California Authority Of Racing Fairs To Intervene In Lawsuit Over OTB Agreements

by | 09.20.2018 | 12:54pm

The California Authority of Racing Fairs (CARF) has been granted leave to intervene on behalf of the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) in the lawsuit brought by the Pacific Racing Association (PRA), to represent the interests of CARF's Satellite Wagering Facility membership, their employees and the local communities in which they reside.

PRA, operator of Golden Gate Fields in Albany, Calif., asserts that the CHRB cannot mandate satellite agreements with Northern California off-track betting facilities as a requirement for granting a racing license.  CARF claims this argument is unsupported by the law and only seeks to deny the public of the opportunity to wager on horse racing and places the careers of employees at these facilities in jeopardy.

The CARF Board voted unanimously to intervene in this action to ensure the interests of its members' employees and the communities that support off-track betting are represented at the table.  “The CHRB is rightly furthering their mission to safely regulate pari-mutuel wagering for the protection of the public while promoting horse racing, breeding and wagering opportunities by requiring PRA to make their races available to wager at existing facilities in Northern California,” said Larry Swartzlander, Executive Director of CARF.

Communities directly affected by this lawsuit include the cities and surrounding areas of Fresno, Monterey, Pleasanton, Sacramento, San Jose, San Mateo, Santa Rosa, Stockton and Vallejo.

California's modern horse racing industry was established in 1933 with the stated purpose of enhancing the sustainability of agriculture and the State's fair network. The first legal wager on horse racing was placed at the San Joaquin County Fair in August 1933.  Satellite wagering is available at District Agricultural Associations and County Fairs throughout California.

CARF strives to offer horse racing to communities throughout the State and serves as a champion for its contributions to the State's agribusiness economy. CARF has four live racing members in Northern California and 13 off-track wagering facilities located throughout California. The foremost desire of CARF-member fairs is to present the racing industry to current and future customers and to support the growth of horse racing on behalf of the State of California.

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