December 10, 2022
Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) President and CEO, Bill Nader, participated in the panel titled “Capitalizing on Racing’s Global Footprint” alongside Simon Frazer (1/ST International Content), Dean McKenzie (McKenzie Sport International, Ltd), Tallulah Wilson (UK Tote). The panelists, moderated by The Jockey Club’s Jim Gagliano, discussed opportunities to leverage the global racing product by improving the information provided to bettors, tracking global breeding trends, and delivering a product that is competitive on the international stage. Rick Gold, who serves on the TOC board and HISA Horsemen’s Advisory Group was in attendance to meet with HISA representatives and industry partners.
The Hronis Family was presented with the Clay Puett award for outstanding contributions to the racing industry during a particularly meaningful awards luncheon which also featured the Big Sport of Turfdom award recipient, Cody Dorman. Joe Harper, a Clay Puett award winner himself, presented the award to TOC board member Stephanie Hronis, highlighting her work on a number of industry initiatives. The prestigious list of previous Clay Puett winners can be found on the Race Track Industry Program’s website.
On Monday afternoon, the Horse Racing Women’s Summit committee, led by Stephanie Hronis, Jordyn Egan and Jodie Vella-Gregory (1/ST RACING) gathered a group 15 students with industry leaders for a speed networking and goal setting session. The industry mentors included Pete Aiello, Dr. Dionne Benson, Jill Byrne, Aidan Butler, Aaron Gryder, Jessica Hammond, Bill Nader, Jennifer Perkins, and CJ Wilson.
The Global Racing Symposium brought together an international audience of 560 registered attendees and many others who watched through live streaming. The Symposium provides the opportunity to discuss a wide range of topics that focus on racing, wagering, welfare, technology, and current affairs such as a HISA update.
It also provides the opportunity for industry-related meetings to take place. This was the 48th year that the Global Racing Symposium has taken place as part of the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program.