Racetrack Trade Associations Ready for Joint Confab

Racetrack officials from the Thoroughbred and Standardbred industries will gather in Hollywood, Fla., March 12-14 for a joint meeting of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations, Harness Tracks of America, and Racetracks of Canada.

The boards of the TRA and HTA, both racetrack trade associations, have discussed ways the two organizations can work together on common projects. On March 13, they will hold a joint board meeting along with Racetracks of Canada.

The meeting will feature two days of panel discussions. Topics include racehorse medication, in particular the use of blood-doping; a view of the pari-mutuel industry by regulators and legislators; off-track betting operations; the future of international simulcasting; television and simulcasting; women as racing fans; media coverage of racing; and overall views on the industry.

There is no specific discussion slated on wagering integrity, though the subject is expected to surface at some point during the meeting.

A March 14 panel titled "Views on Racing -- 2003" lists the following speakers: Bernard Goldstein, chairman and chief executive officer of Isle of Capri Casinos and president of Pompano Park; Bryan Krantz, president of Fair Grounds and the TRA, and also a National Thoroughbred Racing Association board member; John Long, executive vice president and chief executive officer of Churchill Downs Inc.; Jim McAlpine, president of Magna Entertainment; Chris McErlean, vice president and general manager at Meadowlands and president of the HTA; Barry Schwartz, chairman of the New York Racing Association; and David Willmot, president and chief executive officer of Woodbine Entertainment Group.