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Central & South American Plans For US Bet Links
We-Have-Seen-The-Future Update: Discussion of "developing the racing from South America & Latin America as a wagering product in North America" dominated the final day of the International Simulcast Conference in Florida, reported thoroughbredtimes.com. Thoroughbred Racing Associations vice president Chris Scherf declared: "The potential & opportunity is there. The Latin American & South American markets are emerging in our country. The races are in a similar time zone & they use the same tote vendors, which is a huge advantage." The Maryland Jockey Club began distributing signals from South America in December 2006 & Pablo Kavulakian of the Latin American Racing Channel said his group would "seek an expansion in the number of wagering opportunities available to North American bettors on races from his region of the world". Kavulakian noted: "Invasor (the Argentine-bred star who won the 2005 Uruguayan Triple Crown & then the US 2006 Eclipse Award as Horse-Of-The-Year) helped open the market. It's been 2 years since we started sending races to North America & we're ready to expand." Other speakers to reveal plans to widen US links included Santiago Gonzalez de Cosio (director of gaming & simulcasting services for MIR International Services, which represents Agua Caliente in Mexico) & Lionel Muller (vice president of the Hipodromo Camarero in Puerto Rico).