07/05/2001 11:00PM

Cornell symposium talks business this year


The New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc., in conjunction with Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine, will present the Cornell at Saratoga Symposium on Aug. 13-15 at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

The three-day event, which made its debut last year at Saratoga, covers 13 topics dedicated to equine-related issues.

The majority of the sessions focus on equine health, but breeding philosophies and business and finance issues also will be addressed.

Paul Schosberg, a past NYTB president and now a member of NYTB's board of directors, said the inaugural symposium drew 200 to 300 attendees.

Schosberg said that even before the first symposium took place, the NYTB and Cornell were in agreement the event would be more than a one-shot deal.

"When we put the program together last year, we made a fairly explicit decision to do it on a multiyear basis," Schosberg said. "We wanted the event to become imbedded into the Saratoga calendar and for it to develop an audience. Saratoga was the natural venue because a confluence of racing people are there. We had a pool of talent in which to draw from for our panels. Saratoga was the right site and the right time."

Schosberg said the feedback from last year's symposium was complimentary and that one of elements of the symposium that appealed to attendees was that dialogue was encouraged among panel members and the audience.

"We didn't want it to be just talking heads," Schosberg said.

Topics new to the schedule this year are business planning, finances, and taxes as they relate to the industry. One of the discussion participants on the business and finance panel is Cot Campbell, the president of Dogwood Stable, who has put together many successful Thoroughbred racing partnerships.

"After all, this is a business," Schosberg said. "They are people, who are into horses for the pure pleasure of it, but we're addressing the whole symposium and some people would like to know how to construct a rational business plan."

A late edition to this year's symposium roster is a topic of great concern to the racing industry these days - the mare reproductive loss syndrome. Christine Schweizer and Dietrich Volkmann of Cornell's theriogenology department are the among the speakers.

Some well-known trainers, including Carl Nafzger, Joe Orseno, and Linda Rice are scheduled to participate on panels.

The registration fee for the symposium is $395 or $360 for NYTB members. The fee includes breakfast each day and lunch and dinner on Monday.

Registration forms for the symposium are available online at www.vet.cornell.edu/cornellatsaratoga or register by phone by calling Brenda Daniels at (607) 253-4148.

Edwards has another Triple threat

Owner and breeder James Edwards gets another crack at the $250,000 owner's bonus tied into the Big Apple Triple. Last year, Edwards won the first two legs of the series with Image Maker, who blew the bonus by finishing fourth in the final leg, the Albany Handicap.

Edwards won the first leg this year with Solar Deputy in the $140,167 Mike Lee Handicap on June 30. The next race in the triple is the $125,000 New York Derby at Finger Lakes on July 28.

Dinner meeting set for July 30

The NYTB has scheduled the first of a series of bimonthly dinner meetings. A subject of interest to New York breeders and owners will be discussed at each dinner and a guest speaker or panel will present the topic.

The first meeting is at Longfellow's Restaurant in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. at 6 p.m. on July 30. The subject is: "Purse appeal. How to improve the purse structure at New York Thoroughbred tracks."

The cost is $20 for NYTB members and $25 for non-members. To register call (518) 587-0777.

* The NYTB is offering two $1,000 scholarships to students pursuing careers in the equine industry. The scholarships were donated by New York stallion owners. Students enrolled in the equine program at SUNY Cobbleskill, SUNY Morrisville, and Cazenovia College are eligible to apply. Call the NYTB at (518) 587-0777 to apply.