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Robert N. Elliston has been president and CEO of Turfway Park since June 1999, shortly after the track was purchased by Keeneland Association, Harrah's Entertainment, and GTECH Corporation. Previously, Elliston was vice president of commercial lending for US Bank, N.A., for seven years. He continues a relationship with that institution, serving on its Northern Kentucky Advisory Board of Directors. Additionally, Elliston worked for the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce in Frankfort from 1986 to 1992, serving as vice president of economic and community development and representing the Chamber before the Kentucky General Assembly and the United States Congress. An avid horse racing enthusiast his entire adult life, Elliston currently serves as executive chair of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Board of Directors and is treasurer of the Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) Board. He also serves on the Thoroughbred Racing Association Board and the University of Louisville Equine Program Advisory Board. In 2002, Elliston was named Man of the Year by the Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, and in 2003 he received the Kentucky Harness Horsemen's Presidential Award for distinguished service to the horse industry. Elliston, his wife Sharon, a Northern Kentucky attorney, and their two daughters, Abby and Haley, live in Florence, Kentucky.
- 11/8/2008 - WHY I JOINED THE NTRA SAFETY & INTEGRITY ALLIANCE
The last few weeks have been an important time in the history of Thoroughbred racing, with the announcement in New York of the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance. As both the executive chair of the NTRA and the president of Turfway Park, I often find myself viewing the Alliance from two distinctly different points of view. From the broad perspective of my role with the NTRA, I am exceedingly gratified that so many subsets of our diverse industry were able to put individual issues aside and collaborate for the good of all. These industry groups, which importantly included fans, were not just unified in their approval of the Alliance and their willingness to embrace changes that were, first and foremost, the right thing to do on behalf of our equine and human athletes. They also were instrumental in developing virtually every component and concept contained in the Alliance's 21 pages of reforms. — (click here to read the entire article)
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