Welcome to Chalk Players: A weekly teacher's view of the racing world (actually we don't play with chalk anymore, but use white boards...and I prefer longshots too!)

As director of the UA Race Track Industry Program, it is always interesting to interact with students pursuing a career in racing and keep up on the news in the industry.

I welcome your comments on the way!   —Doug Reed

Out of the Gate

September 9, 2012

We can tell that the semester has kicked into gear and the students are starting to get their agenda full of assignments.  More students are coming into the office to visit with faculty, ask questions and get help this week.

First Week of Classes

August 24, 2012

The first week of classes at the U of A and the RTIP was this week.   We have about 17 new students. I think all of our returning students made it back safe?  

We have some new international participation this semester in the student body.   The Korean Racing Authority has sent a new executive in residence to the RTIP for the academic year and they expect to send another in January.  We also have two exchange students from Ireland from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

The Return of Students!

August 17, 2012

Well I am back from a cool experience in Alaska and Seattle.  Anywhere cool in the summer is a good place to be rather than Tucson.

The family went on a seven night cruise to Alaska with stops in Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan and Victoria.  We also spent a few days in Seattle.

Vacation Time!

August, 2, 2012

I am posting early this week since I am looking forward to leaving tomorrow for a little vacation!  I will report more on that excursion when I return.

Return from Istanbul and ARC Wrap Up

July 27, 2012

Well I am back in Tucson and rested up from the long journey.  I was up for 27+ hours Monday coming back from Istanbul.  Since it was a 1 pm flight I was not able to sleep.  Getting through customs in L.A. was about as bad as I have seen it.  I had a long layover but not much time to rest there either.

Tuesday I just took the day off and slept in for a long time. 

Istanbul - Asian Racing Conference

July 20, 2012

It's very late here in Istanbul as the closing ceremonies tonight conclude the 34th Asian Racing Conference (ARC.)   I will provide some brief comments this week but a fuller report next week when I return and maybe get some rest.

The conference is a grueling four days but a great opportunity to learn what is going on elsewhere. It is also enlightening to learn what other racing executive's thoughts are on racing in the US.  

Leaving the Country

July 13, 2012

The July 4 holiday made for a slow week around campus so I waited a week to post something.  We continue to work on Symposium topics.  If anyone has an idea please let me know.

We should be announcing another topic/speaker next week so look for the press release. We are doing a number of things over the summer that we hope will enhance the Symposium experience for our guests.  Look for more announcements forthcoming.

Trip to Iowa

June 30, 2012

A number of things that happen in the slower summer hours at the RTIP are actually important to successful opportunities in the future.

It was a busy week working with a few students on their capstone project, checking in on interns, attending a national industry meeting, preparing topics for our Symposium and the extra benefit of seeing some great racing and a top three year old, Hansen, live at Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino.

More of the Same?

June 22, 2012

This week might not be too exciting to report about so I may have to add some news from the RTIP family.

We are working on a new database for the RTIP but the nicest feature will be the ability for our Symposium attendees to register for the conference online.   We meet with the University of Arizona Foundation to work on details to manage a safe and secure way to deposit funds from the online registrants to our accounts at the Foundation.

Highs and Lows

June 15, 2012

Well today I might have experienced some highs and lows of our industry.