Join other Equestricon® attendees and get ready for 2 days of racing celebration! Free appetizers and discounted drinks offered to Equestricon® passholders and Louisville Marriott Downtown guests at Merle's Whiskey Kitchen, just 2 blocks from the Kentucky International Convention Center!
Leading alumni from the University of Louisville Equine Industry Program share thoughts and insights on launching a career in horse racing.
Sit in on short presentations and inspirational speeches from leading figures in the world of Thoroughbred aftercare.
Legendary announcer Tom Durkin shares personal accounts and never-before-told stories from the inaugural Breeders' Cup which was held at Hollywood Park in 1984.
Learn from the some of the top horseplayers in the country as they discuss strategies for playing in both mythical and live-money tournaments.
Listen in on a book reading from the Louisville Community Project exploring an upcoming book detailing little-known tales of life on the backstretch at Churchill Downs.
Equestricon's TRACK TALKS series presents an open mic to women who've served as leaders in racing, as well as those who are emerging as forces in the industry.
If you've ever wanted to learn how to spot a winner in the paddock, warming up on the track or during morning works, you can't miss this workshop. Some of racing's best-known paddock hosts and analysts reveal what they look for when studying a horse's appearance.
Hear from the jockeys, trainers and owners of leading Breeders' Cup contenders as they join Churchill Downs' Joe Kristufek for a Q&A session immediately preceding the 2018 Rood & Riddle Breeders' Cup Post Position Draw.
The University of Kentucky presents a seminar that's a can't-miss for anyone looking to learn more about careers in racing, from the farm to the track. Claiborne Farm's Walker Hancock is one of several workshop leaders scheduled to share insights and answer questions from attendees.
STATS Race Lens presents an educational workshop on how to use cutting edge analytics and data to improve your handicapping.
Advocates and policymakers debate key issues surrounding horse safety and answer questions from the audience.
Hear the stories of the legendary calls behind some of Kentucky's greatest races
This is your chance to learn what daily life is like on the backstretch at the race track.
Do you dream of working in horse racing? Learn how to start and cultivate your own brand and network from professionals who broke into racing through digital and social media, handicapping, writing and fashion.
Meet the connections behind Team Justify in an autograph signing, meet and greet, and trophy photo opportunity, all benefitting the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.
Gain unique insight and perspective into how international racing is different than in the U.S. Top international racing personalites share their thoughts on how racing in the U.S. is viewed internationally.
The equivalent of Ownership 101, this is a crash-course in the basics of getting started in world of racehorse ownership.
Head to the Sagamore Social Lounge for a chance to shmooze with racing professionals including breeders, owners, media personalities, handicappers and more.
Don't miss this event as some of racing's most accomplished figures discuss the never ending search for the next great racehorse. Listen to stories of what goes into finding the next big horse and tales of triumph along the way.
Your favorite jockeys appear for a special Breeders' Cup week meet & greet and autograph signing. Autograph session will benefit the Permanently Disabled jockeys Fund (PDJF).
The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance hosts a session discussing how to find and Off-Track Thoroughbred (OTTB), what OTTBs know, and the opportunities you have with an OTTB.
Listen to some of the top Breeders' Cup winning trainers share stories and details about training a Breeders' Cup winner.
Step up to the Four Roses Authors Hub to grab copies of two essential books for horseplayers, and meet the books' authors: "Betting with an Edge," by Mike Maloney, and "The WInning Contest Player," by Peter Thomas Fornatale.
Misty Mountain String Band on the Breeders' Cup Main Stage Presented by the National Steeplechase Association
Equestricon 2018 at the Kentucky International Convention Center winds down with the Misty Mountain String Band on the Breeders' Cup Main Stage. Grab a drink from the Equestricon Paddock Bar, sit back, relax and enjoy some live music before the curtain drops on EQcon18!
Some of racing's top photographers share their stories and what goes in to capturing the perfect shot.
Jockeys live some of the most unique lives while working one of the most dangerous jobs in sports. In this educational session, jockeys will share personal stories, answer your questions and demonstrate what it's really like to ride a racehorse.
WFPK Presents "Off to the Races" with Jukebox the Ghost An Equestricon and Breeders' Cup Festival Event
Join us as we celebrate the close of the Equestricon® General Session with Jukebox the Ghost at Mercury Ballroom in downtown Louisville!
Enjoy a champagne toast with Breeders' Cup special guests and connections in this special hospitality area next to the saddling paddock.
After the races walk over to the Kentucky Derby Museum and enjoy a cocktail for a good cause! This can’t miss event will feature Bluegrass inspired hors d’oeuvres, live music, and a live auction of exciting racing experiences and memorabilia.
Thoroughbred trainers stop by and chat with fans in the Sagamore Social Lounge.
A discussion of American racing’s place in the global racing scene. What do we do right and what could we learn from other racing jursidictions? The Hong Kong Jockey Club's Pat Cummings moderates.
The Backstretch Employee Service Team (B.E.S.T.) presents a video demonstrating its efforts to improve the lives of backstretch workers at New York racetracks. Larry Collmus, the voice of NYRA, the Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup on NBC, will participate in the awareness-building seminar.
Interested in owning a racehorse? Heads of several racing partnerships explain how you can get in the game with a lower barrier to entry through fractional ownership. TVG's Caton Bredar moderates.
Four-time MLB All Star and NYRA TV personality Paul Lo Duca signs autographs and meets with fans inside the Equestricon™ Legends of Racing hub. Add-on Autograph Pass or VIP Pass required.
Meet the team behind this year's Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming in the Equestricon "Winner's Circle". Take a photo with the KY Derby trophy, and the connections behind the horse that won the Run for the Roses! Appearance to benefit the PDJF.
Come hang out for a while in the Sagamore Social Lounge, while networking with young racing professionals from all corners of the sport.
At every level of the game, members of the Hispanic community play a significant role in the sport of racing. Panelists discuss their experiences building a career in the racing world. HRRN's Roberto Rodriguez moderates.
Based in Saratoga Springs, Parting Glass Racing offers the full ownership experience with shares in quality New York breds. Join us for a meet and greet with Parting Glass principals, staff, and members! Champagne Mimosas, Cheese Platter and Chocolate Covered Strawberries will also be served!
Leading trainers share stories of their successes and challenges and how those experiences shaped their perspective on the sport. NYRA's Andy Serling moderates.
New technologies constantly change the landscape in handicapping. Representatives from several organizations explain and demonstrate their new products.
Women who work in racing discuss their career experiences as well as their perspectives on the sport. NYRA's Maggie Wolfendale Morley moderates.
Q&A: The Breeding Game Presented by The New York Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund and NYBREDS.com
Panelists representing various positions in the breeding industry discuss their roles, outlooks, and strategies and take questions from the audience.
Triple-Crown-winning jockeys speak about their experiences capturing one of the hardest titles in professional sports. Hear stories from the riders of Secretariat and Seattle Slew. NBC Sports' Donna Brothers moderates.