The New York Racing Association announced Friday that John Passero has been named track superintendent at Aqueduct, Belmont Park and Saratoga."We are truly pleased to have John join NYRA," said Charles Hayward, president and CEO of the NYRA. "John is recognized as the best track superintendent in the country. He will be a major contributor to what is, in our opinion, the finest operational staff in the industry. His record and reputation is second to none.""I am flattered and thrilled to join NYRA," said Passero. "New York racing is the best in the country and it's a pleasure to join the NYRA team."Since September, he has been consulting on the rebuilding of the main track at Canada's Fort Erie Racetrack.He is probably best know for his 17-year stint for the Maryland Jockey Club which ended this past summer. He served as a senior vice president for the organization overseeing the track and stable operations at Laurel, Pimlico and Bowie Racetrack and Training Center.From 2000 until he left this past summer he was also responsible for facility management at all three facilities. Prior to joining the Maryland Jockey Club, Passero held the position of track superintendent, racing surfaces at Arlington Park outside Chicago for nine years. He also spent one season as track superintendent for Balmoral Race Track in Crete, Illinois.From 1960 to 1977 he held the position of track superintendent for the Ontario Jockey Club, which operates Woodbine and at the time also ran Greenwood Race Track and Fort Erie Race Track.
Passero will assume his duties in early to mid January. Jerry Porcelli will remain with NYRA and report directly to Passero.