Speakers

Tony Allevato
President, NYRA Bets
Chief Revenue Officer, NYRA
Bio

Tony Allevato

Chief Revenue Officer, NYRA

President, NYRA Bets

Tony Allevato is responsible for overseeing NYRA Bets, NYRA's national Advanced Deposit Wagering (ADW) platform; and for the format, content, talent and all production elements of NYRA's television programs. Allevato joined NYRA in 2016 from High Hand Media, based in Los Angeles, where he served as Owner and President of the Sports Television, Racetrack Marketing and Digital Media Production company. His clients included NYRA for which Allevato oversaw the launch and rebranding of NYRA Rewards to NYRA Bets, which debuted at Saratoga's 2016 racing meet. For NYRA, Allevato was responsible for obtaining regulatory gaming licenses in various states and for transitioning the regional MSG Network television programs from taped shows to the critically acclaimed multiple "live" shows, Belmont Park Live & Saratoga Live. Also, he negotiated a national television rights deal with Fox Sports to air more than 80 hours during the 2016 and 2017 Saratoga race meets, which represents the most extensive national TV rights deal in racing history. Allevato also negotiated a 50- hour regional network TV rights deal with Altitude Sports network that aired Saratoga Live during the 2016 season; and launched Saratoga Live on the NYRA HD App that is available on IOS and Android and ROKU, and soon on Xbox, Playstation 4, Amazon Fire and Apple TV. Allevato has spent much of his career building state-of-the-art wagering and television production platforms for a variety of sports organizations. While at High Hand Media, he oversaw ADW marketing, inter-track TV production and out-of-state wagering revenue at Los Alamitos Race Course in Cypress, CA. Also, he introduced and implemented new strategy for video content for ORF.com; and served as Coordinating Producer for the launch of The Jockey Club Tour series for FOX Sports 1. Previously, Allevato served as Coordinating Producer at the NFL Network, where he oversaw day-to-day operations of the network's flagship show, NFL Total Access. Prior to that, Allevato was the first production hire for TVG, rising to its Executive Vice President Television/Executive Producer. In other roles, he was Feature Producer at KCBS News of Hollywood, CA as well as Executive Producer/Broadcast Media Liaison at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, CA. Allevato began his broadcasting career as Assistant to the Producer at ABC Sports in New York, where he served as Production Assistant, Researcher and Assistant Producer of two landmark shows, Wide World of Sports and Monday Night Football.

Shannon Arvin
Keeneland
President & CEO
Bio

Shannon Arvin

President & CEO

Keeneland

On July 2, 2020, Keeneland Trustees named Shannon Bishop Arvin – who as a partner with the Lexington firm Stoll Keenon Ogden has served as corporate counsel to Keeneland since 2008 and as secretary and advisory member of Keeneland’s Board of Directors since 2015 – to succeed Bill Thomason as Keeneland President and CEO. On Jan. 1, 2021, Arvin became Keeneland’s eighth President and the first woman to serve in the position. “Through her legal career at SKO and her service on numerous industry boards and community organizations, Shannon has earned international respect for her wise counsel and love of the Thoroughbred industry,” Trustee Everett Dobson said. “Her deep roots with Keeneland and appreciation for its mission will allow her to lead with the same integrity and enthusiasm she has brought to every organization she has served.” The appointment of Arvin was a unanimous decision by the Trustees. Their wide-ranging discussions with her had confirmed their initial judgment: Arvin’s leadership, professionalism, the respect she has earned within the horse industry, her intimate knowledge of Keeneland’s core businesses and her vision for Keeneland’s future made her the clear choice to become Keeneland’s next President. Through her work with SKO’s Lexington office, where she has practiced since 2002, Arvin has represented Thoroughbred owners and prominent industry organizations in Kentucky and around the world. She also serves on the University of Kentucky’s Gluck Equine Research Foundation Board of Directors and is a member of The Jockey Club. She also has years of service for a number of Central Kentucky organizations. Arvin also has a unique perspective of Keeneland’s rich history and what the iconic track means to horsemen, fans and Central Kentucky. Her grandfather W.T. “Bish” Bishop was the first General Manager of Keeneland when the track opened in 1936 until 1971. Her father, the late William T. “Buddy” Bishop III, grew up at Keeneland, living in an apartment next to the Clubhouse. Buddy Bishop’s lifelong service to Keeneland included positions as Director, Secretary, Trustee and Counsel. He was also a partner at SKO and worked with his daughter at the firm until his passing in 2008. Arvin graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, with a B.A. in Political Science, International Studies, with High Honors. She graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 2002. She and her husband, Will, have two daughters, Bishop and McCutchen. “I have a deep love and passion for Keeneland, and it is a tremendous honor to lead this organization and work alongside this amazing team,” Arvin said. “By building on the foundation laid by Bill Thomason and those who came before him, and with a continued focus on integrity, innovation and safety, we will further the mission of Keeneland and ensure the future of this sport.”

Aldolpho Birch
Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority
Anti-Doping and Medication Control Committee Chair
Bio

Aldolpho Birch

Anti-Doping and Medication Control Committee Chair

Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority

Adolpho Birch is an independent director from Tennessee who chairs the Anti-Doping and Medication Control Standing Committee of the Authority. Birch is senior vice president of business affairs and chief legal officer for the Tennessee Titans. Prior to joining the Titans, he spent 23 years at the National Football League’s headquarters, with responsibilities that included administration and enforcement of the NFL’s policies related to the integrity of the game, substance abuse, performance-enhancing drugs, gambling and criminal misconduct.

Simon Fraser
1/ST Technologies
Senior Vice President-International
Bio

Simon Fraser

Senior Vice President-International

1/ST Technologies

Simon has had a long career in horse racing media, starting out at the Racing Post before moving on to Racecourse Media Group (RMG) and Sports Information Services (SIS) and ultimately joining 1/ST TECHNOLOGY in 2019. His leadership role is primarily concerned with the international distribution of North American horse racing to fixed-odds and tote operators across the globe.

Jim Gates
Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority
Anti-Doping and Medication Control Committee Director
Bio

Jim Gates

Anti-Doping and Medication Control Committee Director

Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority

Jim Gates is the Director of the Anti-Doping and Medication Control Committee of the Authority. Gates currently serves as a member of the Kentucky Horseracing Commission (KHRC) and has worked in the thoroughbred industry for 25 years, including 14 years at Churchill Downs Incorporated. Gates has performed safety accreditations for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association’s Safety & Integrity Alliance over the past decade and also served on the Board of Directors of the Racing Medication & Testing Consortium, among other industry organizations. Additionally, as a principal of Gates Consulting LLC, Jim currently has a book of consulting business focused on finance and operations with non-profit and for-profit clients in a variety of industries

Eric Halstrom
Indiana Grand Racecourse and Casino
Vice President and General Manager of Racing
Bio

Eric Halstrom

Vice President and General Manager of Racing

Indiana Grand Racecourse and Casino

Eric Halstrom is the Vice President and General Manager of Racing at Indiana Grand Racecourse and Casino, a Caesars Entertainment property. Mr. Halstrom is responsible for all departments affiliated with the racing operations at Caesars' largest racetrack located just south of Indianapolis. Previous to his current role Eric served in several capacities in the racing industry over the last two decades. He was the VP of Racing at Canterbury Park, worked for Churchill Downs as the VP and GM at Fair Grounds and also spent time in the racing operations at Prairie Meadows. Eric has extensive gaming experience as well having served as the VP of Gaming and Racing Operations at Harrah's Louisiana Downs. Eric is a native of Minnesota and a University of Arizona RTIP graduate. He was the winner of the school's prestigious 2011 John K. Goodman Alumni Award and has served on numerous industry and Community Boards over the years.

Eric Hamelback
National HBPA
CEO
Bio

Eric Hamelback

CEO

National HBPA

Eric Hamelback is the CEO of the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association. He is the former general manager of Frank Stronach’s Adena Springs and he resides in Paris, KY with his wife Debra and two children. Originally from Frierson, Louisiana, Eric attended Louisiana State University. Eric graduated in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Systems. He and his family moved to Paris in 2008 after living in the Versailles/Midway area for 8 years and in Florida for 5 years. As CEO of the National HBPA, Eric serves as the representative for the largest horsemen’s group in North America on many industry boards. He represents NHBPA horsemen on the American Horse Council Racing Committee, the United Horse Coalition, the RMTC, the NTRA Safety Alliance, the Racing Officials Accreditation Program, as well as an associate member for the Racing Commissioners International. Eric is a strong advocate for retraining and rehoming of Off The Track Thoroughbreds, and also serves on the Board of Directors for the Secretariat Center in Lexington Kentucky, the equine advisory committee for Square Peg Foundation, Half Moon Bay California, as well as having served on the Capital Campaign Committee for New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program also in Lexington Kentucky. Eric began his professional career with Prestonwood Farm in Versailles under General Manager Rich Decker, as their yearling manager after leaving Louisiana in 1994. In 1997, he was offered a position at Adena Springs as their yearling manager under then General Manager, Dan Hall. Eric was promoted to assistant farm manager in 1998 and in 2002 was named general manager at Live Oak Stud in Ocala, Fla. From 2002 until 2005 Eric headed the Florida operation before returning to Adena Springs, this time in Florida, in 2006. Eric and his wife are, and continue to be, active in their community through school and community service, as well as through youth sports programs. Eric was an avid sports fan growing up in Louisiana and was an All-State linebacker high school before an injury forced him to forgo a football scholarship for college. After moving to Kentucky, Eric began to pursue another passion, polo. He played amateur polo for 12 years, both in Kentucky and Florida. A member of the United States Polo Association during his active playing days from 1995 until 2006, Eric earned a 1 goal handicap before suffering an injury which forced him to the sidelines from that passion as well. His passion for football has carried on and can now be seen through his certified membership of the Central Kentucky Football Officials Association where he officiates youth, middle and high school football under the Kentucky High School Athletic Association. Currently, Eric is a member of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club, serving as a board member from 1997 through 2001, and club President in 2002, and he was a member and active player with the United States Polo Association from 1994 until 2006. Eric was an elected official to the Bourbon County School Board in 2015, and now sits on the Fayette-Bourbon County joint venture with the Paris Pike Corridor Commission and also as an appointed Land Commissioner for the Bourbon County Courts. Eric previously served on the Board of Trustees for Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, and the University of Kentucky’s Gluck Equine Center.

Rick Hammerle
Senior Racing Official/Executive
Bio

Rick Hammerle

Senior Racing Official/Executive

Rick Hammerle is currently working for Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort in Hot Springs, Arkansas and Kentucky Downs in Franklin, Kentucky. As Racing Coordinator for Oaklawn, I work with Jason Milligan and Pat Pope in the Racing Department to help the meet be as best as it can be. This includes horse recruitment, filling of races and communication between the various horsemen groups. At Kentucky Downs I work with Ted Nicholson and Tyler Picklesimer as the overall management team of the facility and race meet. I have been a senior racing official/executive for over 30 years at tracks from coast to coast…including Gulfstream Park in Florida; Monmouth Park and Meadowlands in New Jersey; Golden Gate Fields, Del Mar & Santa Anita in California, Oaklawn Park in Arkansas and Kentucky Downs in Kentucky. As VP of Racing at Santa Anita, I directed the Racing Department for 16 years through 2018. I was an Adjunct Professor for the U of A RTIP program in the Fall of 2019 and have been the Racing Secretary for a record SEVEN Breeders’ Cup events. Former member of the Breeders’ Cup Selection Committee and current member of the Graded Stakes Committee. I have also been a weekly guest on ‘At The Races with Steve Byk’ (every Friday since 2005)…over 900 appearances. Moderator at 2019 Racing Symposium Attended U of A RTiP 1986-1988

Dan Hartman
Colorado Division of Gaming
Director of Gaming
Bio

Dan Hartman

Director of Gaming

Colorado Division of Gaming

Having worked for the Colorado Department of Revenue (DOR) in regulatory enforcement for over twenty-nine years, Dan Hartman brought an extensive background when joining the Colorado Division of Gaming. As Director of Gaming, he was responsible for leading the efforts to stand up the state’s Sports Betting program. Under Dan’s guidance and leadership, the Colorado Sports Betting program is considered one of the best in the nation for its regulatory framework and industry growth. Before coming to the Division of Gaming, Dan established the Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division as the Division’s first director. Colorado was the first state to begin regulation of this newly legalized industry, which put him at the forefront of one of the nation’s more controversial issues. Dan was the first person to build a regulatory framework and take marijuana from its illegal environment to a legal one. Dan began his career in regulatory law enforcement in 1992; he has worked as the Director of the Colorado Division of Gaming, Director of the Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division, Director of the Racing Events Division, and acting Director of the Liquor Enforcement Division. Also active nationally, Dan served as 2010 Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) and President of the North American Pari-Mutuel Regulators’ Association. He has received NAPRA’s Pacesetters Award (2003) and was an honored recipient of the RCI’s award for achievement and leadership: the Len Foote Award (2007).

Charles Hayward
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary
President/Publisher
Bio

Charles Hayward

President/Publisher

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary

Charles Hayward has been the President and Publisher of Thoroughbred Racing Commentary (TRC) since 2013. TRC is a website which publishes original content daily on international thoroughbred racing and breeding topics. Prior to that he was the President and CEO of the New York Racing Association for 8 years, SInce 2016, Hayward has also been President of Hayward Advisory Services, LLC, which provides strategic management consulting services to the thoroughbred racing industry.

Alex Kane
Sporttrade
Founder
Bio

Alex Kane

Founder

Sporttrade

Alexander is the founder of the firm and US sports betting expert. Alex has been featured in many top industry publications including EGR and Business of Betting, and has written about the US legal landscape in Bloomberg. Alex has secured $37m in total funding for Sporttrade and led the Company through the 2019 Comcast NBCU Accelerator Powered by Techstars.

Bill Knauf
Monmouth Park Racetrack & Sports Book
Vice President Business Operations
Bio

Bill Knauf

Vice President Business Operations

Monmouth Park Racetrack & Sports Book

Joined Monmouth Park 20 years ago in 1998 Held various positions in Marketing, Media and Operations - including oversight of pari-mutuel business, and most recently oversight of the Sports Book operations. Continued to develop Monmouth as a premier racetrack and entertainment destination, with a focus on our biggest race the Haskell, and managing the 2007 Breeders’ Cup. Graduate of Tufts University and Univ. of Arizona Race Track Industry Program Past Turf Publicists of America President and Vice President

Mike Lakow
The Stronach Group
Vice President of Racing
Bio

Mike Lakow

Vice President of Racing

The Stronach Group

Mike Lakow is the Vice President of Racing for the Stronach Group at Gulfstream Park. He is directly responsible for Stakes Schedule, Purse Schedule, Stall Allotments as well as overseeing the Racing Office and staff and working closely with all departments relating to racing and training at Gulfstream Park and Palm Meadows Training Center. Mike works closely with the Track Superintendents, Mutuels, Jockeys Room Horsemen's Groups and Track Veterinarians. In the past Mike has worked at the Racing Secretary for NYRA, The Director of Racing for Santa Anita, A Steward for both the Emirates Racing Authority and Calder Race Course, General Manager for Hill 'n' Dale Farms, CEO of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, Agent for Jockey Javier Castellano and Racing Official in multiple jurisdictions including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. He has served on multiple committees including the Graded Stakes Committee and the World Classification Committee and continues to serve on both the North American Ratings Committee as well as the Breeders' Cup Selection Committee.

Ed Martin
Association of Racing Commissioners International
CEO & President
Bio

Ed Martin

CEO & President

Association of Racing Commissioners International

For twenty-five years, Ed Martin of Saratoga Springs, NY and Tucson, AZ has been a leading figure in the regulation of horse racing in North America and Internationally Now in his sixteenth year as President/CEO of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI), Martin overseas the development of model rules and best practices for racing regulatory authorities. He is a recognized authority on horse racing regulation and has testified before both Houses of the U.S. Congress during their consideration of a racing regulatory restructuring in the U.S. Currently Martin is advising the newly formed Horse Racing Integrity and Safety Authority how to implement the new federal statute. In 2013, Martin was retained as an outside expert to perform an independent assessment of the Ontario Racing Commission for the Province of Ontario Ministry of Agriculture. That assessment resulted in a restructuring of the agency to better serve both the government, the public, and the regulated industry. The New Mexico Attorney General utilized Martin to provide an independent assessment of the conduct of its racing commission following the tragic death of a jockey thrown from his horse due to a fatal equine breakdown while crossing the finish line. That assessment resulted in a settlement of a wrongful death lawsuit and triggered numerous medication and doping reforms to be adopted in New Mexico. During his tenure as President of ARCI, uniform standards for totalizator systems, wagering security, drug testing laboratories, and national medication policy were developed and advanced. He expanded the involvement of regulatory attorneys, drug testing lab directors, regulatory veterinarians, instituted professional training sessions for racing regulators and staff and is a frequent instructor at continuing education programs. Martin is actively involved with key racing industry committees, including those affecting drug testing standards and practices, wagering systems security, driver and rider safety, and the education and training of racing officials. He was a founding director of the North American Racing Academy and currently serves as a Director of the Racing Officials Accreditation Program and the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium. He is a member of the Racing Committee of the American Horse Council and Technical Advisory Committee of the International Federation of Horse Racing Authorities. 2 Prior to joining the ARCI, he served as Executive Director of the New York State Racing and Wagering Board (1995-2005). In that capacity, he expanded investigations and introduced new tactics. He also oversaw investigations that: • Resulted in the federal felony indictment of the New York Racing Association and subsequent clean-up of irregularities in the mutual department; • Solved the computer hacking scheme that turned losing wagers into winning ones during the 2002 Breeders Cup; and, • Triggered a management overhaul at the Capitol Region Off-Track Betting Corporation. He also was instrumental in formalizing the Medication Advisory Panel with horsemen and track representatives, enacting rules to expand off track wagering to NY bars and restaurants, and mediated horsemen-track disputes. Martin has served as a Hearing Officer on many racing regulatory cases and his decisions have never been overturned in the courts.

Ann McGovern
Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority
Racetrack Safety Committee Director
Bio

Ann McGovern

Racetrack Safety Committee Director

Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority

Ann’s interest in horseracing began in high school when she was employed as an exercise rider, groom and hot walker during summer breaks. After graduating from West Virginia University she completed the Race Track Industry Program at the University of Arizona. Thanks to the RTIP she began her career as an intern at Louisiana Downs. She became the track’s assistant director of public relations and marketing before serving as the director of operations at Louisiana Downs’ sister track, Remington Park. She joined Sam Houston Race Park in 1994 as vice president of operations where she was responsible for mutuels, racing, track maintenance, food and beverage, admissions, parking, security, retail sales, and facilities management. In 2008, Ann headed to New Mexico to take on the role of president and general manager of Ruidoso Racetrack and Casino. In addition to managing racing and casino operations, Ann was also responsible for other company owned properties including a public golf course, community newspaper and five radio stations. Following her tenure at Ruidoso Downs, Ann retired from fulltime race track management and returned to Texas. Since then she has accepted select projects such as Kentucky Downs’ Historic Horse Racing expansion where she developed and implemented a human resource and hiring plan and oversaw their unique, all turf season for the following 7 years. She continues to assisting racetrack owners and investors during their due diligence and licensing, and work with architects, horsemen and contractors during the facility design and build-out process. Ann considers her current involvement with HISA a once in a lifetime opportunity to contribute to horseracing’s future.

Joe Moeller
Arizona Wildcat Sports Properties
General Manager
Bio

Joe Moeller

General Manager

Arizona Wildcat Sports Properties

Joe Moeller is in his ninth year as General Manager for Learfield at the University of Arizona. Thanks to a terrific team, Arizona Wildcat Sports Properties is recognized as one of the most successful property partnerships in college athletics. Having spent his entire career in fundraising, marketing, media and sponsorships, Moeller has acquired over $300 million in gifts and sponsorships; convinced the U.S. Navy to close San Diego Bay in 2008 & 2009 – the only times in history -- for the Red Bull Air Races; served as Co-General Manager of the 2008 U.S Open Golf Championship at Torrey Pines; and was part of early discussions with the DMTC to help bring the Breeder’s Cup to Del Mar. The Iowa native was captain of his University of South Dakota Men’s Basketball Team while earning his degree in Communications and also holds a Master’s diploma from that school in Tempe. Most important, he loves working in the business of sports and has made great friends around the globe doing it. Bear Down!

Andrew Moore
FanDuel Group
Vice President of Horse Racing Commercial
Bio

Andrew Moore

Vice President of Horse Racing Commercial

FanDuel Group

In 2007 Andrew joined the Paddy Power betting brand (a Flutter owned company) in his native Ireland, his initial role was as a odds compiler and trader of horse racing events, since then Andrew has worked in assorted roles and departments for different Flutter brands and has gained a deep knowledge and experience of the wider gaming space. He moved to Los Angeles in 2018 to work for the TVG brand and was heavily involved with the launch of the FanDuel Sportsbook post PASPA, Andrew currently manages the TVG and FanDuel Racing ADW businesses with a focus on growing horse racing wagering working closely with horse racing industry partners, and the FanDuel Groups Sportsbook, Casino, and Fantasy verticals.

Andrew Offerman
Canterbury Park
Sr. Vice President of Racing Operation
Bio

Andrew Offerman

Sr. Vice President of Racing Operation

Canterbury Park

Andrew Offerman is the Sr. Vice President of Racing Operations for Canterbury Park, a racetrack and card casino located 25 minutes southwest of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Metro Area in Shakopee, Minnesota. In his current role, Mr. Offerman is responsible for Canterbury Park's racing and parimutuel wagering operations including oversight of the racing office, track maintenance, security, vehicle maintenance, grounds and landscaping, racing media relations, pari-mutuel player development and broadcast production. Mr. Offerman received his M.S. from the University of Arizona's Race Track Industry Program in 2010 and has spent his entire professional career at Canterbury Park beginning his career as a Racing Operations and Marketing Analyst and progressing through numerous Racing Operations roles until being promoted to his current position in October 2021. Mr. Offerman serves on the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program's Advisory Committee, the Minnesota Racing Commission's Breeders' Fund Advisory Committee and the American Quarter Horse Association's Racing Committee. He is the current chair of the AQHA Racing Challenge Task Force and is Canterbury Park's Alternate Director for the Thoroughbred Racing Associations of North America.

David O’Rourke
The New York Racing Association, Inc.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Bio

David O’Rourke

President & Chief Executive Officer

The New York Racing Association, Inc.

David O’Rourke is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA). O’Rourke joined NYRA as director of financial planning in 2008 and was named vice president for corporate development in 2010. In 2013, he was appointed chief revenue officer and senior vice president. Prior to joining NYRA, O’Rourke was a member of the Zolfo Cooper and Capstone Advisory Group Corporate Restructuring Practices, specializing in multiple operational and financial reorganization efforts in the real estate development, gaming, auto manufacturing, retailing, and shipping industries. He also served as vice president of operations at Datek Online and was instrumental in helping the company develop into the world’s fourth largest online brokerage. O’Rourke is a member of the NYRA Board of Directors. He also serves on the board of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and the Thoroughbred Racing Associations of America; and a member of the Saratoga Race Course Local Advisory Board, and the management committee of Equibase Company.

Frank Douglas (Doug) Reed
Racing, Gaming & Entertainment LLC
Principal
Bio

Frank Douglas (Doug) Reed

Principal

Racing, Gaming & Entertainment LLC

PRINCIPAL, RACING, GAMING & ENTERTAINMENT LLC, SENIOR PARI-MUTUEL ASSOCIATE, SPECTRUM GAMING GROUP LECTURER EMERITUS & FORMER DIRECTOR, UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA, RACE TRACK INDUSTRY PROGRAM Doug Reed has over 40 years’ experience in the racing, gaming and entertainment sector. He focuses on operations, strategic planning, and innovation. Currently Principal for Racing, Gaming & Entertainment LLC a horse racing, racino and entertainment consulting company, and Senior Pari-Mutuel Associate for Spectrum Gaming Group. Doug is a former director of the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program (RTIP), Reed also has extensive experience as a racing official, track executive and racing and gaming industry consultant. He was affiliated with the RTIP for 22 years and responsible for all aspects of the racing program and annual Symposium on Racing. Prior to joining the University of Arizona, Reed was vice president of Santa Fe Racing, Inc., which operated two pari-mutuel tracks in New Mexico. He also spent many years as a racing official, including serving as racing secretary at Arlington Park, Oaklawn Park and Rockingham Park. Reed has been a featured speaker and presenter at a variety of industry conferences, seminars and events, including events hosted by the Asian Racing Conference, Gaming, Racing & Wagering Australia, Association of Racing Commissioners International, Harness Horsemen International, International Simulcast Conference, National Council for Legislators from Gaming States and the International Conference of Gambling & Risk Taking. He has helped organizations like University of Arizona, National HBPA, Racetracks of Canada, New Mexico State University, United States Trotting Association, and others with strategic planning. He received his undergraduate degree in mathematics from Albright College, and an MBA from the University of Arizona, Eller School of Management.

Josh Rubinstein
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
President and Chief Operating Officer
Bio

Josh Rubinstein

President and Chief Operating Officer

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club

Josh Rubinstein has worn many hats over the years for the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and in the process has had a say in developing a variety of the reasons that Del Mar, the Southern California seaside track that DMTC runs, is among the most successful in the world. Mr. Rubinstein was first named DMTC’s Manager of Sponsorship and Broadcasting in 1997, then became its Director of Marketing in 2003. In 2008, he was promoted to Senior Vice President, Development and in 2013 assumed the titles of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In 2018 he was named DMTC’s President while retaining the role of COO. Mr. Rubinstein spearheaded the creation, implementation and successful negotiation of Del Mar into its present role as the leading racetrack in America for corporate sponsorships, many of them blue-chip brands that have entered long-term relationships with the track. He also helped develop several innovative marketing programs, including Del Mar’s popular concert series that has proven a strong lure for its extensive youth and female demographic. Further, he has been a key player directing Del Mar’s award-winning simulcast broadcasts, as well as a series of its lucrative partnerships, including those for Advanced Deposit Wagering. Among his industry assignments for the track are positions on the Equibase Management Committee, as a director and secretary of the Thoroughbred Racing Association and a board member of both the California Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Foundation and the Southern California Off-Track Wagering Association. Additionally he is part of the California Stabling & Vanning Committee and the California Thoroughbred Business League. Mr. Rubinstein was born in New York City and raised both there and in San Diego. Following his graduation from San Diego State University in 1994, his first job was with ABC Sports headquartered in New York as a production coordinator on the network’s various sports telecasts between 1995 and 1997. Subsequently, he shifted to his career and various roles at Del Mar. He currently resides in the Mission Hills district of San Diego.

Charles Scheeler
Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Bio

Charles Scheeler

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority

Charles Scheeler is an independent director from Maryland who was elected chair of the board during the inaugural board meeting. Scheeler is a retired partner at DLA Piper. He has an extensive legal career in the private and public sector. Prior to joining DLA Piper, Scheeler was a federal prosecutor in the US Attorney’s Office and served as lead counsel to former Senator George Mitchell in his investigation of performance-enhancing substance use in Major League Baseball. Scheeler also has extensive experience investigating and monitoring Division I athletics programs’ compliance with the National College Athletics Association.

Chris Scherf
Bio

Chris Scherf

His more than 40 years of experience in pari-mutuel racing spans from the introduction of cash/sell tote machines to the almost boundary-less wagering options of today, from Secretariat to Knicks Go, and from racing’s near national monopoly on legalized wagering to the proliferation of competition from casinos and sports wagering. Prior to joining the media relations department of the New York Racing Association in 1978, he was United Press International’s national racing editor, covering Seattle Slew’s Triple Crown, Ruffian’s tragic match race, and the first million-dollar yearling sold at Keeneland. After joining the Thoroughbred Racing Associations in 1982, he became its Executive Vice-President in 1988 when simulcasting was still conducted via separate pools. At the time, neither tote technology nor state laws and/or regulations permitted merged pools between jurisdictions, but by 1991 the Breeders’ Cup conducted the first National Pick-7 (via facsimile and telecopier machines) and a year later the TRA introduced a Best-7 Wager merged electronically on races from six different tracks. Simultaneously, the TRA and The Jockey Club formed Equibase to collect and disseminate the race date required for unfettered simulcasting. At the time of his retirement in 2017, he also had been serving for years on the Racing Advisory Committee of the American Horse Council and as a vice president of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium.

Dr. Susan Stover
Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority
Racetrack Safety Committee Chair
Bio

Dr. Susan Stover

Racetrack Safety Committee Chair

Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority

Dr. Susan Stover is an industry director from California who chairs the Racetrack Safety Standing Committee of the Authority. Stover is a professor of surgical and radiological science and the University of California, Davis and an expert in clinical equine surgery and lameness. Her research investigates the prevalence, distribution and morphology of equine stress fractures, risk factors and injury prevention, as well as the impact of equine injuries on human welfare.

Ylva Svensson
ATG
As Head of International Sales
Bio

Ylva Svensson

As Head of International Sales

ATG

Joined ATG 2017 as International Key Account Manager. Since September 2019 responsible for International Operations at ATG. ATG is one of Sweden´s premiere gambling and entertainment companies, own by the Swedish Trotting and Gallop Associations. All profit is returned to ATG´s owners in order to sustain the wellbeing of a strong and independent sport. Since 2019 we ATG also offers sports betting and online casino. As Head of International Sales Ylva is responsible for international partnerships and is also a part of ATG´s Executive Management Team. Until 2021 international business only focused on horse racing but starting now ATG can also offer a pool betting product on sport where international commingling is an opportunity. Ylva wants to established the International Department as a more important part of the ATG business with heightened awareness of the potential of international cooperation. Prior to ATG Ylva has many years of experience from the FMCG area working with international brands on the domestic market in Sweden. She knows all about entertainment brands and franchises like Marvel, Star Wars and Universal Studios from her years working for a leading licensing agency covering Nordic and Eastern Europe. Ylva has a Master of Cultural Studies from Stockholm University

Mike Tanner
United States Trotting Association
Executive Vice President/Chief Executive Officer
Bio

Mike Tanner

Executive Vice President/Chief Executive Officer

United States Trotting Association

Mike Tanner is the executive vice president/chief executive officer of the USTA. Tanner is the ninth EVP in the organization’s history. Tanner came to the Association following a stint as the director of racing operations at Harrah’s Chester Casino & Racetrack (October 2005-December 2008). Previously, Tanner held a variety of positions in Thoroughbred racing at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla., from 1993-2005, including director of marketing, media and simulcasting; assistant to the president; and director of communications. He performed special assignments at various Magna Entertainment Corp. holdings, did additional work for the Breeders’ Cup from 2001-2003, and was a member of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Technology Group’s communications task force in 2002. He began his management career in 1992 at Ladbroke Detroit Race Course. Tanner sits on a variety of industry-related boards of directors, including those of the American Horse Council and University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program. Since his start at the USTA, he has been honored with the Lewis Barasch Breakthrough Award (2008),the John Hervey Award for outstanding harness racing column (2012), and the Harness Horsemen International’s “Dominic Frinzi Person of The Year” (2015). Tanner graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1988. He completed graduate work in clinical psychology at Bowling Green State University from 1989-1991, and subsequently obtained a Master of Business Administration degree from The Ohio State University. He and his wife, Gail, reside in Blacklick, Ohio.

Najja Thompson
New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB)
Executive Director
Bio

Najja Thompson

Executive Director

New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB)

Najja Thompson is Executive Director of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB), which serves as the unified voice of Thoroughbred breeders in the State of New York. NYTB works to enhance the status of New York-breds and promote the economic impact that breeders and racing contribute to New York. It does so in part by serving as an advocate for the industry in New York’s complex political environment. Thompson joined NYTB in 2020, after nearly a decade of experience in marketing, communications, and human resources at the New York Racing Association. Thompson also serves as vice-president of the Turf Publicists of America. A graduate of Florida State University, Thompson developed his passion for Thoroughbred racing after being introduced to the sport by his uncle, a small breeder in Florida. Growing up attending racetracks in both Florida and New York, he followed his passion to work in the industry.

Janet VanBebber
American Quarter Horse Association
Chief Racing Officer
Bio

Janet VanBebber

Chief Racing Officer

American Quarter Horse Association

Janet VanBebber is the Chief Racing Officer for the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA). VanBebber is responsible for planning, directing and coordinating the racing department, Racing Challenge and related programs. Janet plays a key role in developing and implementing programs and objectives to promote the advancement of Quarter Horse racing across the globe. VanBebber’s resume boasts a long and successful career training and racing American Quarter Horses. The former owner of VanBebber Racing Stables of Ledbetter, Texas, she has a long history of involvement with American Quarter Horses and Quarter Horse racing and is well known as being one of the industry’s most accomplished trainers. In 2011, she became the first female trainer to eclipse the 1,000th career win mark and she is the leading female trainer by money earned. Her resume also included being the recipient of the 2002 AQHA Mildred n. Vessels Special Achievement Award. Her career includes training world champion TAILOR FIT, who remains ranked as one of the breed’s top money earners-15 years after his final race. In addition to owning VanBebber Racing Stables of Ledbetter, Texas, Janet has been on the board of directors for both the Texas Quarter Horse Association and the Texas HBPA, while also owning and managing other horse related enterprises.

Fritz Widaman
NTRA Advantage
Vice President of Sales
Bio

Fritz Widaman

Vice President of Sales

NTRA Advantage

Fritz has more than 35 years of experience in the Thoroughbred industry. Born in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains overlooking Santa Anita Park, Fritz grew up around the family stable of Thoroughbreds. He started working at Santa Anita Park while in high school, attended the UA RTIP program and later held key marketing and sales positions at Longacres Racetrack, Hollywood Park and Ruidoso Downs, where he was introduced to the Quarter Horse side of racing. In 2003, Fritz moved to Kentucky to join the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), where for the past five years he has directed John Deere equine sales throughout Kentucky and the northeast. In 2020, Fritz was appointed Vice President of Sales for NTRA Advantage covering North America.

Amy Zimmerman
Santa Anita Park
SVP & Executive Producer
Bio

Amy Zimmerman

SVP & Executive Producer

Santa Anita Park

Amy J. Zimmerman is the SVP & Executive Producer for Santa Anita Park and a member of Santa Anita's staff since 1986. She also is a staff producer for NBC Sports’ horse racing coverage, including all three Triple Crown races since 2001, and for the network’s coverage of the Breeders’ Cup, a position she has held on every Breeders' Cup telecast since 1988 (including six years with ABC/ESPN). Amy has won every major award associated with television and horse racing - most more than once: 28 Eclipse Awards as Executive Producer, Producer or Associate Producer (2020-2001, 1999, 1996); two Sports Emmy Awards (2008, 1992); 12 Regional Emmy Awards (2013-2010, 2008); four International Simulcast Awards (2016-2015, 2001-2000) and a 2019 Telly Award. A veteran of four Olympics, Amy produced the Equestrian events for NBC Sports for the 2020 & 2016 Olympics and Curling for the 2018 Winter Olympics. She has produced other sports for NBC, Fox and ESPN, including Gymnastics at the 2008 Olympics, Auto Racing, and Olympic features and documentaries. She was the Executive Producer & Senior Vice President, Production & Programming of HRTV from its inception in 2002 through the 2015 sale to TVG and has overseen the management of XBTV.com since late 2018. Amy has been honored as the 2016 Distinguished Citizen of the Year by Alpha Gamma Delta; the 2014 Old Hilltop Award for covering Thoroughbred racing with excellence and distinction; the prestigious Penny Chenery Distinguished Woman in Racing Award in 2011; and as an Outstanding Woman in California Thoroughbred Racing by the California State Legislature in 2004, the first year the state honored such individuals. She was among the inaugural Thoroughbred Times Women of Influence of Top 25 Women” in 2010; is a Vice President of the Turf Publicists Association; a member of the Selection Committee for the National Racing Museum Hall of Fame’s Pillars of the Turf; a voting member of the National Racing Museum Hall of Fame; a member of the selection committee for the annual Secretariat Vox Populi Award; and a member of the Board of Trustees of the California Thoroughbred Foundation (2015-present).