Sue  Finley

Sue Finley

Sue Finley spent her childhood commuting to Belmont Park from her home in Weston, Connecticut. A cum laude graduate of New York University with Bachelor's Degrees in French and Journalism, she began an internship in the NYRA press department while still a senior at NYU and accepted a full-time position at the track in her final term. She earned a scholarship for NYU's Master's program in French, but the lure of Belmont Park proved to be too great, and she left graduate school after a semester to concentrate on her racing career. She remained at NYRA for eight years, rising to the position of Senior Media Coordinator, and left in 1991 to work as a researcher for ABC's Wide World of Sports. In 1992, she took a job at one of ABC's properties, the American Championship Racing Series, where she served as Director of Administration and Publicity. In 1993, she and ACRS founder Barry Weisbord took over the production of the Thoroughbred Daily News. Finley's written work has appeared in USA Today, the New York Daily News, the Thoroughbred Record and the Blood-Horse, among other publications, and she served as a feature producer for numerous ESPN horse-racing telecasts. She lives in Fair Haven, New Jersey with her husband, Bill, a writer, and their two children. For 12 years, she was the First Vice President of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, a national organization dedicated to the humane retirement of former racehorses. She is currently pursuing a Professional Certificate in fundraising from NYU's George Heyman Center for Philanthropy.