Governor Andrew Cuomo is now asking Iron Chef Bobby Flay to cook up some new recipes for success to help the New York Racing Association get back on the right track. Flay, who has been in love with horseracing since visiting Saratoga as a teen, is not just a fan of the sport, but also a successful owner. In 2010, his 2-year old filly More Than Real captured the $1 million Juvenile Fillies Turf at the Breeders’ Cup at Churchill Downs. As a result, he was also tapped to give the keynote address at the national Museum of Racing’s 2011 Hall of Fame ceremony. He currently owns a string of a “couple of dozen” racehorses as well.
While, the 48 year old celebrity chef realizes his expertise lies more in the kitchen than around the barn, he feels he has a lot to offer as part of the new 17-member reorganization board appointed to oversee the NYRA, and will serve a 3-year term.
“I feel this is going to be a board of action. This is a game that begins with the horse and ends with the horse. In our last meeting, the biggest topic was horse safety. We’re really concentrating on that more than anything else because that’s one of the most important things we have to contend with,” he exclaimed. “In fact, we have already approved a reduction of the Aqueduct winter/spring meet by six scheduled live racing days in the name of safety.”
In addition, Flay plans to devote much of his service on the board to giving racing fans a better experience at the track by making it a more desirable place to go.”