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Round Table Transcripts and Video Replay now Available on

Official transcripts, a video replay, and the slide presentations from Sunday’s 67th annual Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing are now available at

The conference, held Sunday, August 11, 2019, in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., featured a Q-and-A session with John Messara, the owner and chairman of Arrowfield Stud, and a presentation on category 1 interference rules by Kim Kelly, the chief stipendiary steward for The Hong Kong Jockey Club.

Mike Mulvihill, the executive vice president of research, league operations & strategy for FOX Sports, and Bill Knauf, the vice president of business operations for Monmouth, discussed the impact of sports betting on horse racing.

David Fuscus, the president and chief executive officer of Xenophon Strategies, a global public relations firm, offered strategies for how the Thoroughbred industry should react under times of crisis, and Valerie Pringle, the campaign manager for equine protection for The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), shared how the HSUS advocates for equine welfare and why it supports the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2019.

Dr. Nancy Cox, the dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment at the University of Kentucky, educated the audience on the University of Kentucky’s research into safe and consistent racing surfaces.

William M. Lear Jr., the vice chairman of The Jockey Club, provided an update on the Horseracing Integrity Act and its importance to the Thoroughbred industry.

Laura Barillaro, executive vice president and chief financial officer of The Jockey Club, delivered the activities of The Jockey Club report.

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 founded America’s Best Racing (, the broad-based fan development initiative for Thoroughbred racing, and in partnership with the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, operates OwnerView (, the ownership resource. Additional information is available at