The interactive, electronic version of The Horsemen’s Journal’s Spring 2019 issue is now available online. It is an enhanced version of our printed issue, which is currently being mailed. To view it, click here. Features in the issue include: Finding Ways to Do Things Better Horsemen get together in Florida to share ideas to improve the industry A Long Day’s Night Track superintendents go the extra mile to keep horses and riders safe How Horse Racing Is Using Digital Media to Grow Fan Engagement Different than other major sports, horse racing has the opportunity to capitalize on a unique digital and social strategy Feed, Forage and Bedding: What Is Being Called a Positive? A [...]
National HBPA convention: Hamelback advocates advisory committee to help stewards navigate thorny medication cases
Eric Hamelback (Photo by Denis Blake/National HBPA) Eric Hamelback, chief executive officer of the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, is developing a concept he believes would help stewards navigate the increasingly complex world when highly sophisticated testing collides with environmental contamination and the inadvertent transfer of matter to racehorses. Speaking Friday on the last day of programming at the National HBPA Convention at Sheraton Sand Key Resort, Hamelback shared his vision for a program he has dubbed SARC: Stewards Advisory Review Committee. An accredited high school football official, he likens the concept to the NFL adding replay booths to assist the referees on the field. The idea is to provide more [...]
National HBPA Convention – Louisville economist: Have data, will study; Unlimited potential of research benefits for racing
Dr. Steven Vickner (Photo by by Denis Blake/National HBPA) Economist Steven Vickner, an associate professor in the University of Louisville College of Business’ equine industry program, knows the possibilities of cutting-edge research that could help horse racing make smarter business decisions. He just needs the data. So continued the call Thursday at the National Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association Convention for greater sharing of data and revved-up analytics. Vickner described the beneficial ways to “tease out” factors involved in when, why, how and on what people bet as limited only by the access to data. The presentation at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort dovetailed with the new Thoroughbred Idea Foundation’s recent white [...]
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