Hayward: Violette Worked In Best Interests Of All Members Of Racing And Breeding Communities

During his years as a racetrack executive, former New York Racing Association president Charles Hayward often found himself on the opposite side of issues from New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association president Richard Violette Jr.

In a Thoroughbred Racing Commentary tribute to Violette, the New York-based trainer who served as a longtime advocate for horsemen, their employees and the horses they cared for, Hayward called his accomplishments “wide ranging and remarkable.” Violette, 65, died on Sunday after a long battle with cancer.

“And yes, Rick and I had occasional disagreements,” Hayward wrote. “However, once I figured out that Rick was trying to work in the best interests of all members of the Thoroughbred racing and breeding communities, I tried to live up to the very high standards and principles that Rick worked toward. …

“I learned from Rick that the Thoroughbred racing community was one big inter-related family and for the racing industry to function properly all members had to feel that they were being listened to and treated fairly.

“Nobody in my 20-plus years in the racing industry worked harder at improving the fortunes of the racing community than Rick Violette.”

As a final tribute, Hayward asks, “Let us all try to do for others some of those things that we enjoyed with the remarkable Rick Violette.”

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