“With the death of Rick Violette, Thoroughbred racing has lost a powerful and effective leader who left an indelible mark on many segments of the industry. As the longtime head of both the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) and the Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (THA), Rick was tireless in his commitment not just to horsemen’s issues but also safety and integrity and jockey welfare as well as Thoroughbred retirement and retraining. Rick devoted his entire career to these and other important industry causes while at the same time becoming a very successful trainer on one of the nation’s most competitive circuits. His substantial contributions to the industry cannot be overstated. He will be greatly missed.”

Alex Waldrop,

President and Chief Executive Officer,

National Thoroughbred Racing Association