Speakers

Tony Allevato
The New York Racing Association, Inc.
Chief Revenue Officer/President - NYRA Bets
Bio

Tony Allevato

Chief Revenue Officer/President - NYRA Bets

The New York Racing Association, Inc.

Chief Revenue Officer President of NYRA Bets - NYRA TV 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.

Bob Baffert
Bob Baffert Racing
Trainer
Bio

Bob Baffert

Trainer

Bob Baffert Racing

Recognized as one of the most successful trainers in the history of horse racing, Bob Baffert started his career with Quarter Horses. He has registered a plethora of major stakes victories and has received numerous awards and accolades. Baffert credits his drive to succeed and an uncanny ability to elicit an equine athlete’s best. In 2009, he was inducted into Thoroughbred racing’s Hall of Fame. Baffert is also an RTIP alum.

Michael Behrens
MyRacehorse.com
Founder and CEO
Bio

Michael Behrens

Founder and CEO

MyRacehorse.com

Michael Behrens is the founder of MyRacehorse.com the first ever fully securities compliant micro-share racehorse ownership platform.

Micro-shares allow racing fans to buy equity stakes in top Thoroughbreds via a hyper fractional interest. A former marketing and advertising executive with Casper, one of the fastest growing direct to consumer brands ever, Michael turned his attention to Thoroughbred ownership in 2017.

As CEO of MyRacehorse his responsibilities include securities compliance, owner relations, track and industry partnerships and product development.

Dr. Dionne Benson
The Stronach Group
Chief Veterinary Officer
Bio

Dr. Dionne Benson

Chief Veterinary Officer

The Stronach Group

Dr. Dionne Benson has been the Executive Director of Racing Medication and Testing Consortium since 2012. The RMTC is made up of 23 different industry stakeholder organizations that represent Thoroughbred, Standardbred, Quarter Horse and Arabian. Its purpose is to help uphold the integrity of racing. Dr. Benson’s duties include growing the National Uniform Medication Program, managing the RMTC’s program to accredit horse racing testing labs, directing funding for research in equine drug testing, and educating industry participants as well as fans on the subject of equine medications and drug testing.

Dr. Benson, a Minnesota native, is a graduate of the University of Minnesota’s Veterinary Program. She completed an internship at the world renowned Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky. During that internship she worked as a hospital intern rotating through surgery, medicine, and anesthesia. Prior to vet school Dr. Benson was a practicing lawyer for eight years both as in-house counsel and in litigation at a law firm. She graduated with her law degree from The William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul. Dr. Benson completed her undergraduate work at the University of Minnesota.

She is a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, and she serves on the board of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association’s Safety and Integrity Board.

Doug Burge
California Thoroughbred Breeders Association
President
Bio

Doug Burge

President

California Thoroughbred Breeders Association

Doug Burge has been president of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) for 25 years. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky class of 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He continued his education at the University of Louisville, receiving a certificate of equine administration in 1995. During his tenure as president of the CTBA, he has also served on various advisory and oversight boards throughout the California horse industry.

Steve Byk
SiriusXM Satellite Radio
Host- ‘At the Races with Steve Byk'
Bio

Steve Byk

Host- ‘At the Races with Steve Byk'

SiriusXM Satellite Radio

Race writer-broadcaster Steve Byk joined At the Races and Beyond on SiriusXM Satellite Radio in 2005 and began hosting At the Races with Steve Byk in 2007. Heard Monday-Friday 9:00am -12:00pm ET on Sirius 220 & XM 206, At the Races is thoroughbred racing’s longest running national daily news and talk show and features a roster of the leading voices in the game from virtually every perspective. Steve enjoyed a 30 year career in Consumer Packaged Goods Sales and Marketing with Proctor & Gamble, Groupe Danone and TPK7 Marketing, his own brand development company. He launched DerbyTrail.com in 2003 where his feature writing, race previews and editorials attracted a loyal following which led to At the Races. He, trainers Chuck Simon and Gary Sciacca introduced Dee Tee Stables in 2006 as a way to bring fans into the game as owners at a minimal cost and have converted more than 125 casual fans and horse players into owners while winning races at Saratoga, Belmont, Aqueduct, Delaware, Turfway and Parx. Steve is a passionate advocate for the industry at all levels and strives daily on the radio and in all his activities to deliver a positive message about the sport to the stakeholders, horseplayer and casual fan.

Jill Byrne
Colonial Downs
Vice President of Racing Operations
Bio

Jill Byrne

Vice President of Racing Operations

Colonial Downs

Jill Byrne is the Vice President of Racing Operations at Colonial Downs. She is responsible for the leadership and management of all racing operations including pari-mutuel and simulcast programs for live racing and the Rosie's Gaming Emporiums and VA Horseplay OTB's in Virginia. Jill oversees the operations of the racing office, television broadcast and production, the stable area as well as both track surfaces. Ms. Byrne works directly with the VRC ( Virginia Racing Commission) VHBPA and VTA (Virginia Thoroughbred Association) to advance and ensure the safety and integrity of Colonial Downs racing and promote the thoroughbred industry in Virginia and nationwide. She has been instrumental in initiating and enacting safety and medication reforms at the Virginia track.

Jill grew up in a the horse industry, her father Peter Howe, trained two Eclipse Awards winners and was leading trainer on the New York circuit. She began riding racehorses at the age of 12 and after college at The University of Virginia returned to the racetrack eventually becoming assistant trainer and head exercise rider for her father, Hall Of Fame trainer Scotty Schulhofer, and eventually to then husband Patrick Byrne during the Eclipse Championship seasons of Favorite Trick and Countess Diana. Jill's broad knowledge and extensive background in the horse racing industry landed her a job at TVG as a broadcast analyst and reporter for the network's premier racing coverage and acclaimed The Works Show. She was hired by Churchill Downs as the simulcast host and analyst, before being promoted to Director of Broadcast and Production for the home of The Kentucky Derby where she oversaw all live and simulcast content and the building of a new tv production studio and complete infrastructure renovation for broadcast. Jill joined the Breeders' Cup in 2017 as their Senior Director of Industry Relations, managing the Win and You're In Challenge Series program and production of the Players Show simulcast.

Ms Byrne represents Colonial Downs in the Mid Atlantic Racetracks and their Strategic Plan to Reduce Equine Fatalities amongst other common goals by all these tracks to provide a safe environment for equine and human athletes. She is a supporter of the TAA and other equine aftercare organizations.

Jeffrey Cannizzo
New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc.
Executive Director
Bio

Jeffrey Cannizzo

Executive Director

New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc.

Jeffrey A. Cannizzo has served as Executive Director of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. since 2008. Previously, he had a successful 10-year career, working in business development and management consulting for Lockheed Martin, Dell and Microsoft.
As a third-generation horseman from the Finger Lakes Region of New York State, Mr. Cannizzo, whose family has been involved with the Thoroughbred industry for 50 years, has advocated for the industry in New York’s complex political environment. He has publicly testified multiple times on behalf of Thoroughbred interests and those of breeders and horsemen. In the last 10 years, Mr. Cannizzo has been instrumental in directing movements through the most challenging times for New York Thoroughbred Breeding and Racing; and his perseverance and leadership have helped pave a way forward for New York.

Mr. Cannizzo is a member of the Board of Directors of the New York State Thoroughbred Breeding & Development Fund. In 2010, Mr. Cannizzo was named to the Thoroughbred Times’ inaugural “40 Under 40” list of industry leaders, in 2010. In 2014, he was recognized by The Albany Business Review’s “40 Under 40” for making a difference in New York State businesses and communities.

Mr. Cannizzo received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Le Moyne College and earned a Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.) in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix.

Dan Coon
Charles E. Coon & Sons Inc.
Vice President
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Patrick Cummings
Thoroughbred Idea Foundation
Executive Director
Bio

Patrick Cummings

Executive Director

Thoroughbred Idea Foundation

Patrick Cummings is the Executive Director of the Thoroughbred Idea Foundation (TIF). A former executive with the Hong Kong Jockey Club and racing technology and data provider Trakus, Pat has been involved in racing for the last two decades in a variety of media and communications roles. He joined TIF following a three-year stint leading the HKJC’s racing public affairs division and has a wealth of international racing experience.
Cummings, originally from Philadelphia, earned his MBA from Baylor University in 2011 and his undergraduate degree at Dickinson College in 2002. He also covered Dubai racing for a number of outlets for nearly a decade. Cummings has enjoyed the thrill of horse ownership through several syndicates and is a current member of Kentucky-based Brilliant Racing and South Africa’s Onamission Syndicate.

Michael Dickinson
Tapeta Footings Inc.
President
Bio
Chris Dobbins
InCompass Solutions
Vice President, Business Development
Bio

Chris Dobbins

Vice President, Business Development

InCompass Solutions

Chris Dobbins joined InCompass Solutions in the fall of 2011 to become the Business Development Manager after serving as Senior Wagering Analyst for the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau since 2006. Chris was promoted to Vice President in 2014. During his tenure at InCompass Solutions Chris has been responsible for overseeing the development of Track Manager (previously RTO), Interactive Racing Office, the growth of the International Track Manager system as well as many other new tools and products offered from InCompass Solutions.
Prior to InCompass Solutions, Chris was responsible for the continued development and daily review of analytic reports autonomously generated through TRPB’s Betting Analysis Platform. He worked closely with representatives of all TRA-member racetrack associations. Prior to joining the TRPB, he was Simulcast Manager at Sam Houston Race Park and has held many various managerial positions, including Director of Racing and Simulcasting and Racing Secretary along with other various Racing Official duties.
Dobbins has served on the TRA 2050 Committee and has made frequent presentations on pari-mutuel wagering matters to organizations including the University of Louisville’s Steward’s Accreditation School, Racing Officials Accreditation Program, Organization of Racing Investigators, TRA/HTA International Simulcast Conference, and the Middle Atlantic-Great Lakes Organized Crime Law Enforcement Network in association with the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

Everett Dobson
American Graded Stakes Committee
Executive Chairman
Bio

Everett Dobson

Executive Chairman

American Graded Stakes Committee

Everett Dobson lives in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Currently he serves as Executive Chairman of Dobson Technologies, which operates a 3,300 mile fiber optic network throughout Oklahoma and Texas.

Dobson’s other business investments include ownership of Oak Tree National golf club in Edmond, OK, numerous real estate ventures and a minority interest in the Oklahoma City Thunder NBA team.

Dobson owns Candy Meadows LLC, a thoroughbred breeding farm in central Kentucky and Cheyenne Stables LLC, a thoroughbred racing stable. Dobson is on the Board of Trustees for the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, serves on the Executive committee and is Chairman of the American Graded Stakes committee. He is a member of the Board of Stewards for The Jockey Club and a member of The Breeders’ Cup Ltd. Dobson is also a Trustee of the Keeneland Association.

Irwin Driedger
Jockeys Benefit Association Canada
Executive Director
Bio

Irwin Driedger

Executive Director

Jockeys Benefit Association Canada

Irwin Driedger has been in the horse racing industry for the past 47 years. He began as a jockey at the age of 16 in 1972 in Manitoba. In 1979, he was recognized in his home province as Manitoba Athlete of the Year. He rode horses across North America in subsequent years and was the leading jockey in Canada in 1981 with 221 wins and leading percentage rider in North America in the same year. He was recognized for this accomplishment, winning a Sovereign Award for Outstanding Jockey in Canada in 1981. In 1998 the Avelino Gomez Award for Contribution to the Sport of Horse Racing, was also awarded to Irwin. Upon retiring from riding in 1990, Irwin applied his horse racing experience as the Manager of the Jockeys’ Benefit Association of Canada until 2006, representing and advocating for jockeys across Canada. During this time, Irwin was successful in leading institution of safety vests for jockeys at Woodbine Racetrack, the first North American track to do so. From 2006 to 2019, Irwin worked for Woodbine Entertainment Group, as the Director of Thoroughbred Racing Surfaces and Fleet. During this tenure, he furthered his leadership skills managing human, financial and material resources; and developed expertise in maintenance of synthetic, turf and dirt racing surfaces. He oversaw the conversion of Polytrack to Tapeta in 2015-16; and planning and installation of the inner turf 7/8 mile course in 2018. Since the spring of 2019, Irwin is back with Jockeys’ Benefit Association of Canada, as Executive Director, providing leadership and continuing to advocate for jockeys and the sport, as horse racing evolves with changing times.

Dr. Jennifer Durenberger
The New York Racing Association
Chief Examining Veterinarian
Bio

Dr. Jennifer Durenberger

Chief Examining Veterinarian

The New York Racing Association

Dr. Durenberger first began working on the racetrack in 1991 as a veterinary assistant at what was then Canterbury Downs in Shakopee, MN. She received her veterinary degree from Cornell University in 2002. Following an internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, KY and a short time in private practice, Dr. Durenberger went back to the racetrack. She was employed as an association veterinarian for the New York Racing Association (“NYRA”) from 2003-2008. She left New York for California in 2008, working as Commission veterinarian for the California Horse Racing Board from 2008-2010 while completing a law degree. Following a term as an association steward at Delta Downs in Louisiana, Dr. Durenberger accepted the position of Director of Racing for the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. Serving in that capacity from 2012-2015, she oversaw and was the responsible regulatory authority for all pari-mutuel and racing-related activities at the Commonwealth’s Standardbred, Thoroughbred, and simulcasting facilities. She returned to Canterbury Park in 2016 as a steward for the Minnesota Racing Commission, then re-joined NYRA in 2017 with the title Chief Examining Veterinarian. Dr. Durenberger currently serves as the Jockey Club Steward at the New York Racing Association tracks and operates an industry consulting business, Racing Matters.

Dr. Durenberger is an accredited steward and member of the Racing Officials Accreditation Program Education Committee. An at-large member of the ROAP executive board, she also serves on the American Association of Equine Practitioners Ethics and Professional Conduct Committee and numerous other industry task forces.

Debbie Easter
Virginia Thoroughbred Association
Executive Director
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Dan Fick
Racing Officals Accreditation Program
Senior Steward
Bio

Dan Fick

Senior Steward

Racing Officals Accreditation Program

An alumnus of the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program, Dan began his career in horse racing at the American Quarter Horse Association in 1981 as the Assistant Director of Racing and was promoted to the position of Executive Director of Racing in 1984. In March of 2003, Dan was named the Executive Vice President and Executive Director of The Jockey Club in Lexington, Kentucky. In 2010, Dan retired from The Jockey Club and began a second career as a racing official accepting a position as State Steward with the Indiana Horse Racing Commission working at Indiana Downs and Hoosier Park. In 2011, he was hired as the Director of Racing/Racing Secretary at Remington Park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. In 2013, Dan returned to the stewards’ stand as a State Steward at Suffolk Downs in Boston, and worked as Association Steward at Prairie Meadows Race Track & Casino in Altoona, Iowa from 2015-2017. Dan is also an association management consultant who has done strategic planning facilitation for a number of horse industry organizations including the Race Track Chaplaincy of America of which he is a past-president and director emeritus. Dan and his wife, Cynthia moved to Frankfort, Kentucky in May. Their children, Colton and Danica live in Louisville and Lexington, respectively.

Alan Foreman
Thoroughbred Horsemen's Associations, Inc
Chairman and CEO
Bio
Marshall Gramm
Rhodes College
Professor and Chair, Department of Economics
Bio

Marshall Gramm

Professor and Chair, Department of Economics

Rhodes College

Dr. Marshall Gramm is Professor and Chair of the Department of Economics at Rhodes College. He has over a dozen academic publications related to the sport of horse racing in journals including the Southern Economic Journal, Applied Economics, The American Journal of Economics and Sociology, and The Journal of Gambling Business and Economics. An avid horseplayer, Marshall finished 9th at the 2019 National Handicapping Championships and was 5th in the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge. He has qualified the last six years for the National Handicapping Championships (NHC). Marshall has been an owner of race horses since he claimed his first horse in 2008. He was managing partner of High Point Thoroughbred Partners (HPTP), the 9th leading owner by wins in 2013. HPTP won the Owners Title that year at Parx Racing and Monmouth Park. He co-founded Ten Strike Racing in 2016 with former HPTP partner Clay Sanders. Since then Ten Strike Racing has over 275 wins at 24 different racetracks. Ten Strike Racing has won 11 stakes races and won the Owners Title at Parx Racing in 2016 and 2017. Marshall has also bred four stakes horses from his modest broodmare band. He is on the board of the Thoroughbred Idea Foundation (TIF) and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA). Marshall holds a B.A. from Rice University and Ph.D. in Economics from Texas A&M University

Kevin Grigsby
TVG & TVG2
Executive Producer & VP of Programming
Bio

Kevin Grigsby

Executive Producer & VP of Programming

TVG & TVG2

Kevin Grigsby is the Executive Producer and SVP of Television for TVG and TVG2 (formally HRTV). Kevin has been with TVG for more than twenty years, overseeing production of more than 10,000 hours of live television each year, including broadcasting more than 60,000 unique horse races from around the world. Kevin was one of TVG’s original producers and since the network’s launch in 1999, he has moved up the ranks from Producer to Senior Producer to VP of Programming to Executive Producer, finally adding SVP of Television to his duties. Kevin’s job is creating and executing TV programming that grows all source betting revenues for TVG and its race track partners. While using his institutional knowledge and historical experience, Kevin also uses data and analytics to create live television that has proven to not only grow all-source betting revenues, but also increase viewer ratings and improve engagement for the sport. In addition to Kevin’s TVG duties, he is also accountable for content development within the FanDuel Group. This involves overseeing the creation and production of video content for sports betting and daily fantasy sports customers around the country, including within the 7 million customer FanDuel database.

Rick Hammerle
Oaklawn
Racing Coordinator
Bio

Rick Hammerle

Racing Coordinator

Oaklawn

Rick Hammerle will begin a new chapter in his storied career within the racing industry as the racing coordinator at Oaklawn Park this January. He is an RTIP alum and has worn many hats throughout the racing industry.
Prior to his new position at Oaklawn, Hammerle served as director of horsemen’s relations at Kentucky Downs in 2019. This was after a fifteen-year stint as vice president and racing secretary at Santa Anita Park. Throughout the years, he has also spent time at Del Mar, Golden Gate, Gulfstream, Meadowlands, and Monmouth Park.
Hammerle also has multiple past professional associations. He has served on the Graded Stakes Committee, the Breeder’s Cup Selection Committee, and the National Safety Alliance Advisory Committee. He is a frequent guest on At the Races with Steve Byk, and he is a member in good standing with the Screen Actors Guild. During the University of Arizona's Fall 2019 semester, Hammerle served as an interim professor for the Race Track Industry Program.

Jake Henson
The Betmakers
Chief Operating Officer
Bio
Jonathan Kinchen
In The Money Media
Chief Creative Officer
Bio

Jonathan Kinchen

Chief Creative Officer

In The Money Media

Jonathon Kinchen is the Chief Creative Officer of In The Money Media, co-host of the In The Money Players’ Podcast, and on-air analyst for NYRA/Fox Sports.

He is the 2015 NHC Tour Champion, longtime podcast co-host, and a finalist for the ABR Fans Choice Awards for his work with the ITM Players’ Podcast and he is also nominated for “Best Broadcaster/Analyst”.

Jonathon Kinchen is also a member of the Breeders’ Cup Wagering Committee and is also a member of the NTRA NHC Players’ Committee.

Glen Kozak
The New York Racing Association, Inc.
Senior Vice President, Operations & Capital Projects
Bio

Glen Kozak

Senior Vice President, Operations & Capital Projects

The New York Racing Association, Inc.

As Senior Vice President, Operations & Capital Projects, Glen Kozak oversees the New York Racing Association’s facility and track operations, which encompasses a $50 million operating budget for the maintenance of Belmont Park, Saratoga Race Course and Aqueduct Racetrack, including all 14 racing surfaces and fleet equipment. In addition to his daily operational responsibilities, Glen is responsible for directing $34 million worth of annual capital improvement projects which are geared towards improving NYRA’s safety measures, operational efficiencies, and revenue generating areas. Prior to joining NYRA in 2008, Kozak worked for the Maryland Jockey Club where he served as Vice President of Facilities & Racing Surfaces. In this role, Kozak was responsible for the maintenance and planning of facility operations, as well as the fleet and racing surfaces at Laurel Park, Pimlico Race Course and Bowie Training Center. At Laurel Park, Kozak was part of a group that took part in a $30 million project that rebuilt the turf and dirt tracks. At Pimlico, home of the Preakness Stakes, he was involved in the construction of the track’s turf-side dining pavilion, Corporate Village, Top of the Stretch, and the Clubhouse Turn Suites. Before joining the Maryland Jockey Club, Kozak served as the Track Superintendent at Suffolk Downs in Boston, Massachusetts. Mr. Kozak also serves on various industry boards and committees. He is a member of the Jockey Club’s Grayson Welfare and Safety Committee for Racing Surfaces and also serves on the board of directors for the Racing Surfaces Laboratory.

TK Kuegler
Wasabi Ventures Stables
Founder and Managing Partner
Bio

TK Kuegler

Founder and Managing Partner

Wasabi Ventures Stables

TK Kuegler is the Founder and Managing Partner of Wasabi Ventures Stables, a company dedicated to breeding and racing world class thoroughbreds and bringing that ownership experience to new fans in an affordable, transparent manner. Wasabi Ventures Stables uses technology and modern marketing initiatives to grow its member base to over 400 active members in just 2 years.

TK Kuegler has spent the last 25 years founding and investing technology startup companies. He is the co-founder of Wasabi Ventures, one of the most active venture capital firms in the U.S.

Besides being a lifelong fan of Thoroughbred racing, TK Kuegler now serves on the executive committee of the Maryland Horse Breeders Association.

J. Curtis Linnell
Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau
Executive Vice President
Bio

J. Curtis Linnell

Executive Vice President

Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau

J. Curtis Linnell is the Executive Vice President of the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau, an investigative agency owned by the Thoroughbred Racing Associations of North America, based in Fair Hill, Maryland. He has been with the TRPB since the inception of the Wagering Integrity Unit in 2003 and formulated that firm’s Due Diligence and Betting Analysis programs. The TRPB team’s pinnacle achievement to date is the Wagering Analysis and Security Platform, an indispensable tool in the supervision and management of betting activity.

Curtis has held management positions at racetrack associations since 1986 including the Manager of Racing & Wagering at Marquis Downs and the Director of Operations at Hastings Park Racecourse. He later formed Linnell Business Ventures and consulted to the racing & gaming industry, working on projects that included the NTRA Task Force on Wagering Systems.

In addition to his position at the TRPB, he currently Chairs “TRA2050,” the racing industry’s technical committee; and coordinates the International Wagering Protocols Group that meets annually at the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Symposium.

Curtis holds a Bachelors of Arts with High Honours in Political Studies from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada.

Jim McIngvale
Gallery Furniture
Founder
Bio

Jim McIngvale

Founder

Gallery Furniture

Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale is a Texas-grown phenomenon who knows how to “Save You Money, TODAY!”

In 1981, Mack and his wife Linda started Gallery Furniture with five thousand dollars and a dream. Mack began television advertising early on and with his motto of “Early to bed, early to rise, work like hell and advertise”, he quickly became a household name.

In 2009, Gallery Furniture opened a second store on Post Oak Blvd in the Houston Galleria area. This proved to be a blessing as Mack, Linda, and the entire Gallery Furniture family faced a horrific fire on May 21, 2009 at the flagship I-45 store location which destroyed the warehouse. By bringing their positive approach and “TODAY” philosophy to everything they do, Gallery Furniture re-built the “World’s Greatest Furniture Store” bigger and better than ever with a full Grand Opening less than four months later.

Gallery Furniture has seen a lot of expansion over the years with the re-build of the flagship store, the addition of the Galleria location and, coming in Spring 2015, the third and largest store located in Fort Bend County on the Grand Parkway, which will feature a 165,000 square feet showroom. Even with multiple locations, Gallery Furniture still lives up to its promise of delivering quality furniture, mattresses and home electronics TODAY.

The success of Gallery Furniture is mostly attributed to Mack’s “do-whatever-it-takes” approach to pleasing the customer. Currently with just 2 locations, Gallery Furniture sells the most furniture and mattresses in the nation per square foot including Gallery Furniture’s own line, Mack-O-Pedic, as well as other name brands such as Tempur-Pedic, Mayo, United Leather, American Leather, Lane, Broyhill, Flexsteel and of course solid wood furniture, made in America.

Mack’s strong work ethic is matched by his philanthropy and exceeded only by the commitment he has to his family. Past charitable contributions include:

•Co-founded the Peace of Mind Foundation for those affected by Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
•One of the largest contributors to the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo with over $4 million given
•Funded St. Luke’s Mobile Stroke Unit •Large contributor to Texas Heart Institute, Baylor College of Medicine and Harvard Medical School
•Instrumental in getting Menninger Clinic to move to Houston to provide mental health care to Houston by providing a multi-million dollar donation
•Annual Christmas give-away furnishing hundreds of housefuls of furniture for the past 30 years
•Helped start and continuously fund the KickStart Kids Program in Houston
•Furnished USO facilities around the world •Furnished George Bush Presidential Library at Texas A&M
•Hosted events for and donated to the Salvation Army
•Donated thousands of dollars of furniture to hundreds of teacher lounges in Houston area schools
•Helped to raise over $12 million dollars for the Bush/Clinton fund to aid those affected by the Tsunami in Southeast Asia and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita
•Underwrote YMCA playground at Reliant Stadium for Katrina Evacuees and housed several hundred evacuees during hurricane crisis
•Underwrote National OCF Conference held in Houston
•Recipient of Mental Health Association Award in 2005
•Underwrote wolf exhibit for The Houston Zoo
•Built and paid for tennis facility at Yates High School
•Donated tennis racquets to inner city kids that would not otherwise have the opportunity to take tennis lessons
•Sole sponsor of Pilgrimage of Faith sending 500 kids and chaperones from the Galveston/Houston Catholic Dioceses to Rome
•Fed 25,000 people Thanksgiving dinner for several years
•Bought 10,000 toys for needy children, distributed during the holiday

In addition to Gallery Furniture, Mack and Linda also own and operate Westside Tennis and Fitness and enjoy spending time with their children James, Laura, Elizabeth and Regina, and their three grandchildren.

Jason Miner
Glover Park Group
Executive Managing Director
Bio

Jason Miner

Executive Managing Director

Glover Park Group

At The Glover Park Group, Jason designs and implements complex advocacy, crisis and reputational campaigns for a wide variety of corporate and non-profit clients. Jason’s work often focuses on integrated campaigns that include public opinion research, advertising, content development and government relations in addition to messaging and earned media strategies. As a leader in GPG’s quickly growing Energy & Sustainability Practice, Jason has developed expertise in a broad range of topics including policies and politics related to climate change, renewable energy, electricity transmission, electricity market structure, sustainable development and land conservation. Jason has also developed expertise in emerging food, nutrition and agricultural issues. Jason’s expertise in building and running complex communications campaigns in a competitive environment is rooted in his experience on the front lines of national-level politics. Prior to joining GPG, Jason was Research Director for the Democratic National Committee (DNC), overseeing the national issues and opposition research effort for the party. As a senior member of the Kerry/Edwards war room in 2004, Jason helped create and run on-site response during the Republican and Democratic Conventions and the presidential and vice presidential debates. During the 2000 Presidential campaign, Jason also served at the DNC, directing opposition research and coordinating the rapid response operation at the 2000 GOP Convention. Prior to his time at the DNC, Jason worked on a number of statewide races around the country. A native of Connecticut, Jason attended Vassar College and resides in Washington, D.C. with his family.

Jim Mulvihill
Churchill Downs Inc. 
Sr. Director, Betting Information
Bio

Jim Mulvihill

Sr. Director, Betting Information

Churchill Downs Inc. 

Jim Mulvihill is Sr. Director of Betting Information at Churchill Downs Inc., where he serves as publisher of the Brisnet Betting Guide, a daily book of bundled past performances for simulcast horseplayers printed 364 days per year and distributed at racetracks, OTBs, and casino race books. Prior to joining CDI, he spent five years as Director of Media & Industry Relations at the National Thoroughbred Racing Association. As the head of NTRA Communications he was the primary media contact and spokesperson for NTRA initiatives, including the Eclipse Awards and the National Horseplayers Championship. He has held a variety of public relations and communications positions within and outside of racing, including heading the press offices at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. Mulvihill started his racing career at Lone Star Park, where he served as staff writer and media relations assistant for four years, through the Breeders’ Cup season of 2004. As a freelancer he has contributed stories on racing to numerous outlets – including The Associated Press, Thoroughbred Times, and The Saratoga Special – and for several years provided daily handicapping selections to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He is a graduate of Emerson College and an alumnus of the University of Arizona’s Race Track Industry Program.

Jason Neave
Punt Club
Chief Executive Officer
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Martin Panza
New York Racing Association
Senior Vice President of Racing Operations
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Martin Panza

Senior Vice President of Racing Operations

New York Racing Association

Martin Panza manages the day-to-day racing operations of the three tracks under the care of the New York Racing Association: Aqueduct Race Track, Belmont Park, and Saratoga Race Course. Also the development of big day events, stakes schedules, purse schedules, oversight of the racing department staffing, and development of the overnight racing program.

He was formerly the Director of Racing and Racing Secretary at Hollywood Park Race Track from 1993 - 2014. He has served on the Breeders Cup Selection Committee, American Graded Stakes Committee, and the North American Ratings Committee (NARC).

Greg Peck
FineLine P. R.
Chief Executive Officer
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Greg Peck

Chief Executive Officer

FineLine P. R.

Greg Peck is the chief executive officer of FineLine P. R. He specializes in enabling organizations to effectively address and resolve sensitive issues via the media. Mr. Peck’s clients include ExxonMobil, Pfizer, the U S Food and Drug Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Republican National Committee. His connection to racing is as a Standardbred trainer, most notably Hambletonian Winner Muscle Hill.

Mick Peterson
University of Kentucky
Professor of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering
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Frank Petramalo
HBPA - Virginia
Executive Director
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Todd Pletcher
Todd Pletcher Racing
Trainer
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Todd Pletcher

Trainer

Todd Pletcher Racing

Todd Pletcher began his career at the age of 7, working for his father, Jake Pletcher, at Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico. He enrolled in the Race Track Industry Program in 1985 and graduated with a Bachelor of Animal Science in 1989. Pletcher began his post-collegiate career by traveling to New York. He took a position working for D. Wayne Lukas as a foreman. In 1995, he took out his trainer’s license and went solo. He saddled his first winner, Majestic Number, in February of 1996. He has saddled numerous Graded Stakes winners in addition to winning multiple training titles in New York, Kentucky, and Florida. He is also a seven-time Eclipse Award winner.

Lonny Powell
Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association
CEO
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Lonny Powell

CEO

Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association

Lonny Powell is entering his 9th year as CEO of The Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association (FTBOA). The FTBOA serves as the voice of the Florida breeders, farm owners, and owners of Florida-breds. Additionally, FTBOA is mandated by statute to: (1) administer the Awards Fund; and (2) Promote the Florida Thoroughbred industry within and outside the Florida borders. Concurrent with his FTBOA responsibilities, Powell serves as the CEO of FTBOA subsidiaries: Florida Equine Communications, Florida Thoroughbred Charities, and Ocala Thoroughbred Racing.

The son of a jockey and former jockey valet and assistant starter, Powell, a graduate of the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program (UA RTIP), has served in a number of industry leadership positions including: UA RTIP Director, Racing Commissioners International President, and President, CEO or COO of numerous successful racetracks including Santa Anita Park, Longacres, Turf Paradise, Golden Gate Fields and Gulfstream Park. He was also the original Executive Vice President of Magna Entertainment.

During Powell’s tenure FTBOA has been recognized as the Florida Association of the Year by the Florida Society of Association Executives (FSAE) and Non-Profit of the Year by the Ocala/Marion County Chamber and Economic Partnership (CEP). He currently serves as FSAE Chair-Elect, CEP Director, Florida Horse Park Vice-Chair and Equine Representative for the State of Florida Animal Industry Technical Council, in addition to serving on the American Horse Council Racing Committee and as a co-founding member of the UA RTIP Advisory Council.

Brian Sanfratello
Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association
Executive Secretary
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Brian Sanfratello

Executive Secretary

Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association

Mr. Sanfratello has been the Executive Secretary of the Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association since 2014. The PHBA is responsible for the registration of all thoroughbred racehorses and stallions in the State, along with ascertaining compliance with the broodmare domicile requirements to meet PA-Bred eligibility. In addition, he and his staff are charged with the processing of awards and managing and supporting the PA-Bred Stakes and overnight programs at three PA-Bred thoroughbred tracks. The PHBA also maintains and enhances their website, pabred.com, to help support the demand for statistical information regarding the breeder’s program. Continued interest after racehorses are retired includes an effective public affairs program and projects common to the breeding and racing communities such as the Thoroughbred Makeover, Equestricon and Aftercare.
Prior to his present tenure with the PHBA, he served as President of the PHBA Board, Vice President and Treasurer since 2002. Brian has a Bachelor degree from Temple University and a Masters in Education from Villanova University.
He and his spouse Theresa have been breeding and racing thoroughbreds from their farm in Pennsylvania since 1995.

Andrew Schweigardt
Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders Association
Director of Industry Relations & Development
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Andrew Schweigardt

Director of Industry Relations & Development

Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders Association

Andy Schweigardt has been Senior Director of Industry Relations and Development at TOBA, a national trade organization for Thoroughbred owners and breeders, since October 2000. He is currently the secretary of the American Graded Stakes Committee, represents TOBA on the board of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium and Racing Officials Accreditation Program and provides support for the North American International Cataloguing Standards Committee.

Prior to joining TOBA, he spent 10 years in finance and administration with Ernst & Young LLP and ReGen Biologics, Inc.

Sal Sinatra
Maryland Jockey Club
Vice President and General Manager
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Mike Tanner
United States Trotting Association
Executive Vice President/Chief Executive Officer
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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.

Alexander Waldrop
National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA)
President and Chief Executive Officer
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Alexander Waldrop

President and Chief Executive Officer

National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA)

Alexander M. Waldrop is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) where he leads the Thoroughbred industry’s national office responsible for matters pertaining to federal legislative advocacy, racing safety and integrity, marketing and promotion of the sport, group purchasing and management of issues of national significance to Thoroughbred racing. Mr. Waldrop spent 13 years with Churchill Downs Incorporated, as President and General Manager of Churchill Downs Racetrack from 1999 to 2002, as General Counsel from 1992 to1998, and as senior vice president, Public Affairs from 2003 to 2004. He is also a former equity partner in the Louisville office of Wyatt Tarrant & Combs where he was the Chair of the firm’s Equine, Gaming & Entertainment Practice Group. Mr. Waldrop is a Member of the NTRA Board of Directors, Chair of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium Board of Directors, a Trustee of the American Horse Council, and Chair of the AHC Racing Advisory Committee.

Amy Zimmerman
The Stronach Group
Vice President, Director of Broadcasting
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Amy Zimmerman

Vice President, Director of Broadcasting

The Stronach Group

Amy J. Zimmerman is the Vice President and Director of Broadcasting at Santa Anita Park, and has been a member of Santa Anita's staff since 1986. She also is currently on staff for NBC as a producer for their horse racing coverage, including all three Triple Crown races since 2001, and as a producer for the network's coverage of the Breeders' Cup, which is a position she has held on every Breeders' Cup telecast since 1988 (including five years with ABC/ESPN).

Amy has won every major award associated with television and horse racing - most more than once: 26 Eclipse Awards as Executive Producer, Producer or Associate Producer (1996, 1999, 2001-16); two national Emmy Awards (1992-Best Live Spo1is Special & 2008 - Outstanding Live Event Turnaround); 12 Regional Emmy Awards for original productions on HRTV (2008, 2010-13), including an individual Regional Emmy Award as the program writer (201O); four International Simulcast Awards (2000-01, 2015-16) and a 2019 Telly Award. A veteran of three Olympics, Amy produced the Equestrian events for NBC Sports for the 2016 Olympics, Curling for the 2018 Winter Olympics and will return to Equestrian in 2020. 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 that network's inception in 2002 through its 2015 sale to TVG. This past year, she has overseen the management of The Stronach Group's XBTV.com.

Amy has been honored as the 2016 Distinguished Citizen of the Year by Alpha Gamma Delta; named the recipient of the 2014 Old Hilltop Award for covering Thoroughbred racing with excellence and distinction; winner of the prestigious Penny Chenery Distinguished Woman in Racing Award in 2011; and recognized as an Outsanding 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 oflnfluence 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).