Aidan Butler

Chief Executive Officer, 1/ST RACING & GAMING

An expert in technology, horse racing and gaming, Aidan Butler currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of 1/ST RACING & GAMING.

In this role, Mr. Butler is responsible for the further development of the company’s world-class racing programs. During a transformative time in horse racing, Butler was responsible for the implementation of industry-leading health and safety protocols for horses and riders at Santa Anita Park while overseeing track management and operations at the company’s West Coast venues. In addition, Butler was responsible for the development of key stakeholder and strategic relationships and leading Santa Anita Park successfully through the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. Always championing the Thoroughbred, and currently owning three retired racehorses, Butler proudly joined the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) Board of Directors in 2022.

Originally from England, Mr. Butler followed in his grandfather and father’s footsteps to become a licensed bookmaker in the U.K., before relocating to the United States. He currently resides in Florida and is responsible for overseeing East Coast operations for 1/ST RACING.