Allen Gutterman (National Horseracing Advisory Council)
In a misspent youth, while attending Brooklyn College at night, Allen Gutterman sharpened skates in Central Park and was one of the last remaining English speaking cab drivers in New York City. Unhappy with school and his budding career on the streets of New York, he wrote letters to management at hockey teams, baseball teams and racetracks - his three favorite sports - seeking an internship. Tiny Monticello Raceway in upstate New York bit. They couldn’t pay Allen, but could give him a place to live and food to eat. He jumped at it. That part-time summer job began a journey that has spanned over 40 years at racetracks across the United States.
After Monticello, Allen worked the next three years at Yonkers Raceway, and then spent 15 glorious years at the brand new Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey. The Meadowlands provided Allen’s introduction to thoroughbred racing and, in 1991, he was recruited to be Senior Vice-President for marketing at NYRA’s Saratoga, Belmont and Aqueduct meets, the premier product in American racing. In 1995 and 1996, he directed the marketing for Arlington Park and helped with Sam Houston’s emergence from bankruptcy.
Allen has been blessed to manage marketing for the Belmont Stakes, the Travers, the Wood Memorial, the Santa Anita Derby, the Big Cap at Santa Anita, the Hollywood Gold Cup, the American Oaks, the Beverly D and the Arlington Million. At NYRA, he bundled stakes for the very first Breeders’ Cup Preview Days including the Woodward and Jockey Club Gold Cup and worked closely with the Breeders’ Cup staff on multiple events held on BC days at Santa Anita. Allen was also part of the team that brought harness racing’s premier event, the Hambletonian, from DuQuoin, Illinois to the Meadowlands and metropolitan NYC. Consulting, Allen worked closely with the Breeders’ Cup to introduce a new social event at Santa Anita in 2012 and he returned to NYRA in 2014 to help market the Belmont Stakes and the Saratoga meet.
Away from racing, Allen fostered a partnership between the Alzheimer’s Association and the American Contract Bridge League and co-created Playbill Travel for Playbill Magazine, planning and hosting theater trips to London from New York. Allen is on the Advisory Board and the communications committee of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance. He is also a member of the HSUS Thoroughbred Advisory Board and a past member of the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission Advisory Board. Allen is honored to be here today with his friends from LARC and The Jockey Club.