Batavia Downs could push for legalization of historical horse racing in New York

Batavia Downs could push for legalization of historical horse racing in New York

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  • Katarina Vojvodic, PlayUSA
August 29, 2023 8:12 PM

Western Regional Off-Track Betting Corp (WROTB) officials want to add a historical horse racing (HHR) component to their gaming assortment. Introducing new gaming machines at their Batavia Downs location would allow visitors to place bets on horse races that have already taken place.

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During the public benefit company’s board of directors meeting last week, Henry Wojtaszek, president and CEO of Western Regional Off-Track Betting Corp., said:

“It’s our No. 2 (priority) behind getting involved in iGaming,” The Batavian reported.

HHR machines are still not yet legal in New York state, but Batavia Downs could push to pass legislation. Historical horse racing has been around for several years and refers to gaming that allows players to bet on replays of past horse races.