Owners Conference Opens Monday

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 7, 2014) -- Approximately 300 owners, prospective owners and other industry stakeholders are expected to be on hand when OwnerView’s first Thoroughbred Owners Conference kicks off Monday, October 13, with a tour of Keeneland racetrack and a welcome reception at Adena Springs Farm.

The conference is sponsored jointly by the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, the Keeneland Association, The New York Racing Association Inc., and the Stronach Group, and all formal presentations and panel discussions will take place Tuesday and Wednesday at the Keeneland sales pavilion.

A limited number of spots are available for those wishing to attend. All conference details, including the complete schedule of events, registration forms, host hotel information and other tourism tips for the Bluegrass Region are available at ownerview.com.

Tom Durkin, who recently retired as the track announcer at the New York Racing Association tracks, will serve as master of ceremonies for the conference.

Tuesday’s agenda features a series of panels involving racetrack executives, owners, trainers, jockeys and bloodstock advisors.

Legendary golfer and longtime Thoroughbred owner/breeder Gary Player will deliver the keynote address for the conference late Tuesday afternoon. Player has owned the 20,000-acre Gary Player Stud in South Africa since 1974 and is consistently among the leading breeders in South Africa. He has frequently implored those involved in horse racing to come up with innovative ideas that would generate interest in the sport.

Wednesday’s agenda includes a panel discussion devoted to the care of horses and people in the Thoroughbred industry and a segment with young people with a family history in the sport. Ogden Mills Phipps, the chairman of The Jockey Club, will deliver closing remarks for the conference Wednesday afternoon and a closing reception is scheduled at Stonestreet Farm.

“This conference is a natural extension of our efforts to retain and attract owners, and we’ve seen keen interest from the panelists and speakers as well as those who have registered to attend,” said Gary Falter, vice president of operations for OwnerView. “Once again, we are grateful to Keeneland for making its facility available and to all four racing organizations for their sponsorship support.”

OwnerView is a website and information resource developed by The Jockey Club and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association to assist both current and prospective Thoroughbred owners by providing accurate information on trainers, public racing syndicates, the process of purchasing and owning a Thoroughbred, racehorse retirement, and owner licensing.

The need for a central resource to encourage Thoroughbred ownership was identified in the comprehensive economic study of the sport that was commissioned by The Jockey Club and conducted by McKinsey & Company in 2011. The OwnerView site was launched in May 2012.

Additional information about OwnerView and the owner conference is available at ownerview.com or by contacting Gary Falter at gfalter@jockeyclub.com or (859) 224-2803.