SACRAMENTO — The Assembly on Wednesday passed legislation that would allow gamblers to bet by satellite as they watch horse races live on big-screen television at tracks and fairgrounds in Southern California.
A bill by Sen. Ken Maddy (R-Fresno) was approved 64 to 8 and sent to the Senate for concurrence on amendments.
Racing industry officials estimate that the bill would increase betting by $350 million to $400 million a year. About $50 million of that would go to purses for horse owners and commissions to race tracks. Another $1 million a year would go to the state treasury, and $10 million would go to fairgrounds. The remainder would be used to pay off on bets.
The measure would allow San Diego bettors, for example, to visit Del Mar nearly year-round when that track is idle and place wagers on races held at Santa Anita, Hollywood Park and Los Alamitos, the three major Los Angeles-area tracks.