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NYRA President Among Ebony's Power 100

Ellen McClain, President and Chief Operating Officer of The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA), is among Ebony Magazine's Power 100 of 2012.

 

Featured in the December 2012-January 2013 issue of Ebony Magazine, McClain is part of an influential group with backgrounds in politics, business and entertainment including the First Couple, Barack and Michelle Obama, NBA superstar LeBron James and media moguls Beyonce and Jay-Z. 

 

In May 2012, McClain became the first African-American and first woman to hold the position of President and COO at NYRA, America’s premiere thoroughbred horseracing association. Ebony’s list is made up of “the 100 primary influencers and game changers who have made vital accomplishments during the past year,” and highlights McClain’s 20-year career in media finance and operations.

 

As one of the highest ranking female executives in sports, McClain successfully manages New York State’s three major racetracks: Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course. NYRA tracks are the cornerstone of the state’s thoroughbred business, which contributes more than $2 billion annually to New York State’s urban, suburban and rural economy.

 

“To be among such a prestigious group is an honor,” said McClain. “By highlighting the accomplishments of people from diverse backgrounds, Ebony is exposing its readers to new and different arenas such as thoroughbred racing.”

 

Ebony magazine boasts more than a million subscribers and its annual list highlights the contributions of the most influential African Americans. The list of honorees was revealed at the Ebony Power 100 Gala at Lincoln Center on November 2nd in New York City where the magazine made a donation to the Red Cross in honor of the Power 100. The issue hit newsstands on November 5.

 

 

 

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That last part should read Megna felt that her appointment sent a bad message as she was on the board During the wagering scandals that engulfed NYRA board and set up the State taking control of the Board. At the very least it should be noted that her appointment was controversial and many people felt it did not help the image of horse racing.
When McClain was named to replace Hayward after the take out scandals, there was a huge uproar over the decision to appoint her. Since as COO of the Nyra her role in the take out scandal was never fully explained as she would have had jurisdiction over the issues. When she was appointed acting head of the NYRA, Megna who is now on the board was very critical of her appointment and as the head of oversight on wagering in the state, he felt it was a poor choice and sent a bad message on the scandals that allowed that engulfed the NYRA is that few years.
Bravo, Ms. McClain. She is a smart classy women. Congrats.

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