John Roark of Texas was elected to his third consecutive term as president of the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association July 24 after the organization's board of directors approved a major restructuring plan.
Reconstruction of the pari-mutuel industry's tote infrastructure is ready to begin, but the project may not be completed for two to three years, Churchill Downs Inc. president Tom Meeker said.
Just days after the National Thoroughbred Racing Association said it would make the creation of an Office of Wagering Security a priority, officials indicated there could be conflict over who would run the office, as well as questions about its autonomy.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association Sept. 26 approved the position of chief security officer in keeping with a recommendation from Giuliani Partners and its Wagering Technology Working Group in the wake of the Breeders' Cup Ultra Pick 6 fraud of 2002.
The NTRA Players Panel is fashioning position papers on several issues that impact horse racing and wagering, including the integrity of pools, rebating, pari-mutuel takeout, withholding taxes, and customer service.
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