Out of the Gate with ... Christine Garrity
Christine Garrity is chief administrative officer and general counsel for The PGA of America, where she leads the association’s legal, governance, government relations, special events, and diversity and inclusion operations. Garrity is recognized as a resource in the sports and entertainment legal areas and serves as a lecturer at Bar Association seminars in the intellectual property field. In addition to business executive duties, Garrity also is an owner of two Thoroughbred racehorses and is an avid breeder and owner of Standardbred racehorses. She has bred, raised and campaigned multiple Standardbred Florida Horse of the Year honorees, two Florida Hall of Fame stallions and received breeder of the year recognition in multiple years.
Name: Christine Garrity
What I do for a living: Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel, PGA of America
How and when I was introduced to Thoroughbred racing: I’ve been a fan since I was a small child
My favorite racetrack: Gulfstream Park
My favorite Thoroughbred racing event: Kentucky Derby
Other sports/teams I follow: Harness racing (breeder and owner), golf, pro and college football, basketball, baseball, all Olympic sports
What I would like to see more of in Thoroughbred racing: More stories about the horses other than just handicap analysis. To bring more new fans to the sport, we need to make new folks aware of some great stories about the horses to feel an emotional connection.
What I would like to see less of in Thoroughbred racing: Career-ending injuries for the horses and jockeys
Three words that define what Thoroughbred racing means to me: Excitement, hope, fun
First Thoroughbred track I ever attended was: Belmont Park
Favorite all-time Thoroughbred: Secretariat
My personal best moment in the sport of Thoroughbred racing: Watching Secretariat win the Belmont in 1973 … if I’m having a bad day, I pull up the video of that race and I’m still awestruck at that amazing performance. I don’t think that I’ve seen an athletic performance in any sport that had a greater impact in the history of sports than that performance.
Best racetrack food can be found at: Gulfstream Park
My favorite jockey: I like a number of them. There are many skilled and great riders from past and present.
My favorite trainer: Billy White is my trainer and I think the world of him.
My heroes: Every member of the U.S. Armed Forces that put their lives on the line for our freedom.
Person in Thoroughbred racing I’d like to have dinner with: Frank Stronach
My philosophy on life: Be a problem solver, not a problem maker.
Favorite quote or motto: “The definition of insanity is repeating the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” - Albert Einstein
Favorite animal other than a horse: Dogs
Favorite non-Thoroughbred racing sports event I have attended: The Ryder Cup
Favorite food: Anything Southern Italian
Favorite vacation spot: The Amalfi Coast in Italy
Favorite city: Rome, Italy
Favorite musician/band: Andrea Bocelli
Favorite all-time movie(s): The Godfather I and II and Seabiscuit
Favorite TV show: "The Sopranos"
Favorite hotel: The Ritz-Carlton in Barcelona, Spain
Websites I visit daily: Wall Street Journal, The Paulick Report
What I drive: Mercedes Benz 350 ML and BMW Z4
Pet peeve: Too much insane violence in the world
Favorite movie about horse racing: Seabiscuit
Which actor would play me in a movie: Demi Moore
Alma Mater: Fairfield University and University of Bridgeport School of Law
Favorite radio shows/channels: The Howard Stern Show
Best book I recently read: All books written by James Patterson
Favorite memento: Custom-made Champagne service set from Murano, Italy
Favorite dessert: Double chocolate cake
Favorite drink: Bold red wine of an exceptional quality
Favorite scent: Lancome Tresor
What I like about my job: Doing exciting things at a very high level every single day
Favorite tech gadget: iPhone 5
Twitter handle: N/A
People I follow on Twitter: I’m more of a “LinkedIn” person
No. 1 Bucket-List item: Visit the Egyptian pyramids when the violence there subsides