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Despite Concern, Horsemen OK Hub Licensing Deal

Despite the opinion of its general counsel that the action could be "fraught with legal risk," the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association board of directors voted July 16 to endorse a licensing agreement with a group that plans to operate a wagering hub for the benefit of horsemen in North America.

National HBPA Accepts Resignations of Officers

The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association executive committee has accepted the resignations of president John Roark and vice president Tom Metzen Sr., both of whom have formed a company that hopes to facilitate international wagering for the benefit of horsemen.

Proposal Would Increase NTRA Membership, Dues

Affiliates of the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association are considering a proposal that would allow them to join the National Thoroughbred Racing Association with a lump-sum payment that would increase dues 21% in the first year.

Roark to Lead Restructured National HBPA

John Roark of Texas was elected to his third consecutive term as president of the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association July 24 after the organization's board of directors approved a major restructuring plan.

National HBPA Moves on Major Reorganization

The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association could be reorganized July 24 should its board of directors approve a recommendation that the organization create the positions of a paid chief executive officer and a president/chairman who would receive an honorarium.

Florida Affiliate Rejoins National HBPA

The Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, which negotiates contracts at Calder Race Course and Gulfstream Park, has rejoined the National HBPA after having voted to leave the fold last fall.

Plan for Security Office Stirs 'Alphabet Soup'

Just days after the National Thoroughbred Racing Association said it would make the creation of an Office of Wagering Security a priority, officials indicated there could be conflict over who would run the office, as well as questions about its autonomy.

National HBPA OKs Paper, Supports Security

The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association has endorsed a white paper on simulcasting and also heralded its support of industry efforts to police the sport in the wake of federal indictments in New York.

Horsemen: No Position Yet on Rebate Shops

The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association's board of directors will decide Jan. 18 whether to endorse an updated "white paper" on simulcasting, but it won't decide--at least for several months--its position on high-volume rebate operations.

HBPA, Rockingham Still at Odds Over Races

Horsemen held a brainstorming meeting Aug. 16 to discuss the ramifications of a plan by Rockingham Park to offer Thoroughbred races Sept. 5 in partnership with the New Hampshire Thoroughbred Breeding and Racing Association.

Offshore Hub Plan Officially Endorsed by National HBPA

The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association has officially put its weight behind a plan for an offshore hub that would accept wagers from foreign countries and funnel them to a common pool from which racetracks and horsemen would derive revenue.

National HBPA to Take Hard Look at Betting Hub Plan

The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association's Executive Committee will decide Feb. 3 whether to move forward with a plan to create an offshore wagering hub that would accept wagers from bettors outside the United States in an attempt to increase handle and generate revenue for purses.

Dean Re-elected President of Chaplaincy Program

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Don Dean, a Washington, D.C.-based corporate Congressional representative and Maryland Thoroughbred owner and breeder, was re-elected president of the Race Track Chaplaincy of America during the organization's National Chaplain's School and Convention Jan. 7-12 in St. Petersburg, Fla.

HBPA Again Targets Revenue Leakage, Signal Piracy

The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association continues to study the problems of offshore wagering and signal piracy and leakage, and hopes to have a plan in place by the time it meets for its winter convention in late January.

Horsemen to Consider Operating Offshore Betting Hub

The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, in an effort to thwart what it believes is a growing problem with the piracy of signals and subsequent loss of revenue, plans to discuss the possibility of operating its own offshore wagering hub.

Roark Re-elected as National HBPA President

John Roark, president of the Texas Horsemen's Partnership and a board member of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, fought back a challenge to win a second two-year term as president of the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association.

National HBPA Has Contested Races for Top Officers

With its election of officers looming July 13, the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association has races for both president and vice president. In addition, the question of whether the position of chairman of the board would continue to have voting rights figures to come up for discussion.

Texas Legislation Calls for VLTs at 10 Racetracks

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Texas Sen. Ken Armbrister recently filed a bill to legalize video lottery terminals at the 10 licensed horse and dog racetracks in the state. The legislation apparently cames in response to pleas for alternative gaming at tracks from the Texas Horsemen's Partnership, the Texas Racing Agri-Industry Council, and the Texas Thoroughbred Association.

NTRA Committee to Take Closer Look at 'Tour' Plan

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders' Cup have formed the framework to look at the Thoroughbred Championship Tour, a for-profit, televised racing series the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association hopes to launch.

National HBPA Seeks Tighter Simulcasting Ship

The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, in a white paper on simulcasting, has called for tighter security in the export of signals as well as a review of domestic and international wagering hubs.

National HBPA Takes Stand on Simulcasts, Revenue

The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, in an attempt to solidify revenue derived from pari-mutuel wagering, will soon release a comprehensive position paper that touches on everything from source-market fees to rebates.

Tracking Signals and Revenue: The Battle Begins

The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association is trying to track where signals go and whether horsemen are getting the revenue to which they're entitled. Comments made during a Jan. 28 workshop indicated that process has a long way to go.

Industry-Owned Insurance Company: Can It Work?

The idea of an industry-owned insurance company was floated during a major meeting on issues such as workers' compensation. Meanwhile, the chairman of the Jockeys' Guild called on the industry for financial support to alleviate a "crisis."

National HBPA Wary of Proposed Amendment

The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association said May 24 that, though it is "in complete support" of protection of live racing, a proposed amendment to the Interstate Horseracing Act of 1978 raises "some serious questions."

National HBPA Wants 'Fairness,' 'Mutual Respect'

In a statement released March 20 in response to an ongoing situation involving Tampa Bay Downs, National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association president John Roark said the relationship between horsemen and racetrack management must be based on "fairness, mutual respect, and a desire to work toward common goals."

NTRA Board Approves 2002 Budget of $59.3 Million

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The National Thoroughbred Racing Association's board of directors approved a combined NTRA/Breeders' Cup operating budget of $59.3 million for 2002 during a regularly scheduled meeting at Gulfstream Park in Florida on Thursday.

Kentucky HBPA Files Suit, Seeking Clarification of Horseracing Act

In a lawsuit filed in federal court in Louisville, Ky., on Dec. 19, the Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association has requested clarification on whether the Interstate Horseracing Act, which grants local horsemen's groups sanctions over outgoing signals, supercedes simulcasting contracts between racetracks.

Roark Defeats Hiles in National HBPA Election

John Roark, chairman of the management committee of the Texas Horsemen's Partnership, and president of the Texas Thoroughbred Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, was elected president of the National HBPA during its convention Aug. 12-14 in Boston, Mass.

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