NFL's Michael Lopez Keynote Speaker at 71st Round Table Conference


Michael Lopez, senior director of Data and Analytics for the National Football League, will be the keynote speaker for the 71st Annual Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing, The Jockey Club announced today.

The conference will be held at the Saratoga Springs City Center in Saratoga Springs, New York, on Thursday, Aug. 3, at 10 a.m. ET. Chairman Stuart S. Janney III will preside over the conference and give insights on activities of The Jockey Club and the future of the sport.

Lopez will discuss how data is analyzed to enhance and help better understand football and possible correlations with horse racing.

Lindsay Czarniak, a sports reporter and anchor who works for FOX NFL and FOX NASCAR, will use her extensive knowledge of sports to provide observations on marketing of horse racing.

The conference will also feature two panels. The first will be hosted by Pat Cummings, executive director of the Thoroughbred Idea Foundation, with panelists Marshall Gramm, a professor at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, and co-founder of the Ten Strike Racing syndicate, and David O'Rourke president and CEO of The New York Racing Association. The panel will focus on computer-assisted wagering and its effects on racetracks and bettors.

The second panel will address the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority (HISA) after its first year of enactment. Panelists are Lisa Lazarus, CEO of HISA; Ben Mosier, executive director of the Horseracing Integrity & Welfare Unit; and trainers Jena Antonucci and Ron Moquett. The panel will be moderated by The Jockey Club President and COO James Gagliano.

In addition, Kyle McDoniel, president and COO of Equibase, will present on E-GPS and opportunities for Equibase to help grow the sport. Kristin Werner, senior counsel for The Jockey Club and administrator of its Thoroughbred Safety Committee, will discuss improved traceability of Thoroughbreds and analysis of the Equine Injury Database.


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