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The 2009 conference, to be held again in conjunction with the Canadian Gaming Summit, will focus exclusively on Standardbred wagering and the theme for the conference will be “driving innovation”.

The conference will provide an opportunity for Standardbred Canada to update the industry on the Wagering Action Plan and work on the future of horse race wagering as a unified group.

With this year’s conference being held in Windsor, on the Canada-US border, the conference will have more of a North American focus, with the hopes of attracting stakeholders from across the continent.

The conference kicks off with a full day of sessions on Tuesday, April 28, and continues for a half day on Wednesday, April 29 with an industry meeting in the afternoon. Delegates are invited and encouraged to stay for the final day of the Canadian Gaming Summit on Thursday, April 30.

Standardbred Canada is the leader and voice for the Canadian trotting and pacing industry, committed to its development and growth. It is the official registry, record keeping and standards setting body for harness racing’s participants and customers.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009
8:00am–8:45am Standardbred Wagering Conference Opening Breakfast & Welcome Address
Ted Smith – President, Standardbred Canada
9:00am–9:50am Snapshot of North American Standardbred Wagering & Update on SWAP (Standardbred Wagering Action Plan)

A look at the trends for North American Standardbred Wagering along with future opportunities for Standardbred Wagering. How does pari-mutuel wagering fit into the big picture of gaming and what are the gaming trends? An update on the CPMA’s review process will also be given.

Darryl Kaplan – Editor, TROT Magazine and Manager of Industry Communications for Standardbred Canada

Rande Sawchuk – Director of Policy and Planning, Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency (CPMA)
Robert Scarpelli – Managing Director, HLT Advisory
Mike Tanner – Executive Vice President, United States Trotting Association (USTA)

9:50am–10:00am Standardbred Wagering Conference Coffee Break
10:00am –10:50am No Holds Barred

Bettors take on racetrack execs and tell them like it is as a customer of harness racing. What do horseplayers want from racetracks? Are they getting what they want? What can racetracks offer to keep horseplayers satisfied with the product, facilities, wagering opportunities and more?

Peter Gross – Editor, Down The Stretch and Morning Sportscaster, 680 News

Erik Potek – Founder, Canadian Horseplayers Advocacy Group

Jamie Martin – Senior Vice President Racing, Woodbine Entertainment Group
Dennis Dowd – Senior Vice President Legal and Governmental Relations, New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority
Kevin Koury – Horseplayer and Horse Owner

11:00am–11:50am Show Me The Money

A look at a new funding model that invests 10% of purse money to revitalize the industry. How could this model help Standardbred racing and are there other racing jurisdictions that use this model? What would be the best use of this money to reenergize racing and benefit both racetracks and horse people.

Dean A. Hoffman – Owner, Hoffman Communications LLC and former Executive Editor of Hoof Beats magazine

Moira Fanning – Director of Publicity, The Hambletonian Society
Tom Brodhurst – Director, Standardbred Horse Owners Panel (SHOP)

Kathy Wade Vlaar – Manager of Industry Marketing, Standardbred Canada

12:00pm–1:30pm Standardbred Wagering Conference Luncheon & Keynote Address
1:45pm–2:45pm Back to the Future

Why doesn’t horse racing appeal to the younger generation? What should we do to package the racing and wagering products to make them more appealing to the “gamer” generation? A look at the technology that could reinvent racing and what racing could look like in the near future.

Greg Blanchard – Television Commentator / Media Communications, Woodbine Entertainment Group

Dean Towers – Secretary, Horseplayers Association of North America (HANA)

2:45pm–3:00pm Standardbred Wagering Conference Coffee Break
3:00pm–3:50pm Think Customers First

What can harness racing do to keep customers happy in terms of racing products? How harness racing can regain former customers that have turned to thoroughbred racing. A discussion about what thoroughbred racing offers that appeals to the customers and what customers would change about harness racing.

Kathy Parker – Editor, Horseman & Fair World

Jamie Erickson – Horseplayer
Harvey Weiner – Horse owner and racing fan

4:00pm–4:50pm Racing’s Own Family Feud…Survey Says…
Find out what bettors, fans and non fans say about harness racing in this interactive game that pits Customers against Racing Execs. Who knows our customers better?
6:00pm–6:30pm Buses depart for Windsor Racetrack
7:00pm–10:00pm Dinner & Racing at Windsor Racetrack
Exclusive to Standardbred Canada Wagering Conference delegates, you are invited to join us at Windsor Racetrack for racing and dinner, hosted by Standardbred Canada.

The Standardbred Wagering sessions taking place on Wednesday, April 29th are open to all Summit Delegates registered for this date.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
7:00am–9:00am Canadian Gaming Summit Opening Breakfast & Keynote Presentation
9:15am–10:05am Life After Pari Mutuel Wagering?

Is there room for other wagering platforms aside from pari mutuel wagering. Could there be a Canadian Betting Exchange and what would it take to develop one.

Jeremy Pierce – General Manager, Harness Racing PEI

Mark Davies - Managing Director Corporate Affairs, Betfair
Michael Lipton – Member, Dickinson Wright
Dean Towers – Secretary, Horseplayers Association of North America (HANA)

10:15am–11:05am A Candid Conversation With William Bissett
William J. Bissett, President of Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, a leading operator of gaming and racing operations around the world, will share his insight and experiences in the gaming industry and talk about Delaware North’s leadership role in the evolution of racetrack gaming.
11:15am–12:05pm Lottery Executive Panel

How do lottery corporations view their partnership with horse racing? A discussion about the relationships between Lottery Corps and horse racing in different provinces as well as a review of current revenue sharing models and what they anticipate for the future.

Larry Flynn – Senior Vice President Gaming, Ontario Lottery and Gaming
David Thorburn - NB/PEI Project Specialist/Gaming Boutiques, Atlantic Lottery Corporation

1:30pm–5:30pm Canadian Gaming Summit Exhibition
Standardbred Canada delegates are encouraged to visit the Gaming Summit Trade Show Floor.

To attend only the Standardbred Wagering Conference on April 28th and 29th (including the Summit Opening Breakfast & Keynote), please register as a Standardbred Wagering Conference Delegate. To also attend April 30th of the Gaming Summit, please register as a combined Standardbred Wagering Conference/Gaming Delegate.