“It’s really, really cool to see all of this hard work come together,” said Aidan Butler, who will be jetting to Gulfstream Park tomorrow morning to oversee racing operations there. “It looks terrific and this new chute really solidifies our turf offerings here at Santa Anita. It was designed to stand the test of time and here’s hoping it’s here for many years to come.”
"I look forward to working with Craig and the 1/ST Racing teams in Florida and Maryland to synchronize our racing programs and to establishing the 1/ST Content division as the future of content platforms for our sport," said Butler. "While I focus on the East Coast racing operations, I will continue to assist with matters in California and to work closely with horsemen in the state."
Racing will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday with only essential personnel on hand. Nine races are scheduled Friday. "This has been a difficult time for all," said Aidan Butler, executive director of California racing for track owner The Stronach Group. "Now we are focused on getting back to work in a safe and secure manner."
Aidan Butler, 42, is the new acting executive director of California racing for the Stronach Group, which owns and operates Santa Anita Park. The thoroughbred race track is set to open its fall meeting on Friday, a schedule which will conclude with the Breeders’ Cup, Nov. 1-2.
The Stronach Group today announced that Chief Strategy Officer Aidan Butler - a longtime technology, horseracing and gaming executive who spearheaded reforms at Santa Anita Park during its Winter meet - will additionally serve as Acting Executive Director of California Racing Operations. "Aidan has played a critical role as we have advocated for changes that redefine our sport for the better," said Belinda Stronach, Chairman and President of The Stronach Group.