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Kim L. Crawford
Biography
Kim L. Crawford
Kim L. Crawford
Kim Crawford grew up in a family rich in the tradition of harness racing and has been driving Standardbreds since he was 14 years old. In that time, Crawford has racked up more than 4,600 wins and $15 million in earnings. Drove his first pari-mutuel race at Saratoga in 1971, a year before graduating from high school. He raced on the New England circuit before settling at Saratoga in 1976, receiving the Johnny Page Award for best young driver the very next year. Crawford has been Saratoga’s Horseman of the Year five times (1982, 1985, 1989, 1990, and 1991). His wife, Judy, is active in the sport as a trainer and was Saratoga’s Horsewoman of the Year in 1991. Crawford currently trains a stable of horses. He also catch-drives each night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. He and his wife have three children: sons Brett and Cole, and daughter Rachel.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
181 Gronczniak Rd.
Stillwater, NY 12170-1709
Phone: 518-587-0441 (home)  [Email]
TERM EXPIRES: 2022 (Membership Director)

Mark Ford
Biography
Mark Ford
Mark Ford
Mark Ford, a native of Lewisburg, W.Va., is a first-generation horseman who cut his racing teeth with such horsemen as Clint Galbraith and Ted Wing. Ford is the youngest trainer in history to reach milestones of $10 million, $20 million, $30 million, $40 million, $50 million and $60 million in career earnings. He is also the only trainer to have won a pair of million-dollar races before his 30th birthday. He trained 2000 Horse of the Year Gallo Blue Chip along with millionaires Whosurboy, Turnpike Token, Armbro Animate, Stonebridge Kisses and Self Professed, top performer On The Attack and double-gaited world champion Six Day War. Ford has won training titles at both Meadowlands Racetrack and Yonkers Raceway. He races one of the largest stables in North America and is continually one of the top competitors at Yonkers Raceway, Meadowlands Racetrack, The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and the Woodbine Entertainment Group for some of the sport’s top owners. In 2015, he became president of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey. In 2008, he opened a premier horse training facility in the prime New York area with easy access to some of the best racing in North America.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
125 Stony Ford Road
Campbell Hall, NY 10916
Phone: 845-692-8111 - Fax: 845-692-8113  [Email]
TERM EXPIRES: 2021 (Membership Director)

John Matarazzo
Biography
John Matarazzo
John Matarazzo
John Matarazzo’s career in the racing industry started when he took a summer job at Saratoga Harness Track in 1978 working as mutuel clerk for OTB. Soon after that he moved into a management role for OTB, spearheading its expansion from a one-branch, one-county operation to a 55-branch, 16-county operation in Upstate New York. While at OTB he also directed the company’s marketing efforts and new business development. Included in his accomplishments was the development of the first Teletheater in New York, a full-service entertainment complex de-signed to expand racing’s customer base. The Teletheater featured racing, live entertainment, a bowling al-ley, indoor golf, arcade games, and the television broadcasts of college and professional sports. He returned to Saratoga Casino Hotel, this time as an employee of the track, first opening the Casino Gaming floor in 2004 and eventually pursuing his first love of racing, taking over as the Director of Racing Operations, a job he still holds today. Rich in history, Saratoga is in its 77th year of harness racing and currently runs programs from March through December. Along with overseeing Saratoga’s expansion of its simulcast signal into wagering outlets throughout North America and Europe, Matarazzo wrote and implemented the business plan for SaratogaBets, the company’s extremely successful interactive wagering platform. This platform became the model used for Yonkers and Batavia racetracks’ internet platforms who both partner with Saratoga today. Matarazzo is a current member of the New York Gaming Association’s Harness Committee and a former member of the HTA’s Executive and Finance committees. He lives with his wife Evelyn in Greenville, N.Y. He has one child, Carly, who is a school teacher in Boston, Mass. His pastimes include golf and music.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
342 Jefferson Street
Saratoga, NY 12866
Phone: (518) 581-5748  [Email]
TERM EXPIRES: 2023 (Track Director)

Ray Schnittker
Biography
Ray Schnittker
Ray Schnittker
The name Ray Schnittker and the words “New York Sire Stakes” have become synonymous in recent years; the Buffalo, N.Y., native, who now bases his expansive stable at Goshen Historic Track, has produced countless winners in the rich state-bred series. Since his career began in 1977, he has won more than 2,700 races and has driven the winners of more than $41 million. But Schnittker has also won on a wider stage, with regularity; he has won the Dexter Cup four times and has appeared among the top 10 in the Grand Circuit driver standings. Schnittker’s star, Deweycheatumnhowe, was 2007’s 2-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year and 2008’s Trotter of the Year in the Dan Patch Awards balloting. Also trained/owns One More Laugh (2010 Meadowlands Pace winner), world champion Check Me Out, 2011’s 2-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year and 2012’s 3-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year, and Huntsville, 2016’s 2-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
321 Hill Road
Middletown, NY 10941
Phone: 914-456-3275  [Email]
TERM EXPIRES: 2022 (Membership Director)

Mike Torcello
Biography
Mike Torcello
Mike Torcello
Mike Torcello, a Western New York Harness Horsemen's Association board member, boasts a long involvement in the sport. He was first exposed to harness racing through his uncle, Ralph Torcello, who owned Standardbreds in western New York. Currently the owner of 15 horses and a USTA member since 1979, Torcello was a trainer from 1982 through 1998 before deciding to attend law school at SUNY-Buffalo. Since graduating, Torcello has worked as an attorney at Doran & Murphy, PLLC in Buffalo, where he specializes in representing railroad workers. He is a married father of two college-aged children. His wife is an elementary school teacher in the Orchard Park, N.Y., district. She taught third grade for years and is now a math intervention specialist. His son is attending Harvard Law School while his daughter is an undergraduate at SUNY-Geneseo. Torcello's cousin, also named Mike Torcello, is the track superintendent at Harrah’s Philadelphia.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
4775 Pineview Drive
Hamburg, NY 14075
Phone: 716-228-5420  [Email]
TERM EXPIRES: 2021 (Membership Director)

Scott Warren
Biography
Scott Warren
Scott Warren
Scott Warren is the director of racing/racing secretary at The Meadowlands and Vernon Downs. He attended Delaware Technical and Community College, leaving in 1995 to go to Rosecroft Raceway, and has been involved in the sport ever since. He is a member of the U.S. Harness Writers Association and the American Harness Racing Secretaries.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
2438 Flatiron Road
Harrington, DE 19952-3903
Phone: 302-222-1222  [Email]
TERM EXPIRES: 2023 (Track Director)

Todd Haight
Biography
Todd Haight
Todd Haight
Todd Haight is the director and general manager of live racing at Batavia Downs Racetrack. His first year attending Batavia was in 1973 as a fan. In the late 1980s, he assisted the Samberg family, previous owners of the track, on various handicapping functions. In 1998, he started at Western OTB, the owner of Batavia Downs, and became the director and general manager of racing in 2011. One of Haight’s greatest achievements is working in conjunction with local charities to raise thousands of dollars by conducting special fundraisers at his racetrack. He is also proud of the work put forth by Batavia in hosting the prestigious New York Night of Champions in 2019.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
8315 Park Road
Batavia, NY 14020
Phone: 585-343-3750 ext. 6322  [Email]
TERM EXPIRES: 2023 (Track Director)