The inaugural Equestricon racing conference held at Saratoga Springs this week was an unequivocal success. From a variety of interesting panels, to exhibitors, participation from around the industry and attendance from fans and key industry employees - it was a hit on every level.
"We were extremely pleased with turnout," noted Equestricon co-founder Justin Nicholson. "Fans, of all ages and interest-levels, were able to connect directly with their favorite racing personalities, Triple Crown-winning jockeys and other legends. In our Woodbine Tech Lounge, alone, we saw jockeys playing video games with fans and utilizing our virtual reality headset. It was just a cool atmosphere and a really fun vibe."
Going into the first-ever conference, most everyone didn't know what to expect. But what we found was a vibrant conference with a tremendous gathering of racing fans and plenty explore.
A sampling of some of the panels included:
- The Greatest Race Calls (with Tom Durkin, Travis Stone, Dave Rodman, Larry Collmus)
- Tournament Handicapping Workshop (see Periscope video)
- Triple Crown Jockeys (Q & A)
- How to Get a Job in Racing
- Racing Marketing from Coast to Coast
- Young Racing Photographers (Q & A)
- HANA Horseplayers Forum
Autograph signings included Team Secretariat, Triple Crown jockeys, Ramon Dominguez and Tom Durkin, plus Pat Day.
— Equestricon (@EQconvention) August 14, 2017