Jim Gagliano, who resigned May 25 as executive vice president of Maryland racing operations for Magna Entertainment Corp., has been named executive vice president and chief administrative officer for The Jockey Club.Gagliano will be responsible for overseeing all administrative activities for The Jockey Club and its various companies, and will work directly with business unit heads to develop and implement company-specific business plans, according to a June 13 release. He will be actively involved as a representative of The Jockey Club companies in numerous industry initiatives.Gagliano will be based in The Jockey Club's New York office. Like Laura Barillaro, executive vice president and chief financial officer, and Dan Fick, the executive vice president and executive director, Gagliano will report to Jockey Club president Alan Marzelli."We are very fortunate to add Jim to our management team," Marzelli said in a statement. "He brings a wealth of experience in the Thoroughbred industry and he not only understands but firmly believes in the industry-service mission of The Jockey Club and its family of companies."Gagliano joined MEC in 2002 as president of off-track wagering operations and group vice president of MEC Northern Group, which includes racetracks in Michigan, Oregon, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Before that, Gagliano spent four years with Greenwood Racing as executive vice president and general manager of Philadelphia Park. He also served 10 years with the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority in a variety of senior management positions, including general manager of administration and operations for Meadowlands and Monmouth Park.Gagliano, a graduate of Providence College, resides in Essex Fells, N.J.
The Jockey Club has weighed in publicly on the topic of account wagering economics, urging the pari-mutuel industry to urgently work together to devise a model that benefits horsemen, racetracks, and patrons.