from Gulfstream Park
Doug Bredar, a racing official with more than 20 years experience, has been named racing secretary at Gulfstream Park, where the 2009 live meet begins Jan. 3.
Currently racing secretary at Harrah's Louisiana Downs, Bredar has worked at major racetracks from coast to coast. He served as director of racing and racing secretary at Churchill Downs and Ellis Park from 2002-06. Before that, Bredar was assistant racing secretary and stakes coordinator at Hollywood Park, director of racing and racing secretary at Turf Paradise, and racing secretary at Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino.
The first two Breeders’ Cup programs Bredar was involved with came at Gulfstream in 1989 and 1992 while he was a placing judge and stakes coordinator.
“Many highly qualified people were interviewed for this position, and what distinguished Doug, beyond his experience and obvious capabilities, was his enthusiasm for Gulfstream Park,” Gulfstream president and general manager Bill Murphy said. “His contacts span the country, and his enthusiasm is infectious. We anticipate he and his staff will put on a show that will prove to be one of the finest in Gulfstream Park history.”
“I’m very excited to return to Gulfstream Park and South Florida,” Bredar said. “I have great memories of working there for Tommy Trotter, Terry Meyocks, and Bobby Umphrey, and I look forward to working with Bill Murphy and his management team.”
Bredar will continue working at Louisiana Downs meet, which closes Oct. 18, and visit Gulfstream during that period.