Racetrack veteran Kelly Cathey has been named the director of racing at Remington Park and will oversee the operation for all breeds competing at the Oklahoma City facility. The American Quarter Horse, Paint, and Appaloosa season begins Mar. 9, with the Thoroughbred season set to kick off in late August.
With more than 30 years of experience in racing and a trainer for a father, Cathey has served as a groom, pony person, assistant trainer, valet, and assistant starter before moving into track management in 1998 at Retama Park in Texas. He has also worked for Lone Star Park, Sam Houston Race Park, and Will Rogers Downs. He has been in pari-mutuel wagering and simulcast operations and has worked for the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission as a state steward, advancing to the role of executive director of the commission in 2015. He will leave that post to become the director of racing at Remington Park.
“Remington Park and Global Gaming are excited to have Kelly Cathey join our racing team,” said Matt Vance, executive vice president of racing operations at Remington Park. “Kelly has a resume reflective of more than 30 years in the sport, working as a racing executive and regulator. His extensive experience with both Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses and their respective organizations throughout the region makes him uniquely qualified to lead our racing department at Remington Park.”