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Wednesday, August 27, 2008Contact: Jennifer Voss-Franco (859) 224-2702
ROAP to Host Conference on Officiating Horse Racing

The Racing Officials Accreditation Program, in coordination with the University of Arizona Racetrack Industry Program, will be hosting its first “Conference on Officiating Horse Racing.” The conference will be held from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Monday, December 8, 2008, the day prior to the 35th Annual Symposium on Racing & Gaming, at the Westin La Paloma Resort in Tucson, Ariz.

This conference is designed for stewards, judges, racing commissioners, regulators, horsemen and racing fans who are interested in the daily regulation and officiating of horse racing.

The agenda includes presentations and discussions on:

  • Determining Penalties for Rule Violations
  • Trainer Responsibility & Extenuating Circumstance
  • Enforcing House Rules
  • Race Video Review for Interference & Disqualifications
  • Model Rules Development & Adoption
  • Coordinating Uniform Regulations
  • Education Requirements for Licensees

Frank Lamb, former executive director of the Wyoming Horse Racing Commission, will be moderating the discussions. Featured presenters are:

  • Alan M. Foreman, chairman & CEO of the Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Associations Inc.
  • Dr. Ted Hill, The Jockey Club steward, at New York Racing Association tracks
  • Eddie Arroyo, Illinois Racing Board steward
  • Dr. Scot Waterman, executive director of the Racing Medication & Testing Consortium
  • Hugh Gallagher, executive director of the Delaware Harness Racing Commission
  • Duayne Didericksen, chairman of the American Quarter Horse Association Racing Committee
  • Stan Bowker, chairman of the Racing Officials Accreditation Program
  • Joe Gorajec, executive director of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission and chairman of the Association of Racing Commissioners International

Registration is free and lunch will be served. Anyone interested in attending needs to complete a registration form that can be obtained by calling Jennifer Voss-Franco, ROAP coordinator of racing officials, at (859) 224-2702. The registration form is also available online at under “Upcoming Events.”