The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) Board of Directors announced the unanimous appointment of David O’Rourke as NYRA CEO and President. O’Rourke, who has been serving as Interim NYRA CEO since January 23, will assume the role effective immediately.
O’Rourke, first joined NYRA as Director of Financial Planning in 2008 before becoming Vice President for Corporate Development in 2010. In 2013, he was appointed Chief Revenue Officer and Senior Vice President. In that role, O’Rourke was responsible for NYRA’s business development strategies across a range of disciplines including industry relations, simulcast markets and contracts, television strategy, advance deposit wagering (ADW) operations, and capital projects.
The Saratoga season will be starting earlier than usual this year, opening day will be July 11. There will still be 40 days of racing but dark days will be Monday and Tuesday.