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by Ben HickmanLive video endoscopy, farm management tours, infertile mares, and alternative gaming are just some of the topics and demonstrations slated for the Thoroughbred International Exposition & Conference in Lexington June 20-22.The conference, which was known as the International Thoroughbred Exposition and Conference from 1986 through 1991, makes a comeback this year at Lexington Center's Heritage Hall. Seminars will feature some of the most prominent experts in the racing, breeding, and equine health industries, including trainer John T. Ward Jr.; John R. Gaines, founder of the Breeders' Cup and Gainesway Farm; Dr. Michelle LeBlanc of Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital; and Cot Campbell of Dogwood Stables.Seminars will cover a range of issues related to equine health, farm management, sales, and the business of racing. The conference will include a live high-speed treadmill exhibit including video endoscopy and heart rate demonstrations; also included is a trade show featuring more than 200 exhibitors showing products including diagnostic and therapeutic equipment. The demonstrations and the trade show are open to the public.Cynthia Kohorst has been planning the conference for three years. The aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks and mare reproductive loss syndrome delayed plans to hold it earlier, but Kohorst said she expects this weekend to go well. More than 400 people, including some from overseas, have pre-registered for the event, and Kohorst expects more to register on-site.Professionals from large and small operations in all sectors of the industry are expected to attend.The trade show runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 20, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 21, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 22. The live demonstrations will be held several times throughout the day, each day.