Alex Waldrop took the reins as president and CEO of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association in 2007. The former president of Churchill Downs and partner in the Kentucky based law firm Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs transitioned from the courtroom to the racetrack. He began practicing law in Louisville, Kentucky, and the firm that he joined represented Churchill Downs. The NTRA is a broad-based coalition of racing interests and individual stakeholders consisting of horseplayers, racetrack operators, owners, breeders, trainers, and affiliated horse racing associations. The organization has 17 full-time employees based in Lexington, regional sales representatives spread strategically across the country, and a horse industry advocacy team based in Washington, D.C. Its mission is to increase the popularity, welfare and integrity of Thoroughbred racing through consensus-based leadership, legislative advocacy, safety and integrity initiatives, fan engagement and corporate partner development.