Racing and Gaming Conference at Saratoga
to Embrace City’s History while Examining
Today’s Critical Racing and Gaming Issues
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – The Racing and Gaming Conference at Saratoga will embrace the city’s rich history of racing while also offering dozens of expert speakers who will provide timely insights on the most critical racing and gaming issues today.

Conference attendees will include gaming and racing industry leaders, academics, elected officials, lawyers, regulators and racing patrons to examine the trends, challenges and critical issues facing the racing and gaming industries. More than 40 gaming and racing industry professionals will participate in 14 sessions as speakers and panelists throughout the two days.

To view the agenda, list of speakers, registration, and view hotel information click here.

The RGCS takes place in 1863 Club at Saratoga Race Course. Located at the Clubhouse turn, the 1863 Club offers exceptional experiences with breathtaking views while maintaining a theme of Saratoga’s historic charm. The luxury facility was named to commemorate the first meet at Saratoga. 

Saratoga held its first thoroughbred meet just a month after the Battle of Gettysburg. Staged by gambler, casino owner, ex-boxing champion and future Congressman John “Old Smoke” Morrissey and beginning on August 3, 1863, the four-day meet drew thousands of locals and tourists who saw Lizzie W. defeat Captain Moore in the best-of-three series of races.

Emboldened by the success of that first meet, Morrissey promptly enlisted his friends John R. Hunter, William Travers and Leonard Jerome to form the Saratoga Association. Its first responsibility was the construction of a new, permanent grandstand on the current site of Saratoga Race Course. Across the street, the “old course” became the barn area known as Horse Haven, with the vestiges of the original track still encircling the stables.

Today, Saratoga’s motto “Health, history and horses” is also the location named by Sports Illustrated as one of the world’s greatest sporting venues. The track’s historic ambience is felt every summer during racing season while Saratoga Springs is a beautiful and popular spot for vacationers. Gaming and horse racing enthusiasts also come to visit the Horse Racing Hall of Fame, founded in 1951.

The Racing and Gaming Conference at Saratoga has been approved for 11 credit hours by the Nevada Board of Continuing Legal Education, underscoring its prominence as a vital gaming forum. NY credit approval is pending.

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About the New York Racing Association: Founded in 1955 and franchised to run thoroughbred racing at New York’s three major tracks (Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park, and Saratoga Race Course) through 2033, the New York Racing Association’s mission is “Meeting the highest standards in thoroughbred racing and equine safety.” Visit