Michael Del Giudice, the New York Racing Association (NYRA)'s Chairman of the Board of Directors, has retired from his post, NYRA announced Wednesday. The board's executive committee has appointed Marc Holiday to serve as interim chair until a full meeting of the NYRA board set for Dec. 16.
Del Giudice joined the NYRA board in 2003 and has served as its Chairman since 2017. He was also Chairman of the NYRA Reorganization Board of Directors from 2015 to 2017.
According to a release from NYRA, “During [Del Giudice's] tenure, NYRA returned to sound financial footing and improved the quality, safety, and integrity of its racing operations. Under the leadership of Mr. Del Giudice, NYRA completed a series of significant capital improvement projects to improve the fan experience and modernize racing, training and backstretch facilities at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course.”
Holliday, a prominent owner/breeder and founder of Blue Devil Racing Stable, joined the NYRA Board in 2014. He has chaired the Equine Safety Committee since 2015. Holliday is also Chairman and CEO of SL Green Realty Corp, New York City's largest owner of office properties.