Two committees of the California Horse Racing Board will convene consecutively June 19 in the Sunset Room at Betfair Hollywood Park to address several matters of significance to the state’s horse racing industry.
The industry and the public are encouraged to attend meetings of the Pari-Mutuel Operations/ADW/Simulcast Committee, set to begin at 11:30 a.m. PDT, and the Legislative/Legal/Regulations Committee, which will begin at 3 p.m. or immediately following the conclusion of the earlier meeting. Commissioners Richard Rosenberg and Jesse Choper serve on both committees. Rosenberg chairs the PMO Committee; Choper chairs the Legislative Committee.
In addition to discussing bills affecting horse racing that are currently being considered by the California Legislature, the Legislative Committee is asking the industry and the public to submit their ideas for legislation that could benefit horse racing.
The PMO Committee will be discussing two matters that also would require changes to the horse racing law. One is the suggestion to expand the menu of races imported from other jurisdictions that could be offered at all of the state’s wagering outlets. This proposal is commonly referred to as full-card simulcasting. The second pertains to expanding the areas for potential locations of mini-satellites (i.e. wagering in bars, restaurants, and other businesses) by reducing the 20-mile radius protection zone that the law currently affords to existing racetracks and simulcast facilities.
Agendas for these meetings will be available on the CHRB website (www.chrb.ca.gov) by June 9. Supporting documents for these meetings will be available on the CHRB website by June 14.
The full commission is to meet for the CHRB's regular monthly meeting June 20 at Hollywood Park. A starting time is to be announced. The meeting was originally scheduled to be held at Los Alamitos Race Course.