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Thursday, September 01, 2011Contact: Bob Curran Jr. (212) 521-5326
The Jockey Club Jack Goodman Scholarship
Recipients Announced for 2011-2012

Matthew Benton and Heather Shatz, animal science majors in the University of Arizona’s Race Track Industry Program (RTIP), have been awarded The Jockey Club Jack Goodman Scholarships for the 2011-2012 academic year, it was jointly announced today by Matt Iuliano, executive vice president and executive director of The Jockey Club, and Doug Reed, director of the RTIP.

Benton is a junior from Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and Shatz is a senior from Benson, Ariz. This is the second Goodman Scholarship for Shatz, whose scholarship from last year was renewed for 2011-2012.

“Matthew and Heather have a record of achievement within and outside the classroom and are very deserving of this scholarship,” said Iuliano. “The Jockey Club is proud to support their industry ambitions in the name of Jack Goodman and his numerous contributions to the industry and to the RTIP over the years.”

The Jockey Club Jack Goodman Scholarship was created in 2007 and is awarded annually to RTIP students based on their academic achievement, proposed career path in the Thoroughbred racing industry and previous industry involvement. Goodman is a longtime member of The Jockey Club and is one of the three founders of the RTIP.

“This scholarship has been a wonderful way to pay tribute to Mr. Goodman and all that he has done through the years,” said Reed. “We appreciate The Jockey Club’s ongoing commitment to our mission.”

The Jockey Club, founded in 1894 and dedicated to the improvement of Thoroughbred racing and breeding, is the breed registry for North American Thoroughbreds. In fulfillment of its mission, The Jockey Club provides support and leadership on a wide range of important industry initiatives and it serves the information and technology needs of owners, breeders, media, fans and farms, among others. Additional information is available at

The University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program has placed almost 600 alumni in the racing industry. Alumni currently work in all aspects of the horse racing industry including breed registry executives, racetrack managers, owners and breeders association executive directors, leading trainers, horse sale managers, bloodstock agencies, racing officials and stewards, racing commission executive staff, tote companies, breeding farms and equine publications. Additional information is available at