NTRA to Take Lead on Wagering Overhaul

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association will take a leadership role in the refinement of wagering security and infrastructure, its board of directors decided at a third-quarter meeting Sept. 24 in Dallas.

The NTRA board adopted a resolution authorizing the NTRA to establish a National Office of Wagering Security, which was recommended by Giuliani Partners in the wake of the 2002 Breeders' Cup Ultra Pick 6 fraud. Other entities have since pushed hard for a centralized database for wagering information and a general upgrade in tote technology.

The board also established a "transition and executive committee" chaired by board member Robert Clay. It is charged with developing a chief executive profile that matches up with strategic priorities in 2005 and beyond. Other committee members are Craig Fravel, vice president of Del Mar; Jim McAlpine, president of Magna Entertainment Corp.; and John Roark, president of the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association.

Tim Smith resigned as NTRA commissioner effective Sept. 1. Breeders' Cup president D.G. Van Clief Jr. was appointed interim commissioner.

The NTRA board is scheduled to next meet Dec. 2 in New York City.