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Mackey To Take Over As Racing Secretary At Golden Gate Fields
ALBANY -- Patrick Mackey, who served as assistant racing secretary for the New York Racing Association from 2010-2012 after holding the same position at Arlington Park and Gulfstream Park, will take over as racing secretary at Golden Gate Fields beginning in mid-May.
Mackey will replace David Jerkens, who earlier this year accepted the racing secretary position at Del Mar. Jerkens has continued to work at Golden Gate Fields and aided in the search for a new racing secretary. Mackey will arrive at Golden Gate Fields on March 27 and have the opportunity to work with Jerkens for six weeks before Jerkens departs for Southern California.
Like Jerkens, Mackey comes from a racing family. His late father, Michael, served as general manager at several tracks, including Thistledown, Hialeah Park, Tampa Bay Downs and Detroit Race Course. His late grandfather, Oscar Mackey, was a steward, starter and trainer.
Patrick Mackey, 36, began his career in racing in 1998, working as a racing official at Hialeah Park, Atlantic City Race Course, Great Barrington Fair and Northampton Fair. He would go on to serve as assistant racing secretary at five tracks -- Great Lake Downs (1999), Fair Meadows (2000), Gulfstream Park (2007-2009), Hawthorne Race Course (2009-2010) and Arlington Park (2009-2010) -- before taking the position with NYRA.
“We are very happy to introduce Patrick Mackey as the new racing secretary at Golden Gate Fields,” said Tom Ludt, Senior Vice President of Racing and Gaming for The Stronach Group. “Patrick’s in-depth knowledge, experience and passion for the industry will prove extremely beneficial to Golden Gate going forward.”
“I’m very excited and thrilled about the opportunity,” said Mackey. “I’ve always wanted to be a racing secretary and have been looking for the right fit. This is the right fit, and I thank The Stronach Group for giving me this chance.”