The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) held its inaugural Racecourse Managers’ Conference and Workshop over the past three days at the South Point Hotel and Casino’s Arena & Equestrian Center in Las Vegas.
The conference brought together nearly 50 professionals currently serving as racecourse managers, superintendents and horse facility managers from 15 locations across the country.
This conference is a critical component in ensuring surface professionals have the tools they need to protect horses and riders at facilities across the country.
“NYRA is committed to implementing science-based best practices to create and maintain safe racing surfaces and facilities for horse and human athletes racing and training at Belmont Park, Saratoga Race Course and Aqueduct Racetrack,” said Glen Kozak, NYRA senior vice president of operations and capital projects.
“As science and technology advance, it is more important than ever to share knowledge and best practices based on field experience. The NTRA Racecourse Managers’ Conference and Workshop provided the ideal place to engage in this important dialogue to support safe racing across the country.”
The conference brought together a variety of professionals to witness in-depth, science-based discussions and demonstrations on maintaining safe racing, training and event floors, along with an explanation of how to participate in the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA) race floor regulations and the processes for HISA implementation and reporting. Also, Michael Lawton from Ellis Park Racing in Henderson, KY was the winner of the John Deere TS Gator Giveaway.
During the conference, the first class winners of the Racetrack Maintenance Innovation Awards were announced and awarded. This award was created to recognize the work of track professionals responsible for the day-to-day maintenance, protection and safety of horses and riders at racetracks across the United States. The 2022 winners distinguished themselves as some of the most innovative track professionals in thoroughbred racing. The 2022 winners are:
Leif Dickenson – Head of Lawn and Landscape at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
Joe King – awarded posthumously, former New York Racing Association (NYRA) Track Superintendent.
Dennis Moore – Superintendent at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Santa Anita Racetrack and Los Alamitos Thoroughbred Racing
This conference will be held annually and NTRA will announce the 2023 conference dates at a later date.