Santa Anita Park already has a room called the Sports Book. After yesterday's Supreme Court decision knocking down a federal law prohibiting states from legalizing sports betting, could the room be turned into an actual sports book?
The Stronach Group's COO Tim Ritvo tells the Los Angeles Times the racetrack ownership company plans to pursue a sports book at all of its tracks.
Still, many questions remain about how — and where — sports gambling might be implemented in states like California, which currently prohibits betting on games. Ritvo said in terms of “where,” he hopes both tracks and casinos will be on a level playing field.
“This is a new form of gaming that we should both be entitled to,” Ritvo said. “Obviously, we wouldn't be opposed to the casinos. Hopefully, they wouldn't be opposed to us.”
Ritvo added he couldn't be certain about a track sports book's impact on racing handle but he was confident it would enliven the atmosphere on site.
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