The Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau announced April 13 the promotion of J. Curtis Linnell to the position of director of wagering analysis.
Linnell has been employed by TRPB as a wagering analyst since 2003. During that time he has contributed to industry initiatives such as the Enterprise Wagering RFP, the NTRA's Wagering Systems Task Force, and the Wagering Transaction Protocol project.
With his background in pari-mutuels and technology, Linnell has been given operational leadership of the TRA's 2020 Committee. He also regularly addresses industry, regulatory, and legislative groups on wagering and simulcasting matters. During his 2 1/2 with TRPB, Linnell has visited account and simulcast wagering throughout the United States, Great Britain, and Australia.
Before joining TRPB, the University of Saskatchewan graduate was employed by Hastings Park and Marquis Downs in a variety of positions that included mutuel manager, director of operations, and director of simulcasting and technical services. TRPB president Frank Fabian said Linnell's responsibilities include oversight of expanded analytic, research, and technical services being implemented by TRPB. "These additional services respond directly to the TRA board of directors' decision to expand TRPB's current efforts and resources to enhance wagering integrity, augment investigations, and provide our members with additional capabilities to address individual business concerns," said Fabian. Linnell is a former vice president of Racetracks of Canada and alternate director of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations of North America.