Patrick Brown, co-founder of the Brown & Weinraub law firm in Albany and who serves a member of the Albany Law School, Government Law Center Advisory Board, will serve as conference director after having been a conference participant for many years. Spectrum Gaming Group, which earlier this year delivered a comprehensive gaming market study for the New York State Gaming Commission, will organize the event and the New York Racing Association will provide the venue for the Conference at its beautiful 1863 Club at the Saratoga Race Course
The Racing and Gaming Conference at Saratoga (RGCS) began in 2001 as The Saratoga Institute on Equine, Racing and Gaming Law and for 19 years was produced by the Government Law Center of Albany Law School. In February 2020, the Albany Law School turned over the reins to Brown.
Quite naturally, the Law School produced conferences for lawyers dominated by legal issues. The new conference will continue to offer discussions on topical legal issues but will expand its agenda to include other topics of interest to a broader audience. The first day will focus on equine and racing issues and the second day will concentrate on other types of gambling such as sports betting and casinos.
Tinhorn Productions, LLC is a sole proprietorship created by Patrick Brown for the purpose of carrying on the annual Racing and Gaming Conference during the Saratoga meet. Pat Brown is no stranger to anyone who has attended the Conference in the past or is involved in racing and gaming in New York. For over 30 years, Pat has been a gaming advocate, lawyer, teacher and most importantly, a fan.
After spending several years working In the New York Court of Appeals, in 1987, Mr. Brown joined Governor Mario Cuomo's staff as one of his lawyers. Among many other responsibilities, he served as the Governor’s principal advisor on horse racing and gaming issues. After leaving public service in 1995, Pat entered into private practice; first at Plunkett & Jaffe and then at Brown & Weinraub, a law firm specializing in government relations and lobbying. Over the years, Mr. Brown has advocated for numerous standardbred and thoroughbred interests and he was lucky to be involved with two of the four winning bidders for upstate casino licenses, del Lago and Rivers Casinos.
In 2020, Mr. Brown retired from lobbying and now has time to write and pursue other interests including producing this Conference.
A sample of his writing, a piece about betting on political contests, is included in the Conference materials. Skills Pat Brown never developed over his 40 year career are event planner and producer but he has learned to surround himself with talented people. The Conference would never have happened without the experience and talents of the folks at Spectrum Gaming and our host, the New York Racing Association.