, including Hialeah Park, Arlington Park and Washington Park. A past director of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Mr. Noe was also a director of Thoroughbred Racing Associations, the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau, and the Miami Heart Institute.
Mr. Noe's son, Jeffrey, is racing secretary at Gulfstream Park.
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