University of Louisville Equine Industry Program Hosts “Speaker Series”

The University of Louisville Equine Industry Program is embarking under an aggressive, interesting and intriguing “Speaker Series” this Fall. The first of three such events will be hold this Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the Chao Auditorium in the lower level of the Ekstrom Library, at the Belknap Campus.

If you have the time stop by and give a listen. The program’s director, Sean Beirne, has done a terrific job at putting the program together with Liz Young, the Equine School’s Development, Marketing and Special Events Coordinator.

Here’s a complete list of the events to come:

Sept. 18: The Business of Racetrack Surfaces (5:30 to 7 p.m. ET)

The initial panel will delve into the business of racetrack surface and what steps are taken to ensure the health, welfare, and safety of the horse. Panel experts will include:

  1. Mick Peterson, PhD, Director of Ag Equine Programs at the University of Kentucky
  2. Jamie Richardson, Track Superintendent at Churchill Downs
  3. Chip Bach, General Manager at Turfway Park
  4. Moderator: Jim Mulvhill — Senior Director of Betting Information at Churchill Downs, Inc.

Oct 9: An Evening with Tom Durkin (5:30 — 7 p.m. ET)

Eclipse Award of Merit and legendary track announcer Tom Durkin will discuss his illustrious career calling races. Durkin is know for his rich vocabulary as well as the humor and passion he brought to his race calls.

Nov. 13: Sports Betting and Horse Racing (5:30 — 7 p.m. ET)

The series concludes with an in-depth look at the introduction of sports wagering and how racing can benefit and coexist with this new form of gaming. Panel experts will include:

  1. Bill Knauf, Vice President of Business Operations at Monmouth Park (NJ)
  2. John Walsh, Assistant General Manager at Hawthorne Race Course (IL)
  3. Rep. Adam Koenig, Chairman of the KY House of Representatives Licensing & Occupations Committee and State Representative for District 69 (KY)

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds
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