The University of Arizona's Race Track Industry Program staff has had to cancel the "Tote Forum – Issues and Answers" segment scheduled at its annual Symposium on Racing when representatives of the major totalizator companies said they would not participate.
The university issued a press release on Thursday saying each tote company contacted the RTIP staff and said legal counsel for the companies recommended their employees withdraw from the panel discussions they previously agreed to join.
The panel was an add-on to the Symposium following the Breeders' Cup Ultra Pick 6 scandal that has led to criminal charges, including a guilty plea by a former Autotote employee, along with a class-action lawsuit filed against Autotote earlier this week.
The symposium held at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, Ariz., runs from next Tuesday-Friday. UofA Symposium Schedule