Pacific Racing Association asks court to settle dispute with racing board

Jul 6, 2018 9:06 AM

The Pacific Racing Association, operator of Golden Gate Fields near San Francisco, for The Stronach Group, is asking a Los Angeles Superior Court to help settle its dispute with the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB).

The entity is asking the court to invalidate a law the CHRB says requires racetracks to contract with Northern California Off-Track Wagering Inc. (NOTWINC) for simulcasting at OTB facilities.

The CHRB had previously approved Pacific Racing's license to conduct an upcoming race meeting contingent on contracts being in place with NOTWINC satellite facilities.

Scott Daruty, the Stronach Group executive serving as senior vice president or the Pacific Racing Association said regarding the lawsuit, “We are seeking a court ruling invalidating that condition and give us the license without the requirement.”

He continued, “We think the OTB network in Northern California is outdated, inefficient and ineffective. We have ideas how it can be better structured, but the CHRB has mandated that we have to do everything the old way. The purpose of the lawsuit is to get a court to interpret how the law works.”

At issue is whether a deal with the Northern California OTB Network is optional or required to get the CHRB to license Golden Gate’s upcoming thoroughbred meeting.

“We're looking for a preliminary injunction, so it will be on an expedited basis,” said Daruty.  The CHRB meets next on July 12.