By Sue Finley
Bill Nader was named President and CEO of the Thoroughbred Owners of California this past June. He worked as a senior executive at the Hong Kong Jockey Club from 2007 until then, and was formerly the Senior Vice President and COO of the New York Racing Association. He began his career at Rockingham Park in his native Salem, New Hampshire in 1979.
Most exciting race you watched this year that wasn't Flightline?
Jockey Club Mile on Nov. 20 when Golden Sixty ran down California Spangle with a closing quarter in 21.32. I watched it on tv so not sure if it counts.
One positive change you'd like to see in racing in 2023?
Positive communication from those who enjoy the sport. Words matter. If you love it and you know it, then your words should surely show it.
If you could bring back one racetrack from the past, which would it be?
Rockingham Park, my hometown racetrack. Honorable mentions to Arlington and Hialeah.
Who's the best executive in racing right now?
Me. If I say anyone else, I place myself at unnecessary risk.
If you could have dinner with one historical figure, who would it be?
Martin Luther King
Best advice you've ever gotten?
My Mom – “Just be yourself.”
What does racing look like in 10 years?
Japanese horses will be a big part of the picture in major three-year-old Grade I classics on dirt. Sports betting will be available at most racetracks. The popular racetracks will continue to thrive.
Do we need more tracks or fewer tracks?
Favorite horse of all time (and why)?
Spectacular Bid, for what he accomplished after losing out on the Triple Crown. His four-year-old season was incredible.
Best race you've ever seen?
The 1998 Belmont Stakes when Victory Gallop denied Real Quiet a Triple Crown. That was an absolute thriller.
Hardest working person you've ever worked with?
Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, CEO of The Hong Kong Jockey Club and IFHA Chairman
All I want for Christmas is…?
To spend it with my daughter Martina in Solvang, California.
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