The request for the future-book wager came from the Los Angeles Turf Club, which directs Santa Anita Park, Southern California's major operating track
in the winter and early spring. Winning bets can be cashed at any California track.The CHRB didn't authorized the wager, now in its fourth year, in the past because it had no rule allowing it do so. When the Association of Racing Commissioners International approved a model rule for conducting the bet, the board had a rule in place. State law allows the CHRB to approve wagering forms for which there is a model RCI rule.The rule was adopted by a 6-1 margin. CHRB chairman Alan Landsburg dissented.