Symposium Panel Sessions Taking Shape

The Race Track Industry Program will host the annual conference Dec. 5-8 in Arizona.

This year’s Symposium on Racing & Gaming, held by the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program Dec. 5-8 in Tucson, is taking shape.

“The panel sessions reflect topics of importance not only to the racing industry in North America but participants worldwide,” RTIP program director Doug Reed said. “(The topics include) racehorse ownership, Internet business management, new wagering platforms, cutting-edge computer applications, drug testing and medication use, and regulatory issues.”

The symposium will include real-time demonstrations of the power of QR codes and their potential uses in pari-mutuel racing. Students from the RTIP and the School of Information: Science, Technology and Arts collaborated in designing and creating the applications.

As usual various industry organizations will meet in conjunction with the symposium. Harness Tracks of America has scheduled its annual meeting that week and will offer panel sessions focusing on analyzing pari-mutuel takeout rates as well as social media usage by racetracks.

The Turf Publicists of America will present the Mark Kaufman Workshop titled “Reaching and Teaching the Horseplayer of Tomorrow,” and will present the Big Sport of Turfdom Award at a Dec. 6 luncheon.

The agenda for the symposium appears, and is updated as needed, at