Denali Stud's Alexis Kolasa Named Finalist for Newcomer Award


Alexis Kolasa | Courtesy of TIEA

Congratulations to Alexis Kolasa, one of three finalists in the Newcomer Award category of the Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards (TIEA), presented by Godolphin. Currently an administrative assistant at Denali Stud, Kolasa was the captain of her college equestrian team at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. At Denali, she works on billing, gives tours via Horse Country, posts on social media, and tracks racing and sales graduates.

“We kind of call her our Swiss Army Knife; she has lots of different skills and assets rolled into one,” said Denali vice president Conrad Bandoroff.

Click for the video feature on Kolasa done by TIEA.

Other finalists for the Newcomer Award are Robert Cole of FTBOA and Aaron West of Bradley Thoroughbreds LLC, who will be recognized on these pages tomorrow. The Newcomer Award is presented annually to an individual who has been in racing or breeding for under five years and has shown ambition to continue a career in some facet of the Thoroughbred industry while also improving his or her skills and knowledge.

A total of seven award categories will be honored by TIEA for 2020. Maria Cristina Silva of New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association (NYTHA) has already been announced as the winner of the Community Award, while the winners in the other categories will be announced live in a virtual ceremony hosted by Jill Byrne and streamed at the TDN homepage Thursday, Nov. 5, at 12:00 p.m. ET. All finalists will be spotlighted in TDN in the days leading up to the ceremony.

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