NCLGS to examine racinos

Dec 13, 2005 3:26 AM

As pari-mutuel tracks rely more and more on racinos for increased profits and financial solvency, is the racing industry in danger of being minimized?

More importantly, will slot machines and table games actually take revenue away from the horse racing industry?

These key topics and many more will be explored at the 2006 winter meeting of the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS), scheduled from January 6 through 8, 2006, at the Hilton San Diego Resort.

Kicking off the conference is a dynamic general session panel entitled, Racinos: Superseding the Horse Industry?

In discussing the session, Florida State Senator Steven Geller, the NCLGS president, said, "The fate of the racing industry and its tracks is increasingly being linked with that of racinos. As lawmakers, we have a responsibility to explore what this development means to the pari-mutuel industry and the communities in which it resides."

At the panel, NCLGS legislators will meet with gaming regulators, horsemen, and pari-mutuel representatives from across the nation to discuss what effect these gaming entities have on the horse racing industry.

Leading authorities speaking at the panel discussion include:

”¡ Ben Nolt, Executive Secretary of the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission

”¡ Ron Sultemeier, President of Delaware North Companies Gaming and Entertainment

”¡ John Roark, President of the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association

”¡ Charles Lockhart, Vice President of Racing for Dover Downs

”¡ Reverend Tom Grey of the National Coalition Against Legalized Gambling

NCLGS legislators will also explore a number of pari-mutuel issues related to the creation of sound public policy. The NCLGS Committee on Pari-Mutuels will consider: the impact of recent hurricanes on Gulf Coast pari-mutuels; Internet gaming in the aftermath of the recent WTO ruling; regulatory approaches to betting exchanges and other off-shore pari-mutuels; NYRA and the future of racing in New York; electronic security measures undertaken by tracks; and issues related to uniform medication testing.