Saratoga Springs, NY: The Racing and Gaming Conference at Saratoga (RGCS) today announced that Thomas J. Rooney, the President and CEO of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, will be the official luncheon keynote speaker. Rooney will join more than 50 industry leaders and experts who will participate in this year’s conference, which takes place August 15-17 at the Saratoga Hilton.
Rooney’s keynote address will take place on Tuesday, August 16.
Rooney, who served as a US Representative from Florida before heading NTRA, has been immersed in horse racing his entire life and is a horse owner/breeder. He has taken an active role for several years in his family’s Shamrock Farm, a Thoroughbred breeding and lay-up operation in Woodbine, MD, founded by his grandfather, Art Rooney. He has served on the board of the Maryland Horse Breeders Association since 2020. Rooney has a solid understanding of the issues and needs within the industry.
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 RGCS also will host two networking events – a Welcome Cocktail Party at the 408 on Monday night and an evening of charity gaming at historic Canfield Casino on Tuesday evening – as well as an afternoon of racing at the historic Saratoga Race Course on Wednesday.
The conference is jointly produced by Tinhorn Productions and Spectrum Gaming Group.