Mike Lakow has been appointed Vice President of Racing Operations at Gulfstream. He had most recently served as racing secretary for NYRA during the Saratoga and Aqueduct meets. Lakow takes over for Bill Badgett, who has taken a position with the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association.
“I’m thankful to The Stronach Group for offering me the opportunity to return home and join Gulfstream Park, which was my favorite racetrack when I started in the Thoroughbred industry,” Lakow said. “Gulfstream has unlimited potential and has so much to offer for the racing fan and horseman year-round.”
Lakow previously served as President and CEO of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, General Manager at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms, jockey agent for Hall of Fame rider Javier Castellano and worked as a steward in Florida and for the Emirates Racing Authority. He was also racing director at Santa Anita from 2013 to 2014.
“We’re extremely pleased to welcome Mike to The Stronach Group and Gulfstream Park,” said Tim Ritvo, COO of The Stronach Group. “Mike’s expertise in Thoroughbred racing and his credibility with horsemen will make Gulfstream’s year-round product even stronger. We’re very fortunate to have someone of Mike’s caliber running Gulfstream’s racing program.”