OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) — Mike Dempsey is retiring as the director of racing at Monmouth Park.

The racetrack on the New Jersey shore announced that the 60-year-old Dempsey would be retiring on Dec. 31. He was hired in 1979 as a claims clerk.

Bob Kulina, president of Darby Development LLC, operators of the racetrack, hopes to hire a replacement soon.