June 7, 2011
Jennifer Hoyt, Media Relations Manager
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OAKLAWN HIRES JAMIE RICHARDSON AS NEW TRACK SUPERINTENDENT
Former Pimlico Trackman Lands Position after Nationwide Search
HOT SPRINGS, AR (Tuesday, June 7, 2011) – After a nationwide search that included input from Oaklawn Park-based horsemen and respected racing officials from across the country, Oaklawn Park has selected Jamie Richardson as its new track superintendent. Richardson, who will assume the year-round position June 20, comes to the Hot Springs track with nearly 25 years of experience, working in similar roles at Pimlico and Laurel racetracks in Maryland.
What began as a summer job after graduating high school for Richardson, became his career. He was promoted to track superintendent at Pimlico in 1989 and remained in that position until Laurel and Pimlico consolidated their track maintenance departments in 2008. In addition to his work in Maryland, he was instrumental in the installation of the dirt and turf courses at Colonial Downs in 1997. He developed his love of horses and horse racing through his father, the late Jimmy Richardson, who bred and trained Thoroughbreds primarily in Maryland. His mother and sister have been longtime employees in the racing offices at Pimlico and Laurel.
“This is a great opportunity,” said Richardson. “Oaklawn takes their racing seriously. They have top notch racing, just look at some of the horses they’ve had there in recent years like Zenyatta. More importantly, the track has a great safety record and I look forward to the challenge of improving that record. Everybody I’ve talked to about Oaklawn, tell me they love it.”
“We are very happy to have a longtime horseman such as Jamie join our team,” said David Longinotti, Assistant General Manager of Racing. “Not only has he been responsible for maintaining the racetrack on one of the sport’s biggest stages – Preakness Stakes Day – but he also knows the challenges that face a track during the winter months and has an excellent record.
“It should also be noted that he will become just the third trackman at Oaklawn in the last 35 years. We are proud of our long history of having a safe, fair racetrack and we look forward to working with Jamie on providing one of the best dirt tracks in the country.”
Richardson has one son, Jamie Jr., who will start college in the fall at Salisbury University in Maryland.
Oaklawn Park resumes live racing January 13, 2012 for a 56-day meet.