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Thursday, February 06, 2003Contact: Bob Curran Jr. (212) 521-5326
The Jockey Club Names Dan Fick Executive Vice President & Executive Director

Dan Fick, the executive director of racing for the American Quarter Horse Association since 1985, has been named executive vice president and executive director of The Jockey Club, it was announced today by Alan Marzelli, the president of The Jockey Club.

In his new position, Fick will oversee all matters concerning The American Stud Book and will represent The Jockey Club as it interacts with industry organizations both domestically and abroad.

Fick will be based in The Jockey Club's office in Lexington, Ky. and will report to the president of The Jockey Club. He is tentatively scheduled to start the new job in late March.

"We're very excited to add someone with Dan's background and experience to our team here at The Jockey Club," Marzelli said. "He knows how this industry works, he knows many of the people in it and we're confident that his appointment will complement the talents and abilities of our existing management and staff."

During his tenure at the AQHA, Fick was responsible for marketing and promoting racing opportunities and events for American Quarter Horses.

He also served on numerous industry committees, including the American Horse Council's Racing Advisory Committee, the NTRA Thoroughbred Industry Council, the Racing Medication and Drug Testing Consortium, the advisory council of the Race Track Industry Program at the University of Arizona and the Racetrack Chaplaincy of America board of directors, among others.

Fick, an alumnus of the University of Arizona's Race Track Industry Program, was the assistant director of racing at the AQHA from 1980-1983 and then served stints with the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission and the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering before returning to the AQHA in 1985.