NYRA VP Handel to Participate in Web Chat

Chat to take place Jan. 29; fans may visit NYRA's website to submit a question.

The New York Racing Association’s executive vice president and chief operating officer Hal Handel will participate in a live web chat Jan. 29 at 8:00 p.m. EST.

Handel joined NYRA in September of 2007 and has held executive roles at Philadelphia Park, Monmouth Park, and the Meadowlands. He has previously served as chairman of the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau, President of Thoroughbred Racing Associations, and Trustee of the American Horse Council.

Handel brought a legal background to the racing industry, having been deputy attorney general for the New Jersey's Organized Crime & Special Prosecutions Unit and also the New Jersey Racing Commission.

Fans interested in carrying on a live dialogue with Handel may visit http://www.nyra.com/livechat beginning Jan. 29 at 8 p.m. No pre-registration is necessary, and users may type questions and comments in the chat field at the bottom of the page for Handel to address. At the conclusion of the chat, an “instant replay” is created for future reference.

“The internet has entirely reshaped the way society communicates, and, accordingly, it’s changed the way racing fans communicate,” said NYRA TV analyst Andy Serling in a statement. “NYRA is committed to broadening the conversation about the sport and we hope these Live Chats will offer another opportunity to correspond with our fans.”