Rules governing exchange wagering gained initial approval from the California Horse Racing Board at its meeting Sept. 20, more than a year after the commission had announced its intention to promulgate them.
Meeting at a conference center next to Fairplex Park in Pomona, the board unanimously approved the series of 22 rules for an expedited 15-day public comment period. At the conclusion of that comment period, which should come in time for the Oct. 18 agenda at Santa Anita Park, the board could give its final approval.
The initial set of rules had been sent out for a 45-day public comment period in March. After a follow-up ad hoc committee meeting in August, some changes in language were suggested and made. Board chairman Keith Brackpool indicated that since they were considered minor in nature, the shorter waiting period could be invoked.