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IFHA 5: Plans For More International Simulcasting
IFHA executive director Maurits Bruggink told the conference that, despite the world economic downturn, total global betting on racing in 2008 remained steady at €85.2 billion (A$144.8bn) & will rise to €100 billion (A$170bn) annually "in the near future". Overall breeding totals also remained fairly stable, with 121,402 foals produced globally in 2007 & 119,639 in 2008. Bruggink also predicted significant increases in both international betting pool co-mingling & international simulcasting among racing organisations.