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Tuesday, August 15, 2017Contact: Alexa Ravit (212) 521-5307
Round Table Transcripts and Video Replay now Available on

Official transcripts, a video replay, and the slide presentation from Sunday’s 65th annual Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing are now available at

The conference, held Sunday, August 13, 2017, in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., featured presentations on sponsorship in sports, the Melbourne Cup, race scheduling, federal legislation, racing officials, and Thoroughbred aftercare, as well as an update on the activities of The Jockey Club.

Presentations were delivered by Amanda Elliott of Victoria Racing Club; Rachel Jacobson, the former SVP of Business Development for the National Basketball Association; Ben Vonwiller of McKinsey & Company; Barbara Banke of Stonestreet; Stacie Clark of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance; Cathy O’Meara of the Racing Officials Accreditation Program; and Shawn Smeallie of the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity.

Stuart S. Janney III, the chairman of The Jockey Club, and James L. Gagliano, the president and chief operating officer of The Jockey Club, also made remarks.

The Jockey Club Round Table Conference was first held on July 1, 1953, in The Jockey Club office in New York City. The following year, it was moved to Saratoga Springs, N.Y., where it has been held every August since.

The Jockey Club, founded in 1894 and dedicated to the improvement of Thoroughbred breeding and racing, is the breed registry for North American Thoroughbreds. In fulfillment of its mission, The Jockey Club, directly or through subsidiaries, provides support and leadership on a wide range of important industry initiatives, and it serves the information and technology needs of owners, breeders, media, fans and farms. It is the sole funding source for America’s Best Racing, the broad-based fan development initiative for Thoroughbred racing. You can follow America’s Best Racing at Additional information is available at