Incoming NTRA President Rooney To Keynote Global Symposium On Racing

In his first formal address to the racing industry since being named to succeed Alex Waldrop as president and CEO of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, former U.S. Congressman Thomas J. (Tom) Rooney be the keynote speaker at the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program’s 47th annual Global Symposium on Racing in Tucson, Ariz., on Dec. 7.

Rooney is expected to share his vision, outline the industry’s most pressing needs, and discuss advocacy efforts in Washington D.C., where the NTRA will, for the first time, establish an office.

During his time in Congress, Rooney focused on economic, agricultural, and national security issues. He is also a Thoroughbred owner and breeder. Rooney brings this expertise to his new role by promoting the welfare and integrity of Thoroughbred racing through legislative and regulatory efforts. Rooney is committed to growing the popularity of racing by supporting fan engagement and corporate partner initiatives.

The Global Symposium on Racing will kick off on Dec. 6 with a pre-conference discussion on race track surfaces, a racing secretary summit and an NHC Handicapping Contest workshop.

Following Rooney’s keynote address on Dec. 7, several presentations will be made relative to the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority, followed by a forward-looking panel discussion by racing executives (Keeneland’s Shannon Arvin, 1/ST Racing’s Aidan Butler, NYRA’s David O’Rourke and Del Mar’s Josh Rubinstein).

The Dec. 8 finale will see discussions on fixed odds wagering, sports betting and how field size increases a racetrack’s bottom line.

The full agenda and registration information can be found here.

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