Martin Panza, NYRA

Martin Panza is the senior vice president of racing operations for the New York Racing Association.

Previously, Panza served as the vice president of racing and racing secretary at Betfair Hollywood Park in Inglewood, Calif.

While at Hollywood Park, Panza was responsible for all aspects of the daily racing operations. His innovative leadership resulted in the creation of the American Oaks, a prestigious turf race for 3-year-old fillies that received a Grade I ranking in its initial year of eligibility. He also developed a sponsorship for this event with American Airlines, and was able to recruit horses to the race from Europe, Asia and Australia. Panza also created the first guaranteed wager in the United States, a guaranteed Pick 6 for $1 million in 1998. Panza served two terms on the American Graded Stakes Committee, and he presently serves on the Breeders’ Cup Selection Committee, the Dubai World Cup Selection Committee, and the North American Ratings Committee for The Jockey Club.

Prior to working at Hollywood Park, Panza served in a variety of racing positions at other tracks, including Santa Anita Park and the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club.