In states where horse racing is a popular pastime, policymakers are struggling to balance public perception and industry efficiency. The trend has been toward stricter crop laws with public perception as the driving force.
Since 2006, the total pari-mutuel handle within the horse industry has steadily declined. In an effort to halt this decline, some in the equine industry have attempted to invent new ways to create interest in the sport by tapping into the growing daily fantasy sports industry. In the case Derby Wars, a fantasy horseracing website, the Central District of California put a halt to one of those efforts.