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Wednesday, August 09, 2023Contact: Shannon Luce (859) 224-2716
Round Table Transcripts and Video Replay Available

Official transcripts from Thursday’s 71st Annual Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing are now available at The event was held live at the Saratoga Springs City Center in Saratoga Springs, New York, and streamed on The Jockey Club’s website and Facebook page, and through multiple industry outlets. A video replay is also available.

As the keynote speaker, Michael Lopez, senior director of Data and Analytics for the National Football League, discussed how data is analyzed to enhance and help better understand football and possible correlations with horse racing.

Lindsay Czarniak, an Emmy-award winning sports reporter and anchor who works for FOX NFL and FOX NASCAR, presented her observations on marketing the sport of horse racing.

The conference featured two panels, the first of which focused on computer-assisted wagering and its effects on racetracks and bettors. Hosted by Pat Cummings, executive director of the Thoroughbred Idea Foundation, panelists included Marshall Gramm, a professor at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, and co-founder of the Ten Strike Racing syndicate, and Joe Longo, the general manager of NYRA Content Management Solutions.

The second panel addressed the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority (HISA) after its first year of enactment. Panelists Lisa Lazarus, CEO of HISA; Ben Mosier, executive director of the Horseracing Integrity and Welfare Unit; and trainers Jena Antonucci and Ron Moquett were interviewed by James L. Gagliano, president and chief operating officer of The Jockey Club.

Kyle McDoniel, president and COO of Equibase, presented on E-GPS and opportunities for Equibase to help grow the sport.

Kristin Werner, senior counsel for The Jockey Club and administrator of its Thoroughbred Incentive Program, discussed improved traceability of Thoroughbreds and a recommendation by the Thoroughbred Safety Committee.
Stuart S. Janney III, the chairman of The Jockey Club, presided over the conference and focused his closing remarks on embracing the international aspect of the sport and enhancing marketing efforts to reach a new generation of fans.

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. The conference has featured discussions on myriad critical industry topics, including aftercare, equine safety, marketing, and national uniformity, as well as international perspectives and viewpoints from outside the Thoroughbred industry.