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History & Alumni
The first and only four-year degree program for the pari-mutuel industry is located in Tucson, Arizona, at the University of Arizona. The Race Track Industry Program (RTIP) has educated racing's leaders for nearly 40 years. Started by Frank Vessels, of the National Association of State Racing Commissioners (now ARCI) and The Jockey Club's John K. Goodman, a roster of racing's best and brightest have gone through the program.
The RTIP features in-depth instruction in racing's regulatory structure, the inner workings of the racing office and the art of creating condition books, the basics of horse care and what it takes to train the equine athlete, as well as the management issues surrounding handle, take-out and alternative gaming. The program also offers courses in marketing, business strategy and human resource management.
A strong group of industry insiders lines up each semester as guest speakers, including owner Mike Pegram, NTRA president Alex Waldrop, ARCI president Ed Martin, NYRA marketing director Dan Silver, to name a few.
The RTIP hosts the annual Symposium on Racing & Gaming each December, where experts discuss hot topics in racing, from safety & integrity to the ever-changing technology that runs the game. Students choose established industry professionals as mentors for a Q&A Mentor Lunch.
Among the many fine alumni of the RTIP are top trainers Bob Baffert and Todd Pletcher, as well as track executives Bill Knauf of Monmouth Park, Robert Hartman of Gold Gate Fields and Raj Mutti of Hastings Park. Others who boast an RTIP education are NYRA's Dan Silver, Monmouth's Sophia Mangalee, National HBPA director Remi Bellocq, and many more.
For how to enroll and more information, go to www.ua-rtip.org