Thursday, July 02, 2009


FREE SEMINAR TO KICK OFF FASIG-TIPTON FESTIVAL OF RACING


On Saturday morning, Aug. 8, Fasig-Tipton and co-sponsors The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA), ThoroFan, and New York Thoroughbred Breeders (NYTB) will host a free education program “From the Horse Farm to the Finish Line: A Seminar on the Thoroughbred Industry” in the sales pavilion on East Avenue.

Beginning at 10 a.m., industry experts will participate in a panel discussion about their roles in getting a young thoroughbred from the farm to the sales ring and onto the racetrack, following which fans can watch a demonstration of a consignor showing a yearling to a prospective buyer. As of this writing, confirmed panelists include Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, Case Clay of Three Chimneys Farm and consignor Meg Levy, with a prominent thoroughbred owner scheduled to participate as well.


“It is important that racing fans learn the processes that thoroughbreds go through before and after the racetrack,” said Fasig-Tipton president Boyd Browning. “The breeding and selling side of the industry is very interesting and we are happy to assist the local fans of Saratoga in educating them on these topics.”

Free tickets for this event will be available through the NYTB until 4 p.m. on Friday, August 7, by phoning 518-587-0777, at the NYRA Open House at Saratoga on Sunday, July 26th at the ThoroFan booth, and in select businesses throughout downtown Saratoga Springs. Tickets may be available at the door if the event is not at capacity and the first 300 guests will also receive a complimentary amenity bag upon arrival.

“‘From the Horse Farm to the Finish Line’ is an excellent program and a great way to kick off the inaugural Fasig-Tipton Festival of Racing,” said Neema Ghazi, director of marketing for NYRA. “Education is critical in order to cultivate a sustainable interest in our sport and we are thrilled to partner with Fasig-Tipton, NYTB, and ThoroFan in a collective effort aimed at working toward this end.”

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and a continental breakfast will be available for purchase at the newly-remodeled Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion Walking Ring and Snack Bar. Event sponsors will be present to greet guests before and after the seminar concludes at 11:30.


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