NYRA CEO and President Chris Kay speaks to the crowd at the Travers draw in 2015 at the Druthers Brewery in Saratoga Springs. Kay has resigned effective immediately and no reason was given by NYRA.

NEW YORK — The New York Racing Association Board of Directors announced Wednesday it had accepted the resignation of CEO and President Chris Kay, effective immediately. No reason was given for the decision, though published reports say it was at the board's request.

David O'Rourke, NYRA's senior vice president and chief revenue officer, has been named interim CEO.

Kay was named CEO and president in 2013 after former CEO and president Charlie Heyward was fired. During Kay's time he emphasized improving fans' experiences, made many physical changes to Saratoga Race Course and also helped lead NYRA out of state control and back to private operation. Though he was a horse racing novice when he arrived, he helped NYRA show a profit from racing all five of his years on the job.

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