"I’ll never forget my first racing experience, a summer day at Belmont with my parents when I was seven years old. Luckily, I don’t have to – that day, brought a disposable Kodak camera with me. I took all 30 photos that camera allowed, and unexpectedly discovered not one passion, but two."
"Backstretch workers are the backbone of the racing industry,” said Larry Collmus, New York Racing Association announcer and the voice of the Triple Crown. “They’re out there every single morning and all day long working with these horses and they deserve as much help as they can get. It’s great for us to be able to help them out because without them we wouldn’t have these magnificent horses making their way to the race track for us to enjoy every day”
“Although I think the role of women in the racing industry has grown significantly in the past few decades, we still face unique challenges in the business. I worry that many assume since there are more women participating in the sport, there can't be any lingering barriers to their working in the business or becoming fans. I don't believe that's true.”
With the rise in popularity of social media around the world, it’s no surprise racing has embraced the medium. Any time, day or night, anyone can sign on to Twitter or Facebook and have a conversation about any racing topic they desire, or catch up on what their favorite horse is up to, in a matter of minutes... “I love the instantaneous celebration and analysis of our biggest events. Who got a terrible trip? Who is the next big superstar? There are so many opinions and it makes watching a race that much more fun for me,” said Keith McCalmont, Media Coordinator at Woodbine Entertainment Group.
“People taking part in the handicapping workshop should enter with an open mind; there are numerous ways to handicap a horse race, and attendees are sure to hear about many of them,” Bernier said. “That's the beauty of the handicapping game - there's no right or wrong way to handicap a race. Fans and handicappers attending will hopefully see how we handicap the way we do, as well as why we prefer certain styles as opposed to others.”
Those concerned that Equestricon may not have anything of interest to them will have the opposite reaction when they see the preliminary program schedule for the inaugural convention, which was released on Monday by Equestricon's organizers. With over 45 events taking place over three days in August of 2017 - from tours to panels to social gatherings and networking opportunities - everyone from retired racehorse fans to those wondering how owners feel after a big win will find something for them.