Bork To Leave Gulfstream After Current Meet
Gulfstream Park announced today that Dan Bork, who has served as racing secretary the past four years, will leave at the conclusion of the meet to be closer to his two children in Kentucky.
"This decision was purely my own and based on the fact that being racing secretary year-round at Gulfstream would not allow me to spend the kind of time I want to with my two children," Bork said. "It was a difficult decision, but, obviously, my children and spending time with them will always come first.
"I am forever in debt to Mr. Frank Stronach, Mike Rogers, Tim Ritvo and our staff for their help and encouragement. It's been a wonderful experience working with all of them. And I want to thank the horsemen for all their support and the help they've provided me and Gulfstream over these past four years."
Said Gulfstream President and The Stronach Group's Chief Operating Officer Tim Ritvo: "I can't overemphasize how sad we are that Dan will be leaving Gulfstream. He has helped Gulfstream grow every year he's been racing secretary and his reputation is impeccable with horsemen throughout the world. But we understand that family comes first. If an opportunity presents itself to have Dan return to Gulfstream and The Stronach Group, we would not hesitate to welcome him back."
Ritvo announced that Jeffrey A. Noe would replace Bork. Noe, who has served the past three years as assistant racing secretary at Calder, has a 30-year history in Thoroughbred racing. He served as assistant racing secretary to Terry Meyocks at Calder during parts of the 1980s and 1990s before becoming a steward at Calder.
"Jeff's history in Florida racing made him a logical choice," Ritvo said. "We look forward to having Jeff as part of our team."
"I'm honored to be part of The Stronach Group and Gulfstream Park," Noe said. "I look forward to working with the owners and horsemen in continuing to build Thoroughbred racing throughout the year in Florida."