ROAP to Hold Officials Conference at Arizona Symposium

The conference will be held December 5 in Tucson.

Press release

The Racing Officials Accreditation Program is holding a conference at this year's Arizona Symposium on Racing and Gaming in Tucson. PHOTO: Coady Photography

The Racing Officials Accreditation Program will be hosting a Race Officiating Conference at this year's University of Arizona Symposium on Racing and Gaming.

The conference will be held on December 5 in Tucson, and it will feature two half-day panels and a luncheon with the keynote speaker. The morning panel, “Resources for Stewards, Judges & Racing Officials,” will include presentations by:

*International Sound on steward and judges stand video monitors and camera control panels to evaluate the race and observe pre- and post-race activities;

*The Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau on monitoring wagering integrity with Curtis Linnell, VP of Wagering Analysis;

*The Racing Medication & Testing Consortium on regulation & research on permitted medication & prohibited substances with Alex Waldrop, RMTC chairman & NTRA president;

*InCompass Solutions on Race Track Operations system programs & reports;

*The Association of Racing Commissioners International on licensing system and historical rulings database; and

*Equibase on race charts and racing programs

The afternoon panel, “The Role of Stewards, Judges and Racing Officials,” will be moderated by Ray Paulick. The panel will include racing industry stakeholders representing:

*Tracks – Scott Wells, president of Remington Park and Lone Star Park;

*Veterinarians – Dr. Mary Scollay, Kentucky Horse Racing Commission equine medical director;

*Handicappers – Judy Wagner, 2001 winner of DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championships & current chair of ARCI & the Louisiana Racing Commission;

*Janet Van Bebber, AQHA Chief Racing Officer & former leading American Quarter Horse trainer;

*Racing Commissions;

*Owners & breeders of Quarter Horses, Standardbreds, & Thoroughbreds; and

*Leading Trainers

There will be an additional panel of three stewards and judges who have experience with all three breeds: Quarter Horses, Standardbreds, and Thoroughbreds. This panel will comment, answer questions, and make recommendations.

The cost of the conference is $75, and it will qualify for eight hours of ROAP continuing education credit for accredited stewards and judges. Those attending the University of Arizona Racing Symposium will receive a $50 discount. Stewards and judges attending the University of Arizona Racing Symposium will receive an additional eight hours of ROAP continuing education credit.

Click here to register online.

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