10/07/2013 3:07PM

The Jockey Club, South American federation announce plans for conference


The Jockey Club and the Organizacion Sudamericana de Fomento del Sangre Pira de Carrera (O.S.A.F.), which promotes Thoroughbred breeding and racing in nine South American countries, will host a Pan American Conference in New York City from June 3-6, 2015.

The conference, which will coincide with the 2015 Belmont Stakes, will feature prospective topics including simulcasting, medication, harmonization of rules, international ratings and classifications, marketing, stud book issues, the importing and exporting of bloodstock, and Thoroughbred ownership. It will be held on a biannual basis following the 2015 edition.

The announcement was made on Monday at the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities’ 47th International Conference of Horseracing Authorities in Paris, France.

“The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities was built and thrives on communication and collaboration among racing nations, and we are very pleased to see the Pan American countries come together to share opportunities, challenges and best practices that will enhance Thoroughbred breeding and racing,” said Louis Romanet, chairman of the IFHA. “We eagerly look forward to the Pan American Conference in New York in 2015.”

O.S.A.F. is the South American association for the promotion of Thoroughbred Race Horse Breeding in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.