It is with great sadness that the University of Arizona's Race Track Industry Program announced the passing of Associate Coordinator Liz Bracken. Since 2013, RTIP students’ academic careers have boosted thanks to her knowledge, expertise and mentorship.
Bracken's classes created the administrative foundation for students in racing management, wagering and the racing office. She has been the faculty member carrying the torch of the classic project undertaken by all RTIP students “since the beginning” – the matrix project, the completion of which is a true rite of passage.
Outside the classroom, Bracken was an incredible mentor thanks to her vast knowledge of the industry and her contacts, garnered through 16 years at the New York Racing Association, culminating as vice president of simulcasting, and previous years at various tracks across the U.S. as an assistant racing secretary, stakes coordinator and placing judge. Bracken's depth of knowledge helped guide students to just the right opportunities to fulfill their career goals.
Services for Bracken, who was 52, are scheduled for Wednesday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Hope Hospice & Palliative Care, at 1085 North Main Street, Providence, RI, 02904 are appreciated.