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Kelly, Rogers join National Museum of Racing’s Board of Trustees

Jon S. Kelly and Mike Rogers have been named to the Board of Trustees of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. The appointments were announced by Gretchen Jackson, President of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.


A member of The Jockey Club, Kelly is a former television executive whose family established and owned KCRA-TV in Sacramento, Calif. He currently serves as a director for the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. Kelly has been involved in several television and radio properties, as well as having banking and real estate interests on the West Coast.


In his youth, Kelly developed a passion for thoroughbred racing and has been highly active in the sport as an owner and breeder since the late 1990s. He purchased Tres Palomas Farm in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., in 1998, and currently owns about 50 horses, including 15 mares. Kelly campaigned Borrego, winner of the Pacific Classic and Jockey Club Gold Cup in 2005, as well as Vacare, winner of the Palomar Handicap. Other graded stakes winners owned by Kelly include Lady At Peace, Meridiana and Sporting Art.


Rogers is President of The Stronach Group’s Racing and Gaming Division, one of North America’s leading racetrack operators and suppliers of pari-mutuel technology. Rogers started his career in the horse racing industry more than 27 years ago. Working his way up in the sport, he held various positions, including hot walker, groom and jockey’s valet. Rogers later became a licensed owner and breeder of thoroughbreds as well as an agent representing jockeys in Canada and the United States. 


In 1998, Rogers joined Adena Springs as Business Manager and for the past 16 years has been actively involved in the thoroughbred operations of owner and breeder Frank Stronach. Rogers also commits his time to serving on numerous industry boards, including the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Thoroughbred Racing Associations (TRA), Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau (TRPB), Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) and the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC).