Inaugural Horse Racing Women's Summit
Sept 28 - 30
Join us September 28 - 30, 2022 at Santa Anita Park
Founded as an initiative of the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) Owner Relations Committee, the Horse Racing Women’s Summit has blossomed into an event gathering national attention. The multi-day event aims to bring together people from all facets of the horse racing industry with the mission of connecting and empowering women in horse racing. This event is designed for people from all facets of the industry including racing, bloodstock, breeding, ownership, aftercare, marketing and more. We look forward to inspiring Summit members to be trailblazers, build networks, meet new friends, foster deep discussions, and ultimately Engage, Innovate and Invest!
Registration & Welcome Reception
4:30 - 6:30pm
Join us at the beautiful 100-1 Club with stunning views of the San Gabriel mountains and the racetrack for cocktails and In-N-Out burgers to kick off the summit! Michelle Yu will be shepherding the conversation as the event MC.
Registration & Breakfast
7:30 - 8:30am
Check in and fuel up before the Keynote event.
8:45 - 10:15am
Kickoff the summit with our featured Keynote Speaker Susan Packard
Panel 1: Thriving Through Challenges
10:45 AM - 12:00pm
Dr. Dionne Benson - Chief Veterinary Officer, 1/ST RACING
Dora Delgado - EVP & Chief Racing OFC, Breeders’ Cup
Christa Marrillia - Vice President & CMO, Keeneland
Rikki Tanenbaum - Chief Commercial Officer and President, Gaming, 1/ST GAMING & RACING
Moderator: Britney Eurton - On-Air Host & Reporter, NBC & FanDuel TV
12:15 - 1:30pm
Plated luncheon in the Chandelier Room with Amy Howe, CEO of FanDuel Group
Panel 2: Looking Ahead - Opportunities for the Industry
2:00 - 3:15pm
Jodie Vella-Gregory - Director Office of Innovation, 1/ST RACING
Shona Rotondo - Head of Marketing, MyRacehorse US
Lindsay Schanzer - Senior Producer at NBC Sports Group
Lisa Kerney - FanDuel TV and Events Host
Moderator: Annise Montplaisir - Co-founder & President, Amplify Horse Racing
Panel 3: Industry Integrity - A Brighter Future
3:45 - 5:00pm
Bo Derek - Board Member, DMTC & Animal Activist
Shannon Kelly - E.D., Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation
Marie Moretti - Board, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
Jen Roytz - Co-owner/manager of Brownstead Farm & co-founder/partner of Topline Communications
Moderator: Kellie Hill - Sr. Vice President of MedWest Realty and CEO of Stay Classy Horse Racing
5:00 - 6:00pm
Unwind and network with your Women’s Summit colleagues. Libations and appetizers included.
Join FanDuel TV's Christina Blacker to get a jump on the weekend's races and sharpen your handicapping skills.
Optional Add Ons To Your Experience
Fashionable Fillies Luncheon:
We're thrilled to share that summit attendees will receive a $50 discount to the Fashionable Fillies Luncheon held in the Chandelier Room on Friday, September 30th. Tickets to the event are listed at $150 and will be offered at a rate of $100. To receive your discount use promo code HRWS22 and click HERE to purchase tickets. Following the luncheon, attendees will have access to the Chandelier balcony for the remainder of the race day with any additional F&B to be paid separately on individual tabs.
Opportunities to Go Racing:
On Friday, Saturday & Sunday, HRWS attendees will have access to a reserved section of Santa Anita clubhouse box seats available at no charge (F&B to be paid separately on individual tabs). To inquire about these tickets, contact Jodie Vella-Gregory at Jodie@1st.com. Please confirm interest by Friday, September 23rd to take advantage of these opportunities to go racing.
Click HERE to download our Event Concierge document for helpful details to plan your trip.
Featured Keynote Speaker
Susan is a visionary brand builder who draws on her own experience advising companies on leadership development, innovation and the strategies needed to win in any market condition. She cultivated an impressive career as she was the first woman to join the Churchill Downs Inc Board of Directors, oversaw the development and launch of HGTV, DIY Network, Fine Living Network, and online interactive platforms. An accomplished author and speaker, Packard advocates for a revolutionary new perspective for businesswomen, which she calls “gamesmanship”—a strategic way of thinking that cultivates creativity, focus, optimism, teamwork, and competitiveness. Susan will be joining us to speak about emotional fitness, the subject of her second book, Fully Human and her new book, The Little Book of College Sobriety, stories from College Students, a Few Graduates, and One Mother.
Fan Duel TV and Events Host
Lisa Kerney is currently the host of FanDuel’s Sports Betting and Daily Fantasy Sports show called “More Ways To Win” which airs weekly throughout the NFL season, Playoffs, and Super Bowl. She also hosts FanDuel “Specials,” Events, and off-season productions related to NBA, MLB, NHL and the NCAA. Prior to FanDuel, Kerney shined as a high-profile ESPN studio anchor from 2014 to 2018. She appeared on various shows across several ESPN platforms including SportsCenter five days a week, Fantasy Football Now, NFL Insiders, and NFL Live. She also hosted ESPN’s first-ever internal podcast called “Stay Curious with Lisa Kerney.” Kerney is a graduate of Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL where she majored in broadcast communications and was point guard and captain of the women's
basketball team. Kerney is a proud native of Kansas City and currently resides in Greenwich, CT. She and her husband Patrick Kerney, who played 11 season in the NFL for the Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons, have three daughters and a son.
Sr. Producer, NBC Sports
Award-winning producer Lindsay Schanzer was named Senior Producer of NBC Sports’ Kentucky Derby coverage in 2022, making history as the first woman ever to produce the Kentucky Derby telecast. Schanzer oversees all horse racing production for the network and has worked on NBC Sports’ horse racing team for 10 years, including as the lead producer of NBC Sports’ Preakness Stakes, Breeders’ Cup and Royal Ascot production since 2020, and produced last year’s Belmont Stakes. A five-time Sports Emmy winner, Schanzer joined NBC Sports in 2011 and also has worked on Sunday Night Football, Football Night in America, Notre Dame Football, Wimbledon, Roland Garros, and Premier League. In addition, she was part of production teams for seven Olympic Games and one Super Bowl.
EVP & Chief Racing Officer, Breeders' Cup
Dora Delgado started with the Breeders’ Cup in 1983 and currently holds the position of Executive Vice President & Chief Racing Officer. She is primarily responsible for the development and administration of the Breeders’ Cup’s racing programs around the world including the Win and You’re In Challenge Series and thoroughbred racing’s greatest global event, the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. She is also responsible for the promotion and expansion of the foal and stallion nomination programs worldwide to maximize participation and generate program sustaining revenue.
Dr. Dionne Benson
Chief Veterinary Officer, 1/ST RACING
Dr. Dionne Benson is the first to hold the title of Chief Veterinary Officer for 1/ST RACING. Dr. Benson is responsible for directing all veterinary safety and welfare practices and protocols, as well as equine research initiatives for the 1/ST RACING and training brands including, California’s Santa Anita Park, Golden Gate Fields and San Luis Rey Downs, Gulfstream Park, and Palm Meadows in South Florida, and Pimlico Race Course, Laurel Park and Bowie Training Center in Maryland.
Board Member, DMTC & Animal Activist
Bo Derek is an American actress, model, and horse owner who has dedicated her life to animal welfare. Bo is Special Envoy of the Secretary of State for Wildlife Trafficking where she works on behalf of the United States and the Coalition Against Wildlife Trafficking. She is also a National Spokesperson for The Humane Society of the United States Disaster Relief, board member of the Permanently Disabled Jockey Foundation and Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, and former Commissioner and Vice Chair of the California Horse Racing Board. Bo also serves on the board of WildAid. A non-governmental organization focused on increasing public support of wildlife conservation.
CEO FanDuel Group
Amy Howe serves as CEO of FanDuel Group with responsibility for the strategic direction and performance of the company’s core commercial functions across its Sportsbook, Casino, Racing and Daily Fantasy units. Howe joined FanDuel Group from Live Nation Entertainment where she held several positions of increasing authority, culminating as Global Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Ticketmaster, the largest division of Live Nation Entertainment. As COO of Ticketmaster, Howe led the digital transformation and modernization of the company’s ticketing platform, doubling its growth in gross ticketing value and growing the mobile app install base by 400%.
Executive Director Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation
Shannon Kelly started at The Jockey Club in 2013 and serves as the Executive Director of The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation, which assists humans in need in the thoroughbred industry in North America. As Director, Shannon is responsible for the major gift fundraising and the distribution of such charitable assistance. She plans multiple charity events per year, and travels to racetracks nationwide to assess need. In addition, Shannon is the development manager for Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and is also responsible for The Jockey Club Membership services. She can be found assisting industry partners with hospitality at premier racing events. She serves as an Advisory Board member for the Belmont Child Care Association, and is an active volunteer with the Racetrack Chaplaincy of America’s New York Division.
Vice President & CMO, Keeneland
Christa Marrillia joined Keeneland in 2003 and serves as the company’s Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. She began her career at Keeneland in 2003 and now oversees the Broadcasting, Communications, Marketing, Office Services, and Retail teams. A native of Midway, Kentucky, Marrillia is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is actively engaged in the community as a member of the VisitLEX Tourism Commission and is on the board of directors for LexArts and the Downtown Lexington Partnership advisory board.
Board Member, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
Marie Moretti is a member of the Board of Directors of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club (DMTC). Prior to joining the DMTC, she served as a Commissioner on the California Horse Racing Board for eight years. Marie was first introduced to horse racing by legendary jockey, Bill Shoemaker, for whom she helped market his international retirement tour dubbed the “Legend’s Last Ride.” Marie’s professional career spans decades in the public, non-profit and private sectors. In her capacity as a public affairs executive, she directed legislative-support campaigns on behalf of the Federation of California Racing Associations. The focus of which highlighted the industry’s benefits to the State of California and supported its efforts to reduce excessive taxes on horse racing. Marie is currently the Chief Marketing Officer for Medea, Inc. based in Northern California. She is a graduate of Pitzer College in Claremont, CA and the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Chief Commercial Officer and President, Gaming, 1/ST RACING & GAMING
Rikki is a gaming and hospitality executive with experience in marketing, strategy and operations across corporate, privately held and Tribal organizations. She has led teams at MGM Resorts International, Viejas Resort & Casino, Penn National Gaming, Caesars Entertainment, and at Landry’s Golden Nugget Casinos. Rikki earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania, her Masters of Hospitality Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and her MBA from Duke University. Rikki splits her time between Southern California and Las Vegas, and serves as Vice Chair of The Animal Foundation’s (Las Vegas) Board of Directors, Chair of the Dean’s Global Advisory Board at the Harrah College of Hospitality at UNLV, and as board director at The Guinn Center for Public Policy. Rikki is mother to a one-year-old who has reacquainted her with Sesame Street.
Co-owner/manager of Brownstead Farm and co-founder/partner of Topline Communications
Jen’s role as a co-founder and owner of Topline Communications sees her doing a little bit of everything, from project management, brand strategy and strategic planning to content creation, writing, video production and media relations.In addition to Topline, Jen manages Brownstead Farm, a Thoroughbred farm she and her husband, Dr. Stuart Brown, own in Versailles, Ky. Brownstead specializes in raising, selling and racing Thoroughbreds, as well as re-training them for sport horse careers.
Head of Marketing at MyRacehorse US & Co-Founder of Grand Slam Social.
Shona Rotondo is a lifelong equestrian and Co-founder of Grand Slam Social LLC, a boutique social media agency that focuses on marketing strategies for horse racing and equestrian brands. Since inception, GSS has engaged in every aspect of the racing industry producing work for NBC Sports, Fasig-Tipton, Woodford Thoroughbreds, Breeders' Cup and more. Now the Head of Marketing at MyRacehorse, Shona focuses on overall positioning, strategy, and execution of customer acquisition, sales and CRM while managing paid, earned and owned media efforts. She also contributes to global marketing initiatives designed to create a consistent brand experience in new regions like Australia, UK and Ireland.
Director, Office of Innovation at 1/ST RACING
A lifelong equestrian, Jodie Vella-Gregory began her career in eventing in her native Canada, eventually landing a spot on the Young Riders Team for Alberta. After graduation from the University of Alberta with a degree in political science and psychology, she interned at KESMARC in Lexington, Kentucky, then worked as a clinician and surgeon technician for Dr. Scott Hopper at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital before shifting to the racing industry, working at Breeders’ Cup Ltd and Santa Anita Park in various roles.
Currently, she is the Director of Innovation for 1/ST RACING (formerly known as The Stronach Group), elevating the overall experience for horses and horsemen and women at the company’s nationwide facilities. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of the Retired Racehorse Project, Jodie is on the advisory board for The Jockey Club’s Safety Net Foundation, raising funds for the backstretch community needs.
FanDuel TV Host & Reporter
Christina Olivares Blacker was born and bred for the world of
horse racing. The daughter of jockey Frank Olivares, the racetrack
has been a part of Christina’s life since day one. An accomplished
show jumper and avid horsewoman, Christina has built a life
centered around equine athletes. Christina knew early on that she
wanted a career in television and is a graduate of the USC
Annenberg School for Communications. In 2006, Christina was recruited by TVG as a full time host and reporter. She hosted the original program Lady Luck for three seasons; a show focusing entirely on a women’s prospective of the racing game. Christina has also anchored coverage of the Fall Stars meet at Belmont Park, the Monmouth Park Elite Meet, The Eclipse Awards, The Pegasus
World Cup Invitational, Keeneland Racing and Sales coverage and the Breeders’ Cup.
Internationally, Christina serves as the American Correspondent
for Luck on Sunday; an original program broadcast on Racing TV
in the UK. Christina is also the host of Wire to Wire, a show
dedicated to the stable owned and operated by My Racehorse.
Christina uses a variety of racing products for her analysis but
relies heavily on Race Lens, of which she is a spokesperson.
Santa Anita Simulcast host
Michelle Yu will be joining the summit as Master of Ceremonies. Yu has been a lifelong racing fan who spun her love into a career. A love of horses led her to work for trainers like Ron Moquett and Steve Asmussen and eventually found herself in the world of TV. Yu has been a part of broadcasts for TVG and HRTV in the past and can currently be seen covering The Breeders' Cup, Saudi Cup, Dubai World Cup, Royal Ascot and on Fox. Yu is married to Santa Anita based trainer Ryan Hanson and has two children; Olivia and Spencer. She maintains a presence at the barn and also helps with starting yearlings. Twitter @themichelleyu.
TO REMOVE BARRIERS
Attendees are seeking a collaborative environment in which they can connect across industry pillars as well as influence the decisions that affect the trajectory of the industry.
Hearing stories from the careers of colleagues and mentors will help build a peer network through which women can expand their community within the sport. Educational and breakout sessions at the conference will empower women with the knowledge they need to build their careers in racing.
TO BUILD INCLUSIVITY AND LEADERSHIP
The Summit will promote inclusion in the horse racing industry and give a prominent voice to women, paving the way for overarching improvements in the sport. Horse Racing enjoys a vibrant fan base of women, and valuable contributions from its female workforce, but there is more to do to promote women in leadership and executive roles.
By establishing a mentorship program, the Summit will provide guidance on how to navigate common industry politics, creating a path for all to feel confident in pursuing a career in horse racing.
TO DEVELOP AND GROW THE SPORT
Women comprise an enthusiastic and vocal percentage of racing’s audience. Involving women in business decisions is key to the long term health and success of our sport, and the Summit intends to increase their participation at all levels.
Horse owner, TOC, TOBA, and Gregson Foundation Board Member, Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation Advisory Board Member, Shamrock Community Foundation/College + Career Planning Founder/Owner.
1/ST RACING is committed to achieving the highest horse care and safety standards in Thoroughbred racing, and we have a track record of pushing those standards forward. It all starts with doing right by the horses as soon as they arrive at our venues.
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
Thoroughbred Owners of California
West Point Thoroughbreds
The Jockey Club
Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders Association
Insurance Office of America
Maryland Horse Breeders Association
Grand Slam Social
National Thoroughbred Racing Association
AJ Suited Racing Stable
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