Next Membership Meeting: Steve Koch

Next Membership Meeting:

Steve Koch

“Racetrack operations, industry integrity, and economic insight.”

May 25th, 2016 at Fasig Tipton

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Toronto Ont.Sept14, 2014.Woodbine Racetrack.WEG Vice President thorougbred racing .Steve Koch. michael burns photo
Toronto Ont.Sept14, 2014.Woodbine Racetrack.WEG Vice President thorougbred racing .Steve Koch. michael burns photo

Steve Koch joined the NTRA in 2015 as the Executive Director of the Safety & Integrity Alliance, the thoroughbred industry’s accreditation program for national uniform racetrack safety and integrity standards. The 23 Alliance accredited racetracks host 90% of graded stakes and over 70% of wagering on thoroughbred races in the United States and Canada.

Steve previously served 12 years at Canada’s Woodbine Racetrack, where he was Vice President of Racing from 2008 to 2015. As vice president he oversaw all aspects of the Thoroughbred racing product as well as the company’s Racing Surfaces, Grounds and Stables, and Fleet divisions. During Steve’s term as vice president Woodbine enjoyed 40% wagering growth, continuous industry Best Practice ratings from the Safety & Integrity Alliance, and a considerable rebound from the collapse of Ontario’s Slots at Racetracks Program. In 2014/2015 Steve lead the business case and decision process that culminated in Woodbine’s $8 million main track synthetic surface replacement in 2016.

Throughout his career Steve has leveraged thoroughbred industry data for unique economic and business analyses. His series of econometric wagering demand models have been discussed at industry forums such as the University of Arizona Global Symposium on Racing and the University of Louisville Equine Business Program.

Prior to Woodbine, Steve worked for Keeneland and he was raised as a horseman at Claiborne Farm in Paris, Kentucky. He holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Kentucky.

Steve participates on various industry boards including the Racing Officials Accreditation Program, Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory, The American Horse Council’s Unwanted Horse Coalition, and the Welfare and Safety Summit’s Racing Equipment & Safety Committee.

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 • RSVP’s must be in by 5 p.m. May 20th, 2016.
• No RSVP’s will be taken after the deadline.
• Walk-in seating very limited.
• Registration begins at 6:15 P.M. at Fasig Tipton
• Dinner begins at 7:00 P.M.
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