Christopher Dragone has been appointed director of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, effective Jan. 1, 2011. He will succeed Joseph E. Aulisi, who is retiring effective Dec. 31.

"The museum has been well served by Joe Aulisi’s leadership during difficult economic times and we are pleased that Christopher Dragone will continue to enhance the museum’s outreach to the Thoroughbred racing community," museum president Stella F. Thayer said in a release.

Dragone, who will begin work at the museum in October, has been general manager of racetracks in Michigan, Oregon and Maryland, and spent 12 years in management at Monmouth Park and the Meadowlands in New Jersey. A graduate of Centre College and Vermont Law School, Dragone also served as executive director of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders.

He operates December Hill Farm, a Thoroughbred breeding and racing farm in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., established by his father, Allan Dragone, former board chairman of the New York Racing Association.

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