Terry Meyocks, former president and chief operating officer of the New York Racing Association, has taken the position of special assistant to the commissioner with the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.
In his new role Meyocks will advise and assist NTRA commissioner Tim Smith and Breeders' Cup president D.G. Van Clief Jr. on a variety of subjects, including industry communications, horsemen's relations, and television scheduling.
"We are fortunate to gain the expertise and vast experience of Terry Meyocks at a time when so many promising opportunities and complex issues exist for both the industry and the NTRA," said NTRA commissioner Tim Smith. "His credibility and commitment to the game are well-recognized, not only by his racetrack peers, but by horsemen, breeders, jockeys and all segments of the industry."
Said Meyocks: "In the five years since its launch, the NTRA has emerged as the key leadership organization in our sport on so many issues of importance. I am looking forward to working with the NTRA and all of racing's stakeholders as we work to build a strong future for the industry."
Meyocks resigned as NYRA president last year in the wake of a federal and state probe that brought NYRA an indictment, deferred prosecution, and a $3-million fine.
During his 30-year career in racing, Meyocks served as co-vice president of Thoroughbred Racing Associations (TRA) and has served on numerous industry boards, including those of the NTRA, Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau (TRPB), Equibase, and others.
Meyocks will continue to serve on the TRPB board as a representative of the NTRA. He served as chairman of the Backstretch Employees Assistance Team, was a past president of the Miami Touchdown Club and received the New York Press Photographers "Good Guy" Award in 2002.