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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

National HBPA's Summer Convention Opens Tomorrow in Minneapolis

The National HBPA's 2010 summer convention will commence tomorrow at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. The convention, which will be hosted by the Minnesota HBPA, will run through Sunday, July 25. It is being 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 tomorrow, 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?
Moderator:
Ron Maus, President, Washington HBPA, Founding Member MRW Advisory, LLC
Panelists:
Richard Glover, Dir. of Communications, NHBPA, Editor, The Horsemen’s Journal
Ken McPeek, Leading North American Trainer, Developer: www.mcpeekracing.com
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?
Moderator:
Bob Elliston, President & CEO, Turfway Park; Chair, NTRA Board of Directors
Panelists:
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.
Moderator:
Robert Reeves, Board Member, Ohio HBPA and Chairman National HBPA WAGI Committee
Panelists:
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 (1:15–4:00 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.
Moderator:
Kent Stirling, Executive Director, Florida HBPA, Chair, Medication Committee National HBPA
Panelists:
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

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.

For news and updates during the convention, check this blog and the National HBPA Facebook page (www.facebook.com/NationalHBPA) and Twitter feed (www.twitter.com/NationalHBPA).

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