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Status Quo, 'Welfare' Mentality Big Threats

If the horseracing industry fails to make voluntary changes it has resisted for decades, the only things that may save it from doom are involuntary changes brought on by forces in the gambling and entertainment marketplace, officials said Oct. 13.

Simulcast Conference, Originally Set for New Orleans, Relocates to California

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The Thoroughbred Racing Associations, co-sponsor of the International Simulcast Conference, has secured the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines in California as the new location for its 13th annual conference on simulcasting. The devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina to New Orleans, the conferenceā€šs original site, forced the relocation.

Debate on Betting Exchanges Heats Up

Chris Schef, executive vice president of Thoroughbred Racing Associations, said the U.S. racing industry can't afford to allow Internet betting exchanges to continue to infringe illegally, and suggested the industry form its own exchange to monopolize the U.S. market.

Slow Growth in North American Purses

The boom from simulcasting is over and North American purses are now growing progressively slower every year like a freight train struggling up a mountain pass. The problem this time around is that the next mountain peak may still be a ways off, and the downhill side does not appear to be very steep.

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