Najja Thompson

Gallo Reelected NYTB Board President

Thomas J. Gallo, III, founder and managing owner of Dream Maker Racing, Thomas J. Gallo III Sales Agency, LLC and owner of Blue Stone Farm, was reelected President of the Board of Directors of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB) during a meeting Jan. 21. Mallory Mort, manager of Gallagher's Stud, was reelected as Vice President, while Edition Farm owner Vivien Malloy was again elected Secretary/Treasurer. All three NYTB board officers will serve two-year terms concurrent with their two-year tenure on the board. Board directors are: Scott Ahlschwede, D.V.M.,...

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NYTB Appoints Thompson to NYRA, NYTBDF Boards

New York Thoroughbred Breeders has announced Executive Director Najja Thompson will be appointed, as the NYTB's representative, to the New York Racing Association Board of Directors and the New York Breeding and Development Fund Board of Directors, made effective at a Dec. 18 meeting of the Board. Thompson's appointment fills the vacancies created with the resignation of former Executive Director Jeffrey Cannizzo, who will join NYRA on Jan. 1 as Senior Director of Government Affairs. "I feel very fortunate to represent the interests of breeders in New York with this...

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Davis Elected President of Turf Publicists of America

Wendy Davis from the Race Track Industry Program at the University of Arizona has been elected president of the Turf Publicists of America (TPA) for 2021 and 2022, it was announced Tuesday by outgoing President Amy Gregory. At the same time, it was announced that Najja Thompson from the New York Thoroughbred Breeders has been re-elected as a vice president, and because of a tie in the voting both Claire Crawford from the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and Kevin Kerstein from Churchill Downs Racetrack have been elected vice presidents for...

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NYTB Announces New Executive Director

Officials at New York Thoroughbred Breeders Inc. have announced that Najja Thompson will be the organization's new executive director. He will begin in his new role Dec. 14. Thompson brings nine years of experience with the New York Racing Association to his new position, having served in various roles in the marketing and communications offices. Most recently, he worked as a recruitment and employee engagement specialist, where he was responsible for identifying and cultivating new talent and developing onboarding initiatives. Additionally, he serves as Vice-President of the Turf Publicists of...

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