Veteran racing executive Leonard (Lenny) Hale has left his post as vice president of racing for the Maryland Jockey Club, which operates Laurel Park and Pimlico Racecourse. According to a statement from MJC, the organization reached an "amicable parting" as of last Saturday, Jan. 20.
A former senior vice president of the New York Racing Association, Hale joined MJC in the winter of 1992. Hale began his career at Calder Race Course and served as assistant racing secretary at Arlington Park before moving to NYRA as racing secretary in 1979. In addition to his duties with MJC, Hale was also racing secretary and director of racing at Virginia's Colonial Downs.
"I will take some time off and explore other possibilities," Hale said. "I certainly wish everyone at the Maryland Jockey Club and Colonial Downs the very best. I am very proud to have been a part of the team that opened Colonial Downs against all odds."
"Lenny has been a great asset during the past eight years, especially in helping to establish racing at Colonial Downs, and I wish him well in his future endeavors," said MJC president and CEO Joe De Francis.