Ramon Dominguez, Todd Pletcher, Nick Zito, Charles Hayward and P.J. Campo to participate in National Museum of Racing’s Saratoga Preview
Eclipse Award winners Ramon Dominguez and Todd Pletcher, Hall of Famer Nick Zito and the New York Racing Association’s Charles Hayward and P.J. Campo will participate in the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame’s annual Saratoga Preview panel discussion on Wednesday, July 20 at 7 p.m. in the Museum’s Hall of Fame Gallery. This popular program is free and open to the public.
The Saratoga Preview looks toward the upcoming Saratoga Race Course meet, which opens on Friday, July 22. The panel discussion is driven by questions from the audience. Brien Bouyea, the Museum’s communications officer, will serve as the program’s moderator.
Dominguez, the 2010 Eclipse Award winner for Outstanding Jockey, has led all New York riders in wins each of the past two years and has 4,465 career wins through July 12. A native of Venezuela, Dominguez led the nation in earnings in 2010 with $16,911,880 and was second with 369 wins. His 376 wins in 2009 were the most on the competitive New York circuit in more than 30 years. Dominguez also led the nation in wins in 2001 (433) and 2003 (453).
Pletcher has won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer five times in his illustrious career, including 2010, when he won the Kentucky Derby with Super Saver. He captured his seventh Saratoga training title in 2010 with a record 36 wins at the Spa. A native of Dallas, Texas, Pletcher has won more than 2,850 races in his career and ranks third all time in earnings with more than $204 million.
Zito was inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 2005. He won the Kentucky Derby in 1991 with Strike the Gold and in 1994 with Go for Gin. He has also won the Belmont Stakes in 2004 (Birdstone) and 2008 (Da’ Tara), and the Preakness in 1996 (Louis Quatorze). A native of New York City, Zito was honored with the C.V. Whitney Award by the New York Turf Writers in 1994 and 2000.
Hayward has been NYRA’s president and CEO since November 2004. Prior to his position with NYRA, Hayward enjoyed a distinguished career in the publishing business, including a stint as president and CEO of Daily Racing Form.
Campo, the son of former trainer John Campo, is NYRAs vice president and director of racing. He was named to the top spot in the racing office in 2005, succeeding Mike Lakow as the head of the department.
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