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Tuesday, May 31, 2011Contact: Eric Wing (914) 434-3529
NTRA Names Stephen Panus VP, Communications; Announces Expansion, Relocation of NTRA Communications

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced today that it has hired Stephen B. Panus as vice president of communications and that NTRA Communications will expand its focus to include broader publicity efforts. The NTRA also plans to relocate the NTRA Communications office from its present base in Westchester County, New York to The Jockey Club offices in midtown Manhattan.

The addition of Panus, and a second media specialist to be hired in the near future, will enable the NTRA to expand its media and public relations efforts with an increased emphasis on mainstream media exposure. This new initiative was made possible through financial support provided by The Jockey Club, who will also support this effort with its significant data and technology capabilities.

“Expanding awareness of our sport and participation in it has been a goal of the NTRA from its inception,” said Alex Waldrop, president and chief executive officer of the NTRA. “One of the best ways to achieve that is to get more stories out there to mainstream audiences. We are immensely grateful to The Jockey Club for its support of this important new initiative that will benefit the entire Thoroughbred industry”

“Stephen brings an impressive mix of experience, enthusiasm and knowledge of sports and entertainment to an NTRA Communications team that is already providing excellent media support to the industry,” Waldrop continued. “Stephen will amplify the NTRA’s efforts by procuring publicity and positive exposure for our sport in a wide variety of outlets. We are thrilled to have him on board.”

“Promotion of our sport is essential for its future success,” said James L. Gagliano, president and chief operating officer of The Jockey Club. “The Jockey Club has funded initiatives like this in the past, and we are proud to do so now.”

Thoroughbred Racing Communications, a national media relations office and predecessor of NTRA Communications that was funded in part by The Jockey Club, was based in The Jockey Club’s New York office throughout its existence (from 1987 through 1998).

Panus, along with Eric Wing, senior director of media relations, and Joan Lawrence, senior manager of communications, will move into The Jockey Club offices on or about May 31, 2011.

Panus, who received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Carolina and a law degree from Loyola University in New Orleans, has served in a variety of sports marketing, public relations and communications capacities.

From 2008 until 2010, he served as general counsel and vice president of business development for Agassi Graf Holdings LLC and the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education in Las Vegas. Prior to that, he represented professional athletes and also spent two years with Joe Goldstein Public Relations Inc. in New York City.

Following relocation to the East Coast, more recently, he has served as a sports and entertainment marketing consultant for Strategisto LLC in Fairfield, Conn.

The new address for NTRA Communications will be: NTRA Communications, 40 E. 52nd Street, 15th floor, New York, NY 10022.