NTRA Officially Forms 'Wagering Technology' Group

As expected, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association has formed a "wagering technology" working group, or task force, to review pari-mutuel computer security and ensure integrity in the system.

The task force sprung from the current investigation into Breeders' Cup Ultra Pick Six wagers, but is designed to be long-term.

"Our board unanimously approved this initiative to assemble expert talent inside and outside the industry to assure our fans and customers that the technology in connection with wagering on horse racing is as reliable and secure as possible," NTRA commissioner Tim Smith said.

Members of an oversight committee are Smith; Breeders' Cup president D.G. Van Clief Jr.; Chris Scherf, executive vice president of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations; Paul Berube, president of Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau; Alan Marzelli, chairman of Equibase and soon-to-be president of The Jockey Club; Lonny Powell, president of the Association of Racing Commissioners International; Frank Lamb, executive director of the North American Pari-Mutuel Regulators Association; and Jim Quinn, a handicapper and author.

The work of the task force will be coordinated by NTRA deputy director Greg Avioli (legal aspects); Ken Kircher, NTRA vice president of product development (technology), and Keith Chamblin, NTRA senior vice president of marketing and industry relations (communications). Other members of the task force will be named the week of Nov. 4.