The Jockey Club's 68th annual Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing will be held virtually Sunday due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The conference will discuss the need for reform in medication rules and testing, challenges faced by the Thoroughbred industry and insights into the claiming system and will be streamed on The Jockey Club's website jockeyclub.com beginning at 10 a.m. The event will also be aired on TVG and Racetrack Television Network platforms.
“While we are disappointed that we cannot host an in-person event, we are excited by this year's line-up of speakers and the perspectives they will share with the conference's virtual attendees,” said James L. Gagliano, president and chief operating officer of The Jockey Club.
Gagliano will interview three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond about anti-doping and the importance of clean competition. Trainers Mark Casse, John Gosden and Jessica Harrington will discuss training and competing in different jurisdictions in a panel moderated by Matt Iuliano, executive vice president and executive director of The Jockey Club.
Bob Costas, former sportscaster for NBC Sports and current sportscaster for MLB Network and contributor to CNN, will discuss covering the Triple Crown races and the challenges faced by sports in 2020. Sal Sinatra, the president and general manager of the Maryland Jockey Club, will present on America's system of claiming races and recommend changes and Katrina Adams, the immediate past president of the United States Tennis Association (USTA), will discuss the importance of diversity.
The full agenda and bios of all speakers will be posted on jockeyclub.com in advance of the conference.