12/05/2005 1:00AM

Symposium under way

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The University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program's Symposium on Racing, the largest parimutuel conference in the United States, began Tuesday at Loew's Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, Ariz., with panels examining casino demographics and marketing, racehorse ownership issues, state breeding programs, and the use of microchips to identify horses. The following is the schedule of panels for Wednesday:

8 to 9:15 a.m.: "Racino Design." Theory and application integrating casino gambling into a parimutuel racetrack.

"Managing Media Rights to Maximize Value." Retention, control, and consolidation of broadcast, Internet, data, and betting rights.

9:30 to 10:30 a.m.: "Perspectives on Wagering System Design." Structuring the bet-processing network for accurate tracking and control of wagering information.

9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.: "Slots 101 Workshop." Basics of casino operations.

"Stewards Roundtable." Discussion about stewards' issues.

10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.: "International and Interstate Commerce Issues for Racing." Implications of recent federal cases involving parimutuel gambling.