Racing and Gaming Conference at Saratoga to
Host Canfield Casino Charity Event for TRR,
Equine Therapy for Combat Veterans
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY: The historic Canfield Casino, a Saratoga Springs landmark, will be the location for a fun-money casino charity event to benefit Trauma and Resiliency Resources (TRR). The fundraiser will be part of the activities scheduled for attendees of the Racing and Gaming Conference at Saratoga (RGCS), August 15 – 17 at the Saratoga Hilton.

Canfield Casino’s enchanting beauty and rich history dates to the 1870s. Originally built by John Morrissey, the founder of the Saratoga Race Course, and substantially improved two decades later by gentleman gambler Richard Canfield, the Monte Carlo of America is a preserved jewel of Italianate architecture. Although the Canfield stopped functioning as a gambling parlor in 1907, it established Saratoga Springs as a gambling town and opened the door for the likes of Arnold Rothstein, Lucky Luciano and Meyer Lansky, all of whom built and owned gambling establishments in Saratoga Springs beginning a mere decade later, The RGCS will transform the venue to a mock casino with plenty of food, drinks, and themed cocktails.

Proceeds raised from the casino event will go to support TRR, a charity that uses Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP). EAP is a powerful psychotherapeutic approach that uses retired racehorses as part of a psychotherapy for combat veterans. Working with horses has helped veterans discover and overcome unhealthy patterns and behaviors, especially as they affect their relationships with other people.

Hattie’s Restaurant, an iconic Saratoga Springs eatery since 1938, known for its famous fried chicken, will cater the event to be held, Tuesday, August 16 at 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. The RGCS will also host two additional networking events – a Welcome Cocktail Reception on Monday night, August 15, at the popular 408 Saratoga, located in the heart of downtown Saratoga Springs, and an afternoon of racing at the historic Saratoga Race Course on Wednesday August 17.

RGCS will also offer a broad agenda addressing critical horse racing and gaming-industry topics including:

  • Responsible Gaming: Are Programs and Funding Keeping Pace with Industry Growth?
  • State Lotteries – Finding Avenues for Growth
  • Sports Betting: What’s Next?
  • Downstate Casino Expansion
  • Online Casinos
  • The Rise (or Scourge) of Unregulated Gaming Machines
  • M&A Investment Trends in Sports Betting and Online Gaming
  • Gaming Regulation in the Digital Age: Are “Analog” Regulations and Regulators Sufficient to Police the Digital Gaming Market?
  • The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act and the Future of Racing
  • Horse Racing, NFTs, and the Metaverse
  • Aftercare for Race Horses: Who Pays?
  • Fixed Odds and the Future of Horse Betting

The conference is jointly produced by Tinhorn Productions and Spectrum Gaming Group. To register, view the RGCS agenda & reserve a room at the host hotel, visit
About Tinhorn Productions: Tinhorn Productions, LLC is a sole proprietorship created by Patrick Brown for the purpose of carrying on the annual Racing and Gaming Conference during the Saratoga meet. Pat Brown is no stranger to anyone who has attended the Conference in the past or is involved in racing and gaming in New York. For over 30 years, Pat has been a gaming advocate, lawyer, teacher and most importantly, a fan. 
About Spectrum Gaming Group: Spectrum is an independent research and consulting firm that has performed advisory and consulting work for gaming operators, regulators, and legislatures in 41 US states and territories and in 48 countries on six continents. Visit Spectrum at