Would Sports betting hurt or help Washington’s horse-racing industry?

When the U.S. Supreme Court held the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) unconstitutional in May 2018, it left the decision whether or not to regulate and tax sports betting up to each state.

In Washington state, there are several stakeholders in the debate over potential regulations, ranging from behavioral health advocates to Washington’s tribes. Another eyes the impending, burgeoning industry with what seems to be a complex combination of worry and hope: horse racing.

Doug Moore, the Executive Secretary of the Washington Horse Racing Commission (WHRC), represented the WHRC at the Washington State House Commerce & Gaming Committee work session last week. Moore showed that the horse-racing industry in Washington has experienced a steep decline in recent years as other forms of gambling have been introduced — with the most significant impact hitting after the first tribal casino opened in 1991…