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Jeff Gregory
Biography
Jeff Gregory
Jeff Gregory
Jeff Gregory is one of the top catch-drivers in the sport of harness racing. The third-generation horseman has been involved in the sport his entire life and has been driving since 1984. The son of Sue and Gary Gregory grew up in Churchville, N.Y., and moved to New Jersey full time in 1999. He currently resides in East Windsor with his wife, Helene. Gregory was raised with a very strong work ethic. He is currently training and driving a stable in New Jersey. He has more than 6,800 wins and $70 million in purses in his career. His biggest victory as a driver came when he piloted Jalopy to the title in the 2005 Hambletonian Oaks. In 2011 he won the Breeders Crown 3-year-old colt trot with Chapter Seven. Gregory is a three-time USTA District 8 Driver of the Year and was the 2002 USHWA Rising Star Award winner.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
1 Rock Run Road
East Windsor, NJ 08520-3048
Phone: 609-306-9872 - Fax: 609-918-1450 [Email]
TERM EXPIRES: 2021 (Membership Director)

Jacquie Ingrassia
Biography
Jacquie Ingrassia
Jacquie Ingrassia
Jacquie Ingrassia has been active in the Standardbred sport for more than 50 years as a driver. Ingrassia has more than 1,100 lifetime victories (only Bea Farber- Erdman has more victories among female drivers) and has more than $6 million in career earnings. She has trained only trotters for the past 25 years since teaming up with the famed Arden Homestead Stable. In 2000, she became the first woman to ever win a Triple Crown event when she guided Goalfish to the winner’s circle in the Yonkers Trot. Ingrassia won the Goldsmith Maid in 2004 with Aeronautess, a Striking Sahbra daughter, owned by Ingrassia and the Arden Homestead Stable. She also combined with Sandi Fisher to become the first woman to complete both ends of a daily double. Among her other top horses over the years are Zitomira, Valeris, Hot Off The Press, Gladhand and Turn The Paige. She is an inductee of the Jersey Shore Sports Hall of Fame. She served for 25 years as a director of the SBOA of New Jersey and is a member of the SPHO of New Jersey and Farm Bureau of New Jersey. She is also very active in placing non-racing Standardbreds. Ingrassia and her husband, Frank, have a son, Steven, a SWAT team officer in Maryland.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
39 Imlaystown-Highstown Rd.
Allentown, NJ 08501
Phone: 609-529-2519 - Fax: 609-259-2984 [Email]
TERM EXPIRES: 2022 (Membership Director)

Peter J. Koch
Biography
Peter J. Koch
Peter J. Koch
Peter Koch has been the director of racing at Meadowlands Racetrack since 2008 and is also the racing secretary at the Delaware County Fair for the Grand Circuit meet. He previously served as the director of racing and race secretary at Freehold Raceway, the assistant racing secretary at the Delaware County Fair, the racing secretary for the 2002 summer meeting at Suburban Downs, and the presiding judge at Freehold Raceway and Meadowlands Racetrack. During the early part of his career, he worked for race secretaries Gaston Valiquette at Buffalo Raceway and Don D’Andrea at Batavia Downs. Koch graduated from the University of Arizona’s Race Track Industry Program with a degree in animal science, and while at Arizona he was the recipient of the Mildred Vessels Memorial scholarship. He is a member of the American Harness Racing Secretaries Association and served as president from 2006 to 2007. He is married to the former Cindy Chapman, the daughter of Hall of Fame driver John Chapman, who operates Chapman’s Staking Service.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
222 Brighton Ave.
Neptune, NJ 07753
Phone: 201-842-5130 - Fax: 732-664-6588  [Email]
TERM EXPIRES: 2021 (Track Director)

Christopher McErlean
Biography
Christopher McErlean
Christopher McErlean
Chris McErlean has been vice president of racing for Penn National Gaming, Inc., since January 2007, over-seeing the company’s pari-mutuel facilities (including USTA members Bangor Raceway, Dayton Raceway, Plainridge Park and The Meadows), and three joint venture properties (including USTA member Freehold Raceway), in addition to four off-track wagering locations and a national account wagering operation. A racing fan since the age of 9, McErlean started in the sport as a public handicapper at the age of 14 for the Delaware County Daily Times and served as an intern in the publicity department at Brandywine Raceway from 1985-1989. He graduated from the University of Scranton in 1989 with a B.S. degree in economics/finance and earned a M.B.A. degree in marketing from Farleigh Dickinson University in 1991. From June 1989 to March 1992, he was the executive assistant at Harness Tracks of America. He joined the Meadowlands in March 1992 as the director of marketing and simulcasting, and during his tenure held the titles of assistant general manager for marketing and simulcasting, associate general manager for marketing and development, vice president and general manager and vice president of racing operations for the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority. McErlean served as president of Harness Tracks of America from 2002-2004. He is a past president of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations and a board member of the Thoroughbred Racing and Protective Bureau and Equibase Management Committee. He and his wife, Michele, have two children, Maura and Cara.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
c/o Hollywood Casino 777 Hollywood Blvd
Grantville, PA 17026
Phone: 717-469-3313 [Email]
TERM EXPIRES: 2020 (Track Director)

John R. Brennan
Biography
John R. Brennan
John R. Brennan
John Brennan is chairman of USTA District 12. A native of Rockaway Beach, N.Y., Brennan finished school in 1968 and worked as a steamfitter for four years before he began his career in harness racing in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Has been training horses for more than 40 years, racing stables in New York and New Jersey. He won the 1995 Merrie Annabelle with Missy Will Do It. Was previously part-owner and trainer of Sugar Trader, winner of the 2003 Yonkers Trot and runner-up in the 2003 Hambletonian. On the board of the SOA of N.Y. for more than 30 years, an HHI delegate for more than 20 years, and a USTA director for 22 years. He is currently the horsemen’s representative at Yonkers Raceway. He has defended—and will continue to defend—the rights of all horsemen.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
1 Liberty St, Apt. F-13
Little Ferry, NJ 07643
Phone: 201-394-7800 [Email]
TERM EXPIRES: 2022 (Membership Director)