Rimbo to Give 'Warner L. Jones Jr.' Lecture

Edited press release

Bruce Rimbo, president of Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico, home of one the world’s richest Quarter Horse races, will deliver the 2007 “Warner L. Jones Jr. Memorial Lecture on the Business of Racing” May 12 at the University of Louisville.

Rimbo, whose topic will be “Sprint Racing in Kentucky: Past, Present, and Future,” is a partner in a group that has applied for a new racetrack license in London, KY.

Ruidoso Downs is located in south central New Mexico, midway between Albuquerque and El Paso, Texas. Racing at the mountain desert track takes place annually from Memorial Day to Labor Day, culminating with the $2-million All-American Futurity. Since 1999, the track has also offered slot-machine gaming.

Sponsored each spring by the University of Louisville’s Equine Industry Program, the Jones lecture each year brings to Louisville a renowned expert on a cutting-edge aspect of the pari-mutuel horse racing industry. Previous distinguished Jones lecturers have included Dennis Swanson, Tom Aronson, Cot Campbell, Tim Smith, Brereton Jones, Jim Squires, and Basil de Vito.

The lecture series is named for the late chairman of Churchill Downs from 1984 to 1994 and one of the nation’s most prominent breeders. The owner of Hermitage Farm at Goshen, Jones bred 131 stakes winners and remains to this day the only Thoroughbred breeder/owner to breed and/or sell winners of the Kentucky Derby, the Kentucky Oaks and a major Breeders’ Cup race.

Rimbo will speak at 10:30 a.m. Eastern time in the Horn Auditorium in the College of Business. The program is free, but seating is limited. Parking is available in the adjacent Speed Museum garage. For more information about the event, call Alisha Ward with the Equine Industry Program at 502-852-7617.