Steve Koch took over as executive director of the NTRA Safety &Integrity Alliance in April 2015. Koch previously served 12 years at Canada’s Woodbine Racetrack, where he was vice president of racing from 2008 to 2015. As vice president he oversaw all aspects of the Thoroughbred racing product as well as the company’s Racing Surfaces, Grounds, Stables, and Fleet divisions. From 2003 to 2008 his Woodbine career included director of racing and director of backstretch operations.
Prior to Woodbine, Koch worked at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky., and he was raised as a horseman at Claiborne Farm in Paris, Ky. He holds a Master of Science from the University of Kentucky.
Koch participates on various industry boards including the Racing Officials Accreditation Program, Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory, and the American Horse Council’s Unwanted Horse Coalition