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The Future of Horse Racing is the topic for Northern Kentucky Chamber March Eggs ‘N Issues discussion

The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce will host Eggs ‘N Issues: The Future of Horse Racing on Tuesday, March 20. During the event, a panel of experts will discuss the various aspects of the industry and its importance in the commonwealth.

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Mark Simendinger of the Kentucky Speedway and Commissioner of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, will moderate the panel, which will feature industry icons Mike Battaglia and Steve Cauthen.

An American horse racing analyst, race caller, and television broadcaster, Mike Battaglia got his start at Churchill Downs in 1974. Over the course of his career he served as track announcer at Turfway Park, Keenland, and Churchill Downs where he called 19 Kentucky Derbys during his tenure. He was inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame in 2017.

Now retired, Steve Cauthen was the youngest jockey to win the U.S. Triple Crown (1978), and the only jockey to have won both the Kentucky Derby (1978) and England’s Derby Stakes (1985 & 1987). His career includes numerous racing wins outside of the United States including the French Derby, Irish Derby, and Italian Derby. 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of his U.S. Triple Crown win.

“It’s an honor for us to be able to bring these two industry legends together to talk about the horse racing industry,” said Brent Cooper, CEO and president of the Northern Kentucky Chamber. “Not only are horses and racing a large part of our identity, but they have a huge impact on our economy. It’s a $4 billion industry that supports roughly 100,000 jobs across all 120 counties.”

Mike Battaglia stands in front of a picture of Steve Cauthen winning the Kentucky Derby aboard Affirmed. Battaglia and Cauthen will be panelists at the NKY Chamber March Eggs ‘N Issues discussion on the future of horse racing (file photo).

Eggs ‘N Issues will take place at Receptions Banquet and Conference Center – South (1379 Donaldson Road, Erlanger, KY 41018). The event will begin with check-in, breakfast, and networking from 7:30-7:55am, with the program running from 7:55-9am.

Registration for Eggs ‘N Issues is $25 for Chamber members and $50 for future members. Pre-registration is required online at www.NKYChamber.com/events.

The Title Sponsor for Eggs ‘N Issues is DBL Law. Monthly sponsors include Belterra Park Cincinnati, Huntington Bank, and Turfway Park. This month’s non-profit spotlight is ArtsWave.

The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce is the leading business organization in Northern Kentucky. It is a Five-Star Accredited Chamber with nearly 1,500 member companies representing approximately 175,000 employees. The Chamber focuses its efforts on education, workforce development, international trade, leadership development, and government relations at the federal, state and local level. Additional information on the Chamber is available here.

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