Partner Rajat Shah, leader of the Harris Beach Racing and Gaming Industry team, will present at The Racing and Gaming Conference at Saratoga, taking place August 12-14 in Saratoga Springs. Rajat will moderate a panel titled “Racinos: Can/Should They Survive in the New Gaming Landscape?“.

Session Overview: The word “racino” is a now-common portmanteau that combined racing and gaming to create a new vertical, designed to harness the power of casinos to boost the appeal and the revenues of a struggling racing industry. This gaming hybrid has now been in our lexicon for 21 years, and it has a distinctive record to examine in multiple states. Has this combination been effective, and has it met the goals of lawmakers, racetracks and other stakeholders? Will the proliferation of bricks and mortar casinos and the ubiquity of sports wagering and perhaps iGaming leave room in the gaming landscape for this unique combination of both worlds?

Moderator: Rajat Shah, Partner, Harris Beach LLC


  • Matthew Cullen, former SVP iGaming and Sports, betPARX 
  • Sam Gerrity, CEO, Saratoga Casino Hotel 
  • Jeff Gural, Chairman, American Racing and Entertainment; Owner, Tioga Downs Casino Resort 
  • E. Brian Hansberry, Group President, Gaming, Delaware North
  • Jeff True, SVP Sales and Client Services, 1/ST Technology