Leading Trainer A. Ferris Allen and Tyler Piickelsimer. (Laurie Asseo Photo, TheRacingBiz.com)(TDN) Colonial Downs’ Racing Secretary Tyler Picklesimer has been promoted to the position of director of racing and racing secretary at Turfway Park, it was announced yesterday.

Picklesimer, who had been the assistant racing secretary since 2002, will oversee the holiday and winter/spring meets at the Northern Kentucky oval. He takes over from Rick Leigh, who is semi-retired.

“I have been fortunate to work some of the premier race meets and signature events in racing,” said Picklesimer.  “I have been even luckier to work for excellent racing secretaries who were great teachers of both the sport and the business of horseracing. I am looking forward to building upon those experiences and working with our horsemen and management team to produce a successful meet.”

A 1994 graduate of Northern Kentucky University, Pickelsimer was hired that same year by Turfway as a placing judge. From 1997 to 2000, he worked as the horse identifier at River Downs, and since 1998, he has been a tattoo technician for the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau. Since 2010, he has served on the Horse Identification and Microchip Committee of the North American Racing Secretaries Association.

In 2008, Picklesimer earned the dual position of director of racing and racing secretary for the Thoroughbred meet at Colonial Downs in New Kent, Va., a role he continues. He also serves the Virginia Racing Commission on the Racing Safety and Medications Committee, the Code Revision and Rules Committee, and the Virginia Breeders Fund Advisory Committee.

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