Updates on marketing, television, and technology will highlight the agenda for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association membership meeting set for Oct. 12-13 in Lexington, Ky., at the Keeneland sale pavilion. The meeting is open to all NTRA members and industry media, but advance registration is requested.Topics for the meeting include a financial review and 2001 membership agreements and dues; the Breeders' Cup/NTRA operational merger; legislative and regulatory issues; status of a proposed industry technology venture; NTRA initiatives in television, advertising, sponsorships, and promotions; and updates on TheGreatestGame.com, NTRA Charities, and the Racing Integrity and Drug Testing Task Force.Sessions on both days will go from 9-11 a.m. and be followed by a question-and-answer period. Speakers will include Steve Bowen, group account director for Merkley Newman Harty; Jay Hickey, president of the American Horse Council; Alan Marzelli, chairman and chief executive officer of Equibase; D.G. Van Clief Jr., president of the Breeders' Cup; Greg Avioli, NTRA deputy commissioner and chief operating officer; and NTRA commissioner Tim Smith.The meeting will be preceded by a reception and dinner at WinStar Farm in Versailles, Ky., the evening of Oct. 11. To register, contact Jamie Haydon at 859-245-6872 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A public forum on preliminary recommendations by the Sales Integrity Task Force to the Kentucky legislature on auction transparency issues will be held at the Keeneland sale pavilion Oct. 15 at 1 p.m. EDT.