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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

National HBPA Summer Convention Set for July 21-25 in Minneapolis; Speakers Announced

The National HBPA will hold its 2010 summer convention at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota from July 21-25, 2010. The convention will be hosted by the Minnesota HBPA and held in conjunction with the 2010 Claiming Crown scheduled for Saturday, July 24 at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minnesota.

The National HBPA 2010 Summer Convention will kick off on Wednesday, July 21 with registration and a welcome cocktail party. Thursday and Friday will feature a number of informative panels and HBPA committee meetings, followed by the Claiming Crown Cocktail Party at Canterbury Park on Friday evening.

SCHEDULED FORUMS (Speakers Subject to Change)

Thursday, July 22 (9:00–11:00 a.m.)Technology: “Technology and Horsemen: The New Frontier”: From IPhone applications, to specialized software the tools available to horsemen are expanding exponentially. How do we adapt new technology to make our racing and breeding businesses, and the industry as a whole, more successful?
Ron Maus, President, Washington HBPA, Founding Member MRW Advisory, LLC
Richard Glover, Dir. of Communications, NHBPA, Editor, The Horsemen’s Journal
Ken McPeek, Leading North American Trainer, Developer:
Keith Chamblin, Sr., VP, Communications, NTRA
Susan Martin, Director of Marketing, The Jockey Club Information Systems, Inc.

Thursday, July 22 (2:00–4:00 p.m.)Regulation: “The Interstate Racing and Wagering Compact and Horsemen – To Be Feared or Embraced?”: U.S. Racing’s rule-making system needs work. Horsemen need to count on a structured rule-making process whose goal is reasonable uniformity through consensus building and which prevents runaway or unilateral regulation – is an interstate compact the answer?
Bob Elliston, President & CEO, Turfway Park; Chair, NTRA Board of Directors
Rick Goodell, Assistant Counsel, NYRSRWB, Chair IRWC Steering Committee
Rick Masters, Special Counsel for Interstate Compacts, The Council of State Governments
Ed Martin, President & CEO, Racing Commissioners International
Alex Waldrop, President & CEO, NTRA
Frank Petramalo, Executive Director, Virginia HBPA, Chair, NHBPA Racing Compact Working Group
Alan Foreman, President and CEO, Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association

Friday, July 23 (10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.)Economics: "The Future of Horse Racing and the Horse Race Wagering Product": An exploration of existing financial trends in wagering and reliance on alternative gaming as a short term strategy. This panel will also examine takeout vs. other games of skill; the risk/reward of new wagering products; Attracting new players and the pros and cons of our existing industry.
Robert Reeves, Board Member, Ohio HBPA and Chairman National HBPA WAGI Committee
Joe Santanna, Pres./Chairman, NHBPA, Past President Pennsylvania HBPA, NTRA Board Member
Randy Sampson, President & CEO, Canterbury Park
Bill Shanklin, Racing Industry Consultant/Author and Founder of Horse Racing Business Website
Greg Nichols, Managing Director, Sporting Affairs, betfair

Friday, July 23 (1:30–4:00 p.m.)Medication: “Bute - 5 mcg….To be or not to be”: An in-depth look at new pre-race inspection policies and related changes to U.S. racing’s 30 year old policy governing commonly used therapeutic medications.
Kent Stirling, Executive Director, Florida HBPA, Chair, Medication Committee National HBPA
Dr. Thomas Tobin, MVB, MRCVS [DVM], PhD, DABT Professor, Dept. of Veterinary Science, Gluck Equine Research Center and Graduate Center for Toxicology, University of Kentucky & National HBPA Veterinary Advisor
Dr. George Maylin, Director, NYSWB Drug Testing & Research Program, Morrisville State College, Ithaca, NY (as of July 1st)
Steven A. Barker, MS, Ph.D., Professor, Comparative Biomedical Sciences; Director, Analytical Systems Laboratory; Equine Medication Surveillance Laboratory and The Laboratory for Drug Residue Studies, State Chemist, Louisiana State Racing Commission
Darrell Vienna, trainer & attorney, Southern California Vice President, California Thoroughbred Trainers (CTT)
Dr. Robert O’Neil, Equine Practitioner & Chair of the Florida Veterinary Board

“We are still looking for proponents of the Bute change to add to the panel,” said Kent Stirling, Chair of the NHBPA Medication Committee.

On Saturday morning, the National HBPA's Executive Committee will meet. That afternoon convention attendees will have the opportunity to attend Claiming Crown XII at Canterbury Park. The National HBPA will conclude its summer convention on Sunday, July 25 with a meet of its full Board of Directors.

Registration for the convention is $350.00 per person for HBPA members and their significant others through June 24. After June 24, registration is $375.00 per person. Cancellations will be accepted until June 29 with a $50.00 fee. No refunds after June 30. For a registration form and more information, visit

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