|Lone Star's Johnsen Elected President
of Thoroughbred Racing Associations; SHRP's Bork Re-Elected Secretary
Lone Star Park at Grand
Prairie President Corey Johnsen was elected the 32nd President of the
Thoroughbred Racing Associations (TRA) at its annual Board of Directors'
meeting Thursday in Indian Wells, California.
Johnsen, also the President of Remington Park in Oklahoma City, will
succeed Joe Harper, the President of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club who
concluded a two-year term.
The TRA, formed in 1942, is a trade organization comprised of 43 North
American racetracks and associations whose races generate more than 75
percent of the $15.1 billion wagered on North American Thoroughbred racing.
Over the years, the association has played a leading role in the establishment
of many programs beneficial to the horse racing industry, including the
formation of the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau in 1946 and the
Eclipse Awards in 1972.
The naming of Johnsen as TRA President comes just four months after Lone
Star Park had record-breaking success as host of the 21st Breeders' Cup
World Thoroughbred Championships, horse racing's foremost international
Johnsen has more than 25 years experience as a seasoned racetrack manager
and marketer, whose career has been highlighted by the successful openings
of two modern racetracks: Remington Park in 1988 and Lone Star Park in
1997. Both are now owned by Magna Entertainment Corp. (MEC).
Johnsen's work to design and build Lone Star Park, as well as plot the
course for a profitable horse racing industry in the state of Texas, began
in 1994. Under his guidance, Lone Star Park has grown into a major player
on the world's racing stage.
Before joining Lone Star Park, Johnsen played a pivotal role in the development,
construction, and opening of Remington Park, becoming its general manager
in 1992. He also has worked at Arlington Park, Turf Paradise and Louisiana
Downs, where his 30-minute production, "Ride Like The Wind,"
garnered Eclipse Award honors for best local television production in
The TRA Board of Directors also elected C. Kenneth Dunn, president of
Calder Race Course, and David S. Willmot, chairman and chief executive
officer of Woodbine Entertainment Group, as vice presidents.
Dunn has served as the president or general manager of major racetracks
across the country since 1976, when he was named vice president and general
manager of Atlantic City Race Course. Dunn, who was also general manager
for Fair Grounds in New Orleans and president of the new Arlington International
Race Course, has worked at Calder since 1990.
In 1984, Willmot became a Board member of the Ontario Jockey Club, predecessor
of the Woodbine Entertainment Group, and its CEO in 1995. He serves on
the board of several industry organizations, including the Breeders' Cup,
and is a steward of The Jockey Club of Canada. He also is a former president
of the Harness Tracks of America, 2000-02.
The Board also re-elected Sam Houston Race Park's Robert L. Bork as secretary,
William I. Fasy as treasurer, and Christopher N. Scherf as executive vice
Bork has more than 30 years background in racetrack management and is
currently Sam Houston Race Park's president and general manager. Fasy
is the chief operating officer of Delaware Park and Ocean Downs and has
more than 20 years experience in the hospitality and entertainment business.
Scherf has been the TRA executive vice president since 1988.