OAKLAWN HOSTS TRACK SUPERS CONFERENCE

Oaklawn Park hosted representatives from more than 80 racing-related entities from the U.S., Brazil, Canada, Puerto Rico and France at the 17th annual Track Superintendents Conference Mar. 25 – Mar. 27. Presentations and displays focuses on topics pertaining to safety, injurties, new turf courses, equine equipment and racetrack geometry. “This conference is unique in our industry and Oaklawn is proud to host the event,” Oaklawn Plant Superintendent John Hopkins said. “Track Superintendents are responsible for providing a safe and fair racing surface for both equine and human athletes. They play a vital role in the protection of horses and riders. Getting the opportunity to host a gathering of them from around the world is important to the industry. We can learn a lot from each other.”

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Track Superintendents to Meet in March at Oaklawn Park

Event is open to all track superintendents and staff.

Track Superintendents Field Day March 25-27 at Oaklawn Park.

Event founder Roy Smith said the event is open to all track superintendents and staff.

“We welcome and urge tracks to invest in sending your team,” Smith said. “The information shared and the industry networking are valuable resources relied upon long after the event concludes”

Featured speakers include: On Track Consulting with Javier Barajas, Dr. Kathy Anderson, DVM, Eric Jackson of Oaklawn Park, Dr. Scott McClure, DVM, Dr. Andy Roberts, DVM, Scott Dutile with Dale Carnegie, and a jockey panel (Gary Stevens, Alex Birzer, Channing Hill).

Attending Superintendents will be eligible to win prizes like the use of an Exmark Zero-Turn Mower and a John Deere Gator. Sponsors pay for the event; attendees only need to cover lodging and travel expense.

The superintendents are an independent group which meets annually to discuss best practices related to maintenance, safety, and operational issues for racing and training facilities worldwide.

“We look forward to welcoming all participants to Oaklawn for some Southern hospitality. We are honored to host the event and know it is a worthy investment attending, said plant superintendent John Hopkins.

All are encouraged to attend, whether it is a Thoroughbred track, Standardbred track or training facility.

The 2018 sponsors include host track Oaklawn Park, and the 2018 Title Sponsor is Equine Equipment.

Other event sponsors include: Toro, Exmark, Massey Ferguson, Farm Paint, Rhino AG, Horsemen’s Track and Supply, Double R Manufacturing, NTRA Advantage, Sherwin Williams, John Deere, Arbico Organics, Sun Coast Commercial, Clear Span, Stabilizer Solutions, Batts, Inc., On Track Consulting, Indiana Grand Racing & Casinoand Keeneland.

Sunday, March 25

1:00 PM            Day of Racing at Oaklawn Park

6:00 PM            Welcome Reception sponsored by Double R Stalls & Horsemen’s Track & Equipment

Monday, March 26

7:15AM            Breakfast sponsored by Duralock Performance Fencing

8:00AM            Welcome to Oaklawn Park – Moderator: Nancy Ury-Holthus

8:15AM            Oaklawn History, Eric Jackson

9:00AM            Dr Kathy Anderson, DVM

10:00AM          John Deere, Auston Till

10:30AM          Break sponsored by Rhino Ag

10:45AM          Dr Scott McClure, DVM

11:45AM          Group Photo

12:15PM          Lunch sponsored by On Track Consulting, Javier Barajas

1:15 PM           New Turf Courses, Glen Kozak & Irwin Driedger

2:15-4:15PM    Vendor Workshops & Equipment Demonstrations

4:15 PM           Load Trolleys

4:30 PM           Transportation to Dinner Cruise

5-8 PM    Dinner Cruise sponsored by Toro & eXmark; grand prize winner announced

Tuesday, March 27

7:15AM            Breakfast sponsored by Equine Equipment

8:00AM            Dr Andy Roberts, DVM

9:00AM            Harness Track Panel, Gary Wolfe & Greg Cardenas

9:45AM            Break sponsored by Indiana Grand & Keeneland Race Course

10:00AM          Scott Dutile with Dale Carnegie sponsored by Massey Ferguson

11:00AM          Racetrack Geometry, Dr Mick Peterson

12:00PM          Lunch sponsored by John Deere

1:00PM            Jockey Panel, Gary Stevens, Alex Birzer & Channing Hill

2:00PM            Track Superintendent Trivia & Cash Prizes!

2:30PM            Oaklawn On-Track, Kevin Seymour

3:00PM            GRAND PRIZE WINNERS ANNOUNCED!  John Deere Gator

3:05PM            Superintendent Round Table (Track Supers only)

6:00PM            Dinner sponsored by Oaklawn Park

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