Shannon Bishop Arvin named NTRA chair
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) yesterday hosted its fourth quarter board meeting for its fiscal year 2022 and the first under the leadership of the NTRA’s new President and CEO, Tom Rooney. Highlights of the meeting included:
- Maryland Million draws 281 pre-entriesA bevy of defending champions and local stars headline the pre-entries for Jim McKay Maryland Million, which will take place at Laurel Park on Oct. 14.
- Shannon Bishop Arvin, currently President and CEO of Keeneland Association, was elected chair of the NTRA. Arvin becomes the first female chair in the 23-year history of the NTRA.
- The Board approved the organization’s Fiscal Year 2023 budget, which begins on April 1, 2022 and concludes March 31, 2023.
- Rooney, a former U.S. Congressman from Florida, informed the Board that Tampa Bay Downs and Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort have agreed to become members of the NTRA. He also said the NTRA has identified an office location in Washington, DC, on Capitol Hill that he hopes will be fully operational by the summer 2022.
- The Board also received updates on various NTRA programs and initiatives, including the Advantage sales program, the Legislative Action Campion, the National Horseplayers Championship (NHC) and Tour, the Eclipse Awards, and the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance.
NTRA’s next board meeting will be held in June 2022.