Taking a cue from Mitt Romney and his binder full of women, Governor Andrew Cuomo was able to find a woman to appoint to the new NYRA Board. She will be the lone distaff member on the new 17-member Board since neither of the legislative leaders nor the old NYRA were able to find one. According to the Governor’s announcement, Jane Rosenthal is an “acclaimed producer and the co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival.” She appears to have no experience with horses or racing.
This is an interesting way to expand the appeal of racing. If a Bobby Flay can be appointed - and he does have experience in racing - why could the Governor not find a similarly high-profile woman with a connection to the sport? That way there would have been two women.