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District 8-A

Alex Dadoyan
Biography
Alex Dadoyan
Alex Dadoyan
Alex Dadoyan, a native of Fort Lee, N.J., graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in economics. He went on to law school at Fordham University in Manhattan where he received his Juris Doctor degree. A lifelong racing fan, Dadoyan took a summer internship at The Meadowlands while still in law school and has remained in the industry ever since. He worked in several different departments at The Meadowlands in his 15 years there, including publicity, television production, simulcasting, off-track wagering and racing operations. After leaving The Meadowlands, Dadoyan spent six years as the executive director for the Standardbred Owners Association of New York, the horsemen's organization representing the participants at Yonkers Raceway. This year, he took a position with MGM Resorts International, the new owner of Yonkers Raceway, as the director of racing.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
810 Yonkers Avenue
Yonkers, NY 10704
Phone: 914-457-2486  [Email]
TERM EXPIRES: 2023 (Track Director)

Mike P Kimelman
Biography
Mike P Kimelman
Mike P Kimelman
For Mike Kimelman, a profession in anything other than harness racing was out of the question. His grandfather, Oscar Kimelman, established the world-renowned Blue Chip Farms in Wallkill, N.Y., and when Mike was in the fifth grade his family moved there, and harness horses became his way of life. So much so, that he opted not to go to college in order to pursue a career with Standardbreds. Out of school, Kimelman worked for top horsemen such as Billy Popfinger, Steve Demas and Billy Herman, and in 1984 he opened a public stable, which was the realization of a life-long dream of becoming a professional trainer-driver. Over the years, with a small stable and a limited amount of starts, he drove winners of nearly 500 races and handled some very nice horses. After childhood friend and schoolmate Tom Grossman purchased Blue Chip Farms in 2001, Kimelman gave up his full-time stable to become president of the farm and served in that capacity through 2014. Kimelman has been involved in all aspects of the Standardbred business for more than three decades, and he has become a force in harness racing, especially in the breeding business in New York. At times he still dons his colors and can get around the racetrack with the best of them. For many years Kimelman has also been a valued member of the board of directors of Goshen Historic Track, where he serves on many committees. He is always on call, and he has been dedicated to the preservation of Goshen Historic Track. He and his wife, Sally, have two children, Oscar and Olivia.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
800 Third Avenue Suite 2300
New York, NY 10022
Phone: 845-895-3930 - Fax: 845-895-2110  [Email]
TERM EXPIRES: 2021 (Membership Director)

Bob Miecuna
Biography
Bob Miecuna
Bob Miecuna
Bob Miecuna is the racing secretary at Yonkers Raceway. He has been involved in the sport since 1974. Miecuna graduated from Boston College with a degree in mathematics and secondary education. Among the prominent horses with which he's been associated are Land Grant, Maxamilion Hanover and Run The Table. He is a member of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, the SOA of New York and the New York Road Runners Club. Miecuna and his wife Denise have two daughters, Michelle (Neil) Murtagh and Christine, and a grandson, Tyler Murtagh.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
810 Yonkers Avenue
Yonkers, NY 10704
Phone: 914-457-2452 - Fax: 914-457-2507  [Email]
TERM EXPIRES: 2021 (Track Director)

Jordan Stratton
Biography
Jordan Stratton
Jordan Stratton
Jordan Stratton is one of the top young catch drivers in the sport of harness racing. He began driving at the age of 18 and four years later became one of the youngest drivers to ever record 1,000 career wins. In 2008 the young reinsman led Monticello Raceway in both wins (362) and purses ($1,203,773). Jordan is the son of longtime horseman David Stratton. He calls his father “the biggest and greatest influence on my life and my career” while crediting Claude Huckabone III and Bruce Aldrich Jr. as trainers that also helped him.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
617 E. Kaisertown Rd.
Montgomery, NY 12549
Phone: 845-701-2914  [Email]
TERM EXPIRES: 2021 (Membership Director)

Joseph A. Faraldo
Biography
Joseph A. Faraldo
Joseph A. Faraldo
Joseph Faraldo is chairman of USTA District 8A and of the Association’s Harness Racing Medication Collaborative. He is a 30-plus-year member of the USTA board and has also been president and chief executive officer of the Standardbred Owners Association of New York since 1980. He started in harness racing in 1966 as an owner. A graduate of St. John’s school of law and a practicing attorney, he has long been an advocate of horsemen’s rights in the courts, and argued the only harness racing case ever heard in the U.S. Supreme Court. Twice honored as SOA “Man of the Year.” He helped the passage of slot legislation in New York which created a renaissance in New York racing. He helped organize and coordinate the first regularly scheduled simulcasting to Europe with the cooperation of Yonkers Raceway and assisted with the return of the Inter-national Trot after a 20-year hiatus. He was the founder and is a director of the North American Amateur Driver’s Association. National Amateur Driver in 1997, he was the U.S. representative to the World Amateur Driver’s Championships in 1998. He is a two-time Billings amateur driving champ. He successfully conducted the World Cup for Amateurs once again in the U.S. in 2008, with the cooperation of track managements at Balmoral, Maywood, Free-hold, Yonkers, Monticello and the Meadowlands. In 1994, he was selected as HHI’s “Man of the Year,” and in 2001 received that organization’s Appreciation Award. He received the 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2011 Excelsior Award, presented by the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association. Was nominated for USHWA’s Proximity Award and received that organization’s 2007 President’s Award. Served as USTA chairman of the board from 2003-2007. Recipient of 2015 USTA President’s Award.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
125-10 Queens Blvd, Suite #12
Kew Gardens, NY 11415
Phone: 718-544-6800 - Fax: 718-544-0033  [Email]
TERM EXPIRES: 2022 (Membership Director)