An international gathering of pari-mutuel executives will take place this week in Tucson, Ariz., for the 27th annual Symposium on Racing, presented by the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program.
Every major pari-mutuel operation will be represented to discuss matters pertaining to thoroughbred, harness and greyhound racing industries. The symposium encourages racing executives to discuss common problems.
In conjunction with the speaking program and the multiple seminars, an expo provides vendors an area to display their products.
Underscoring the international aspects of the industry will be the initial panel session, "Taking Account." It will offer results of a study commissioned by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities and performed by the international law firm of Dewey Ballantine LLP.
Moderator will be Hans Stahl, president of The Jockey Club. Joining him will be Kevin M. Dempsey, John K. Keitt, Jr., and John R. Magnus, all of Dewey Ballantine.
As a secondary feature, a panel headed by Paul Estok, executive assistant and staff counsel, Harness Tracks of America, will discuss account wagering, including a review of the operators. Part of the discussion will look at the international accounting of the current market and its future.
Running concurrently to the first panel will be another that will study the economics of racing. Joe Harper, president and general manager of Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, will be moderator. Two economists, Dr. Margaret Ray of Mary Washington College and Dr. Richard Thalheimer of the University of Louisville, will present studies on the economic impact of racing on state and racing takeouts.
Dr. Ray, the first visiting research scientist at the Race Track Industry Program, will present a user-friendly computer program for calculating the economic impact of a racetrack on the state where it is located. Dr. Thalheimer will discuss the results of a study on dividing takeout more effectively and efficiently.
During the afternoon session, Lynne Snierson, director of communications at Rockingham Park, will moderate a "Turf Publicists of America’s Annual Mark Kaufman Workshop" on "Women in Racing." Panelists will be jockey Patricia Cooksey, California thoroughbred trainer Jenine Sahadi, Michelle Boyce of the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, and Churchill Downs senior vice president Rebecca Reed.
An afternoon session will have a discussion on "Racing in the Mass Media." ESPN racing analyst Randy Moss will be moderator. Panelists will be Tom Freydi, vice president of entertainment, Ketchum Entertainment Marketing; and author Jane Smiley.
Tom Rainey, a steward with the Washington Horse Racing Commission, will lead a discussion in the "Stewards’ Roundtable."
On Thursday morning, there will be seminars on "The ABCs of Integrity," with Scott Scepaniak, administrator, Wisconsin Division of Gaming, as moderator; the "Relationship of Marketing," led by Allen Gutterman, vice president, marketing, Hollywood Park; "Making Sense of Science," with Edward L. Bowen of the Grayson-Jockey Research Foundation as moderator; and two others on "E-Commerce" and "From Ground Level."
Friday’s panels will deal with "Legislative Issues and Perspectives" with Ron Sultemeier, president, Sportsystems Corporation, as moderator; "Racing in Latin America" led by Corey Johnsen, president, Lone Star Park; and an update from the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.