Lakow re­turns to NYRA in fa­mil­iar role

Albany Times Union - - SCOREBOARD - By Tim Wilkin

Mike Lakow, who was the rac­ing sec­re­tary at the New York Rac­ing As­so­ci­a­tion from 1995-2005, is re­turn­ing to NYRA. The 61-year-old Lakow will be the rac­ing sec­re­tary at Aqueduct and Saratoga.

He will be­gin his du­ties at the 40-day race meet at Saratoga Race Course, which starts a week from Fri­day. At this meet, he will be the as­so­ciate rac­ing sec­re­tary. Martin Panza, the se­nior di­rec­tor of rac­ing op­er­a­tions for NYRA, will write the con­di­tion books for Saratoga this sum­mer.

Ear­lier this year, NYRA an­nounced that Pat Pope, who was the rac­ing sec­re­tary at Oak­lawn Park, would work in the same po­si­tion at the Bel­mont meets.

“To be able to re­turn to NYRA at this stage of my ca­reer is a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity,” Lakow said. “I am look­ing for­ward to once again work­ing with the tal­ented horse­men and ex­cep­tional em­ploy­ees at NYRA.”

In July of 2015, Lakow was fired by then NYRA pres­i­dent Charles Hay­ward along with chief ex­am­in­ing vet­eri­nar­ian Ce­leste Kunz and Ralph Chet­cuti, vice pres­i­dent of hu­man re­sources and la­bor re­la­tions. At the time, Hay­ward did not give any rea­sons for the dis­missals.

Af­ter leav­ing NYRA, Lakow re­mained in the in­dus­try, and was most re­cently the jockey agent for Hall of Fame rider Javier Castel­lano. They parted ways in May af­ter work­ing to­gether for 20 months. Lakow has also worked as a stew­ard at Calder Race Course in Florida, rac­ing di­rec­tor at Santa Anita, pres­i­dent of the Thor­ough­bred Re­tire­ment Foun­da­tion and gen­eral man­ager at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm in Lex­ing­ton, Ky.

A rac­ing sec­re­tary puts to­gether a track’s rac­ing pro­grams and de­cides which races will be run on which day. The job also in­cludes re­cruit­ing train­ers to en­ter horses in the track’s races.

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