TERRY FINLEY ELECTED TO NYTHA BOARD / Thursday, November 17, 2005

Congratulations to West Point Thoroughbreds’ President Terry Finley for being elected to the New York Thoroughbred Hor

Congratulations to West Point Thoroughbreds’ President Terry Finley for being elected to the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA). Also elected to the board were West Point Thoroughbred’s trainers Kiaran McLaughlin and Rick Violette. The NYTHA board is made up of five trainers and five owners.


Terry Finley expressed “It’s a real honor to be elected to the board.  We all respect this game that is humbling and exhilarating. It’s nice to be able to give back to the industry in a time of both change and hope. We will continue to work to improve the situation for all facets of the industry from owner to trainer to back stretch employee. I’m very excited to be working with Kiaran, Rick and the rest of the board as well as newly re-elected president Richard Bomze.”


For over a half a century, the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association has represented the interests of horse owners and trainers at the New York Racing Association tracks. Any owner or trainer who is licensed by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board and has run a horse in the last two years at Aqueduct, Belmont or Saratoga, is a member of the organization. The NYTHA recognizes that its constituency is the life-blood of the racing industry in New York, and focuses its efforts on doing what is best for New York horsemen.

The NYTHA’s three main duties are: providing benevolence to the backstretch community, safeguarding horsemen’s financial interests, and supporting equine research. In its day-to-day operations, the organization addresses major issues which impact horse owners and trainers. These issues include purse levels, race track operations, racing opportunities, and all other conditions important to the future of racing in New York.

The NYTHA works in conjunction with NYRA, the SRWB, the State Legislature and Executive branch, and various academic institutions to accomplish these goals.

Beyond its administrative, responsibilities, the NYTHA places great emphasis on the benevolence program for backstretch employees. This includes a variety of health and counseling programs, recreation, scholarship assistance and numerous other activities, which improve the quality of life on the backstretch, The NYTHA’s benevolence program accounts for the organization’s largest single expenditure.

The NYTHA also earmarks funds for equine research. The organization supports research at Cornell University and elsewhere. The funded studies are concerned with the health, safety and performance of Thoroughbreds.

We are all very proud of Terry, Kiaran and Rick and confident they will do a great job.


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