ROAP Announces Speakers for 2016 Conference on Officiating Racing

The conference will take place in Tucson on December 5.

Press release

The Racing Officials Accreditation Program will hold its 2016 Conference on Officiating Horse Racing on December 5 in Tucson.

The Racing Officials Accreditation Program (ROAP) has assembled two outstanding panels for the ROAP Conference on Officiating Horse Racing on Monday, December 5, in conjunction with the University of Arizona Symposium on Racing & Gaming at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson.

The Arizona symposium runs December 6-7, with a welcome reception Monday evening after the ROAP conference. The speakers for the conference will include Janet Van Bebber, chief racing officer for the American Quarter Horse Association, and Scott Wells, president of Lone Star Park and Remington Park racetracks.

The morning panel, entitled “High-Tech Resources for Horse Racing Stewards & Judges,” begins at 8:30 a.m. and will feature presentations by:

• Chris Dobbins – Vice President Business Development, InCompass Solutions
• Joe Gordon – Executive Vice President, International Sound
• Curtis Linnell – Executive Vice President, Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau
• Ed Martin – President, Association of Racing Commissioners International
• Cathy O'Meara – Industry Initiatives Coordinator, The Jockey Club
• Tom Roentz – Track & Field Manager, Equibase
• Eric Smith – Assistant to the President, ARCI
• Alex Waldrop – Chairman, Racing Medication & Testing Consortium

The afternoon panel, entitled “The Role of Stewards and Judges in Horse Racing,” will be moderated by Ray Paulick, publisher of The Paulick Report. This panel, beginning at 1:00 p.m., will include racing industry stakeholders:

• William “Buff” Bradley – Kentucky-Based Leading Trainer
• Marc Guifoil – Executive Director, Kentucky Horse Racing Commission
• Darrel McHargue – Chief Steward, California Horse Racing Board
• Richard Migliore – Eclipse Award Winning Jockey & NYRA TV Analyst
• Tom Sage – Executive Director, Nebraska State Racing Commission
• Chaplain John Shumaker – President, Race Track Chaplaincy of America
• David Siegel – President, TrackMaster & 2007 USTA Amateur Driver of the Year
• Janet Van Bebber – Chief Racing Officer, American Quarter Horse Association
• Judy Wagner – Champion, 2001 Daily Racing Form National Handicapping Contest
• Scott Wells – President, Remington Park & Lone Star Park

Remington Park and Lone Star Park will sponsor a working luncheon from 11:30-1:00. The topic for discussion is the potential for horse racing to consider implementation of the technologies major league sports use to train, certify, monitor, and evaluate umpires and referees, including instant replay analysis.

The cost of the conference is $75. This conference will qualify for eight hours of ROAP continuing education credits for accredited stewards and judges. Those also attending the University of Arizona Symposium on Racing & Gaming will receive a $50 discount on the symposium registration fee.

Stewards and judges attending the University of Arizona Symposium on Racing & Gaming will receive an additional eight hours of ROAP continuing education credits. Those wishing to attend can register online at

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