Turfway president named Breeders' Cup COO

Robert Elliston, President and CEO of Turfway Park since 1999, has been named chief operating officer of Breeders' Cup Ltd.

Elliston, 48, of Florence, had spent the past 13 years as head of Turfway Park. During his time there, Turfway became the first track in North America to install a synthetic racing surface.

Elliston, a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, replaces Matthew Lutz, who left the company for another position near the end of 2011.

Elliston is executive chair of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Board of Directors and is treasurer of the Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) Board. He also serves on the Thoroughbred Racing Association Board and the University of Louisville Equine Program Advisory Board. In 2002, Elliston was named Man of the Year by the Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, and in 2003 he received the Kentucky Harness Horsemen's Presidential Award for distinguished service to the horse industry.