Racing Investigators Conference Set for March: The Blood Horse 2/4/16

By: Frank Angst

Racing investigators will cover a wide range of topics when they meet for four days in March at Delaware Park in Wilmington, Del.

The Organization of Racing Investigators has set the final agenda for its training conference March 14-17 that will include a March 15 address from Delaware attorney general Matthew Denn on integrity in sports.

“This is the only formal meeting that combines security training and intelligence sharing organization out there that consists of law enforcement, regulatory horse racing investigators, race track association security departments, and state and federal agencies assigned to horse racing throughout North America,” said ORI chairman John Wayne. “These meetings have been effective in forming networks between racing jurisdictions to thwart wrongdoing in racing. A black eye in one jurisdiction bruises our image elsewhere. We are looking forward to a successful conference to further our efforts in protecting our industry.”

Some other March 15 presentations include Delaware Department of Technology and Information chief security officer Elayne Starkey addressing cyber threats and prevention methods, and Racing Medication and Testing Consortium executive director Dionne Benson demonstrating on-track veterinarian inspections, and a welcome from Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau chairman John Mooney.

Some March 16 highlights include Association of Racing Commissioners International president Ed Martin discussing results of the organization’s town hall meetings and Troy Moffatt of the Ontario Racing Commission on how racing investigators can work with fire investigators.

The conference begins with a welcome reception March 14 and concludes with business meetings March 17.