Effects of sports betting on horse racing to be examined

Feb 8, 2018 9:58 AM

The continuing examination of the possible effects of national sports wagering, should it become legal in the U.S., continues March 13-17 in New Orleans at the Horsemen's Benevolent & Protective Association (HBPA) convention.

Sports betting and its possible ramifications on horse racing will come under scrutiny in a discussion panel featuring William Hill U.S. CEO Joe Asher.

The convention is sponsored by the HBPA’s Louisiana division.

“The HBPA Convention's mission is to provide insight, information and a variety of perspectives to keep our horsemen up to date in a rapidly-changing world, to let our membership and their HBPA representatives know how owners and trainers are impacted by regulatory changes, technology advances and business trends and how they might better their operations and our sport,” said Eric Hamelback, the National HBPA's chief executive officer.

Asher will join the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's Alex Waldrop and Michele Fischer of Sportech to discuss new challenges horse racing may face with the likelihood of sports-betting expansion.

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling is expected in June in New Jersey’s continuing initiative to legalize sport wagering in the state.