South American Racing Focus of Pan Am Conference

Will also have panels on televised coverage of horse racing.

Panels focusing on televised coverage of horse racing, the South American breeding and racing industry, and international integrity efforts will highlight the business sessions at the second Pan American Conference May 17-20 in Washington, D.C.

The Jockey Club, the breed registry for Thoroughbreds in North America, and the Latin American Racing Channel (LARC), are co-hosting the conference, which culminates with the Preakness Stakes (G1) May 20 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. 

"The agenda for this conference is designed to educate a diverse group of attendees," said LARC director Horacio Esposito. "We will cover a wide range of topics over the course of two days and we have a prestigious group of moderators, panelists, and speakers to share their thoughts and their experiences." 

The television panel will feature Jon Miller, president of programming for NBC Sports, in a discussion with Evan Hammonds, managing editor of BloodHorse. Miller will discuss the network's ever expanding coverage of Thoroughbred racing and how it differs from other major sports, like the NFL, the Olympics, or soccer that the network televises.

Esposito will moderate a panel reviewing the past, present, and future of the South American Thoroughbred industry. Among the topics to be covered are betting volume, the market for South American bloodstock, doping control, racehorse ratings, movement of horses, aftercare, and welfare of jockeys.

That panel will include South American industry leaders such as Carlo Rossi, president of OSAF (the Latin American Organization for the Promotion of Thoroughbreds) and of Valparaiso Sporting Club; Hernan Ceriani, owner of his family farm, Haras La Quebrada; and Guillermo Liberman, Thoroughbred breeder as well as LARC founder and partner.

The use of performance-enhancing drugs, lack of harmony in medication rules, the need for expanded out-of-competition testing, and the proficiency of drug testing are all major concerns for Thoroughbred industry regulators all over the world and those topics will be addressed in a panel entitled, "Ensuring the Integrity of Racing."  

Conference attendees will hear insights from Dr. Larry Bowers, chief science officer of the United States Anti-Doping Association; Mayra Frederico, superintendent, Associação Brasileira de Criadores de Criadores e Proprietários de Cavalos de Corrida (the Brazilian association of racehorse owners and breeders); and Louis Romanet, chairman of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities.

Joe Gorajec, former longtime executive director of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, will lead the discussion, which also will cover proactive security, enhanced drug testing, and proposed federal legislation in the United States. 

Among other topics sprinkled throughout the two-day conference are panels devoted to international handicapping, racetrack and facility design, and marketing the racetrack experience. 

A detailed list of topics and speakers, as well as registration information (registration fees increase April 16) and further details are available at panamdc2017.com. Additional speakers are expected to be announced in the near future.

Conference sponsors include Longines, The Stronach Group, LARC, Betfred, Jockey Club del Peru, Keeneland, OSAF, Jockey Club Argentina, Samuel & Guillermo Liberman, P.M.U., The Jockey Club, The Jockey Club Information Systems, InCompass, Equibase Company, America's Best Racing, and The Jockey Club Technology Services.

The Latin American Racing Channel broadcasts the most important horse races from Latin America to the world and offers racetrack maintenance and consulting services to a wide range of industry organizations. Additional information is available at larchannel.com.