Racing and Gaming Conference in Saratoga to Host Charity Event to Benefit Equine Therapy for Veterans – Horse Racing News


Historic Canfield Casino, a Saratoga Springs landmark, will be the location for a fun casino charity event to benefit Trauma and Resiliency Resources (TRR).

The fundraiser will be part of the activities planned for attendees of the Saratoga Racing and Gaming Conference (RGCS), August 15-17, at the Saratoga Hilton.

The enchanting beauty and rich history of Canfield Casino dates back to the 1870s. Originally built by John Morrissey, the founder of Saratoga Racecourse, and vastly improved two decades later by gentleman gambler Richard Canfield, the Monte Carlo of America is a preserved gem of Italianate architecture. Although the Canfield ceased to operate as a gambling parlor in 1907, it established Saratoga Springs as a gambling town and opened the door to the likes of Arnold Rothstein, Lucky Luciano and Meyer Lansky, all of whom built and owned gambling establishments in Saratoga Springs. a decade later, the RGCS will turn the venue into a faux casino with plenty of themed food, drink and cocktails.

Proceeds from the casino event will go to support TRR, a charity that uses horse-assisted psychotherapy (EAP). EAP is a powerful psychotherapeutic approach that uses retired racehorses in psychotherapy for veterans. Working with horses has helped veterans discover and overcome unhealthy patterns and behaviors, especially as they affect their relationships with others.

Hattie’s Restaurant, an iconic Saratoga Springs restaurant since 1938, known for its famous fried chicken, will host the event on Tuesday, August 16 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. RGCS will also host two other networking events. – a welcome cocktail on Monday evening, August 15 at the popular 408 Saratoga, located in the heart of downtown Saratoga Springs, and an afternoon of racing at the historic Saratoga Racetrack on Wednesday, August 17.

RGCS will also offer an extensive curriculum addressing critical horse racing and gaming industry topics, including:

  • Responsible Gaming: Are programs and funding keeping pace with industry growth?
  • State Lotteries – Finding Pathways to Growth
  • Sports betting: what next?
  • Downstate Casino Expansion
  • Online Casinos
  • The Rise (or Bane) of Unregulated Gaming Machines
  • Investment trends in mergers and acquisitions in sports betting and online gaming
  • Gaming Regulation in the Digital Age: Are “Analog” Regulations and Regulators Enough to Control the Digital Gaming Market?
  • The Horse Racing Integrity and Safety Act and the Future of Racing
  • Horse Racing, NFT, and the Metaverse
  • Tracking racehorses: who pays?
  • Fixed odds and the future of horse racing betting

The conference is jointly produced by Tinhorn Productions and Spectrum Gaming Group. To register, consult the RGCS agenda & book a room at the host hotel, go to

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