Official Schedule for Business Program


DAY 1: THURSDAY

May 18, 2017

  

BUSINESS PROGRAM OF THE 2017 PAN AMERICAN CONFERENCE
GRAND HYATT WASHINGTON DC

Dress Code: Business Casual


Transportation Available: Buses depart Hyatt Regency for Grand Hyatt at 7:00 a.m. 

(return shuttle to Hyatt Regency at the end of the conference)

See full Shuttle Schedule Here


Breakfast and Exhibiton Area Visit

Start

End

Join us for continental style breakfast in the exhibition area.

Location: Grand Hyatt Independence Level

7:30 AM

8:10 AM

   

Breakfast and Exhibit Area Visit, sponsored by KTA-KTOB


 
KTA-KTOB NEW 

 

Welcome and Overview of the Conference Business Program

Start

End

Pablo Kavulakian, director of LARC, will welcome attendees on behalf of the Latin American Racing Channel, extend recognition to sponsors and exhibitors and give a brief overview of the two days of Business Program that attendees can look forward to.

8:10 AM

8:15 AM

   

Pablo  
Pablo Kavulakian



Opening Remarks and Reminders by Conference Co-Emcees

Start

End

Commencement of day one of the Business Program for the 2017 Pan American Conference with opening remarks from the emcees, Tom Durkin and Luis Grandison.

8:15 AM

8:20 AM

   

Emcee - Durkin USE THIS ONE               Emcee - Grandison 

Tom Durkin (Emcee)                 Luis Grandison (Emcee)

  


Welcome from The Jockey Club

Start

End

Stuart S. Janney III, the chairman of The Jockey Club, will extend a welcome and talk briefly about the common vision shared by all conference attendees: enhancing the brand of Thoroughbred breeding and racing.

8:20 AM

8:35 AM

   

Janney 

Stuart S. Janney III


Morning Keynote Address

Start

End

Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) will extend a welcome to our international guests and share his appreciation for Thoroughbred breeding and racing as a representative of Kentucky, a state with deep ties to international breeding and racing. He is also expected  to acknowledge the support of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) for its membership in the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity and its support for federal legislation involving medication reform.

8:35 AM

9:05 AM

   

Barr 

Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY)


Trainer Panel

Start

End

This panel moderated by Hong Kong Jockey Club chief stipendiary racing steward, Kim Kelly, will discuss the nuances of conditioning horses all over the world and with different climates, conditions, and rules. Panel: Criquette Head-Maarek, Ignacio Correas, Joshua Christian​, and ​Kenny McPeek.

9:05 AM

10:20 AM

  

Kelly          Head-Maarek          Correas  

                          Kim Kelly (Moderator)           Criquette Head-Maarek              Ignacio Correas 


       Christian               McPeek     

                                                      Joshua Christian                         Kenny McPeek

 

Coffee Break and Exhibit Area Visit

Start

End

Coffee Break in the exhibition area.

10:20 AM

10:50 AM

   

Coffee Break and Exhibit Area Visit, sponsored by FTBOA


FTBOA

 

  

The Horseplayer Perspective

Start

End

Sports Information Group / Daily Racing Form's Chairman and CEO John Hartig will present the results of a series of polls to international and U.S. horseplayers on their impressions, opinions, and requests for international and U.S. racing. Betfred Group's Chief Commercial Officer Phil Siers and Racing Post Chief Executive and Editor-in-Chief Alan Byrne will join Mr. Hartig to discuss international markets and their bettors. 

10:50 AM

11:55 AM

  

Hartig        SiersNEW        Byrne NEW

                                                 John Hartig                            Phil Siers                              Alan Byrne


  

Presentation by the Korea Racing Authority

Start

End

Yang-Tae Park, executive director, Korean Racing Authority, highlights the past, the present, and the exciting future of horse racing in Korea. A global player in turnover and now holding an expansive foothold on breeding, the Korean racing industry is set for growth on the international stage. In 2018, Korea is set to host the 37th Asian Racing Conference and all are welcome to take in the country's culture and passion  for racing.

11:55 AM

12:20 PM

 

Tae Park   

Yang-Tae Park

 

Lunch

Start

End

Please join us for lunch in the dining area adjacent to the Independence Ballroom. 

12:20 PM

1:30 PM

   

Lunch, sponsored by Daily Racing Form


DRF

  

International Forum for the Aftercare of Racehorses (IFAR)
Conclusion and Vision for the Future

Start

End

Di Arbuthnot, chief executive, Retraining of Racehorses (RoR), gives an overview of RoR and delivers conclusions from the International Forum for the Aftercare of Racehorses (IFAR) Conference, outlining the projected vision for the forum's future.

1:30 PM

1:40 PM

    

Arbuthnot 

Di Arbuthnot

   

Featured IFAR Speaker

Start

End

Michael Blowenfounder and president of Old Friends, based in Georgetown, Kentucky, gives an account of the world-renowned Thoroughbred retirement facility, sharing insight on how aftercare and racing can jointly work together for long-term solutions. 

1:40 PM

2:00 PM

  

Blowen  

Michael Blowen

   

 

The Racino Experience

Start

End

Scott Wells, president and general manager, Remington Park, shares his observations on how horse racing can co-exist and prosper alongside gaming operations, as well as detailing the landscape for racino operations in the future.

2:00 PM

2:45 PM

   

Wells 

Scott Wells

 

 

Coffee Break and Exhibit Area Visit

Start

End

Coffee Break in the exhibition area.

2:45 PM

3:15 PM

 

Coffee Break and Exhibit Area Visit, sponsored by EquiLottery


EquiLottery

 

Racetrack and Facility Design

Start

End

Racetracks, as with other sports and entertainment facilities, must modernize to retain current fans and attract news ones. A number of racecourses around the world have attacked this challenge of upgrading older facilities with amenities for racing's diverse audience. Paul Roberts, director, Turnberry Consulting, will discuss the infrastructure and what the future holds with Todd Gralla, director of Equine Services, Populous, and Donald Dissinger, principal of EwingCole, and Walter Lynch, principal of Walter E. Lynch AIA, PLLC. 

3:15 PM

4:20 PM

 

Roberts       Gralla       Dissenger       Lynch     

               Paul Roberts                      Todd Gralla                      Donald Dissinger                  Walter Lynch

 

 



 

 

DAY 2: FRIDAY

May 19, 2017

BUSINESS PROGRAM OF THE 2017 PAN AMERICAN CONFERENCE
GRAND HYATT WASHINGTON DC

Dress Code: Business Casual


Transportation Available: Buses depart Hyatt Regency for Grand Hyatt at 7:00 a.m.

(return shuttle to Hyatt Regency at the end of the conference)

See full Shuttle Schedule Here
 


Breakfast and Exhibition Area Visit

Start

End

Join us for continental style breakfast in the exhibition area.

Location: Grand Hyatt Independence Level

7:30 AM

8:10 AM

  

Breakfast and Exhibit Area Visit, sponsored by Woodbine Entertainment Group

Woodbine  

  

Opening Remarks and Reminders by Conference Co-Emcees

Start

End

Commencement of the Day 2 Business Program for the 2017 Pan American Conference with opening remarks from Tom Durkin and Luis Grandison.

8:10 AM

8:15 AM

  

Emcee - Durkin USE THIS ONE               Emcee - Grandison 

Tom Durkin (Emcee)                 Luis Grandison (Emcee)

 

  

Opening Address and Welcome Day 2 of the Conference

Start

End

Keeneland President and CEO, Bill Thomason, will summarize key points from Day 1 of the Pan American Conference and give an overview of the collaborative relationship between North American racing and breeding and the rest of the world, as well as Keeneland's commitment to international racing, specifically the South American industry. 

8:15 AM

8:35 AM

  

 Thomason 

Bill Thomason

 

 

Ownership, Syndicates, and International Racing

Start

End

Leading owners and syndicate managers sit down to discuss the challenges faced both at home and abroad, what enhancements they would like to see to attract new owners to racing internationally, and the benefits of partnerships. Elaine Lawlor, director, Goffs Bloodstock Sales, and partner, It's All About the Girls Syndicate, to moderate. Panel: Jose Nelson, senior partner, Hope Duggan & Silva; Gatewood Bell, president, Cromwell Bloodstock; Fernando Diaz Valdes, racing manager, Don Alberto Corp; and Rick Nunnelley, attorney, Stoll Keenon Ogden.

8:35 AM

9:50 AM

  

 Lawlor          Nelson          Bell     

                       Elaine Lawlor (Moderator)               Jose Nelson                        Gatewood Bell

 

Diaz Valdes               Nunnelley

                                                Fernando Diaz Valdes                      Rick Nunnelley

 

 

Racing on Television: An Inside Look

Start

End

Evan Hammonds, managing director of BloodHorse, will sit down with Jon Miller, president, Programming, NBC Sports, to learn the network's approach to broadcasting racing and how it compares to their presentation of other sports, such as NFL, the Olympics, and soccer. Jon will provide his view on international sports and their strategy for broadcasting to the U.S. audience.

9:50 AM

10:30 AM

  

 Hammonds               Miller

                                                     Evan Hammonds                            Jon Miller

  


Coffee Break and Exhibit Area Visit

Start

End

Coffee Break in the exhibition area.

10:30 AM

11:00 AM

 

Coffee Break and Exhibit Area Visit, sponsored by Maryland Horse Breeders Association

MHBA

  


Attracting New Fans: A Marketing Perspective

Start

End

Racetrack executives discuss marketing to different segments of racing fans and bettors, across its everyday fixtures and big race days. Gary King, Thoroughbred Daily News, to moderate. Panel: Jim Lawson, CEO, Woodbine Entertainment Group; Valparaiso Sporting Club’s Carlo Rossi and Mauricio Maurel Tassara; and Juliet Slot, Ascot Racecourse.

11:00 AM

12:00 PM

    

King          Lawson          Rossi  

                       Gary King (Moderator)                      Jim Lawson                              Carlo Rossi

 

Maurel Tassara               Slot 

                                              Mauricio Maurel Tassara                       Juliet Slot

 

 

 

Lunch

Start

End

Please join us for lunch in the dining area adjacent to the Independence Ballroom.

12:00 PM

1:10 PM

 

Lunch, sponsored by Breeders' Cup

BreedersCup  



PMU International: France and Brazil

Start

End

Mara Blanco, PMU France, and Beatriz Fonseca, PMU Brazil,  provide an overview of PMU's international strategy and initiatives.

1:10 PM

1:35 PM

   

Blanco          Fonseca 

                                                          Mara Blanco                   Beatriz Fonseca


  

The View from South America

Start

End

A panel discussion on the pressing issues for the Latin American region. Horacio Esposito, director, LARC, to moderate. Panel: Carlo Rossi, president of OSAF (the Latin American Organization for the Promotion of Thoroughbreds) and president of Valparaiso Sporting Club; Hernan Ceriani, owner of Haras La Quebrada; and Guillermo Liberman, founder and partner of LARC.

1:35 PM

2:25 PM

  

 Esposito      Rossi      Ceriani2      Liberman2  

Horacio Esposito (Moderator)            Carlo Rossi                       Hernan Ceriani                Guillermo Liberman

 

 

 

Coffee Break and Exhibit Area Visit

Start

End

Coffee Break in the exhibition area.

2:25 PM

2:45 PM

 

Coffee Break and Exhibit Area Visit, sponsored by Roberts Communications Network

RCN



Afternoon Address

Start

End

An internationally recognized expert in sports law and arbitration, Professor Richard McLaren, O.C. has spent his career working at the highest levels to protect the integrity of sports. McLaren has been studying the Thoroughbred industry and will discuss parallels between it and the Russian doping story.

2:45 PM

3:15 PM

    

 McLaren 

Professor Richard McLaren, O.C.



Ensuring the Integrity of Racing

Start

End

The biggest threat to racing integrity and its long term viability is the use of performance enhancing drugs, the lack of harmony in the medication rules among jurisdictions, and the proficiency of its testing. Moderator, Joe Gorajec, former Executive Director of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission and noted leader on racing integrity, leads a discussion on how racetracks and regulators can face this issue through the adoption of proactive security, enhanced testing, and the adoption of new legislation in the United States. Panel: Louis Romanet, Chairman, International Federation of Horseracing Authorities; Mayra Frederico, Superintendent, ABCPCC - Brazilian Breeders and Owners Association; and United States Anti-Doping Association representative, Larry Bowers.

3:15 PM

4:15 PM

  

  Gorajec      Romanet      Frederico      Bowers 

        Joe Gorajec (Moderator)         Louis Romanet                Mayra Frederico                     Larry Bowers

  

Afternoon Keynote Address

Start

End

Stronach Group Chairman and President Belinda Stronach will detail the organization's vision and outlook on its racing ventures and recap the inaugural running of the Pegasus World Cup, the world's richest horse race. Stronach will give her take on the challenges and opportunities for racing both domestically and internationally.

4:20 PM

4:45 PM

  

  Belinda  

Belinda Stronach

  


Conference Concluding Remarks: The Jockey Club and LARC

Start

End

Concluding Remarks from co-organizers, The Jockey Club and Latin American Racing Channel.

4:45 PM

5:00 PM

  

 

 




PMU International: France and Brazil

Start

End

Mara Blanco, PMU France, and Beatriz Fonseco, PMU Brazil,  provide an overview of PMU's international strategy and initiatives.

1:10 PM

1:35 PM

   

PMU International: France and Brazil

Start

End

Mara Blanco, PMU France, and Beatriz Fonseco, PMU Brazil,  provide an overview of PMU's international strategy and initiatives.

1:10 PM

1:35 PM

   

 

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