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Volume 23 No. 17
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Alex Waldrop, CEO, National Thoroughbred Racing Association

Photo: Harold Roth / NTRA
Photo: Harold Roth / NTRA
Photo: Harold Roth / NTRA

Alex Waldrop was named CEO of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association in 2007 after working as a lobbyist and attorney at Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, which counted Churchill Downs among its clients. Waldrop led a successful effort in 2017 to convince the U.S. Treasury Department and the IRS to roll back regulations on how much money in taxes is withheld on high-odds winning bets. That decision, which came after many years of lobbying, resulted in horse players keeping more of their winnings, and horse racing business interests expect that they will invest it back into the track betting windows.