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Aidan Butler

Chief Operating Officer, 1/ST Racing | President, 1/ST Content


Miami, FL, USA

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Aidan Butler’s Biography

Aidan Butler is Chief Operating Officer, 1/ST Racing, and President, 1/ST Content. 1/ST is a leader in Thoroughbred horse racing and gaming, and is focused on transforming the role entertainment and hospitality plays within the sport of horse racing. Previously, Aidan was Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Director of California Racing Operations of The Stronach Group, a North American entertainment and real estate company, with a focus on Thoroughbred horse racing.

In his prior roles, Aidan was at the forefront of developing and broadening the reforms initiated by The Stronach Group. He oversaw the company's modernization of the sport of Thoroughbred racing, with a focus on horse population, ownership, and technology. Aidan worked closely with the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB), the state's regulatory body, and the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC), the California Thoroughbred Trainers (CTT), and the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club.

Aidan is also CEO of GuardLab, Inc., a company he Co-founded in 2013. GuardLab is a revolutionary custom mouthguard company that utilizes 3D scanning and 3D printing technologies to effectively reduce the risk of injury from impact, maximize athletic performance, and improve sleep for athletes. Since its founding, GuardLab has become a leader in its field, forming partnerships with clients in the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, MLL, and NCAA. It has also partnered with the UFC, Renzo Gracie Academy, and 3Shape, a developer and manufacturer of 3D scanners and software solutions for the dental industry.

Aidan’s extensive knowledge is built upon owning and running multiple companies, and throughout his career he has been a sought-after leader by numerous organizations in North America and Europe. He is Founder and Managing Director at A.R. Consulting and was previously Managing Director at Gilberts LLP, a leading intellectual property law firm, where he was responsible for running its US operations in New York.

Aidan Butler’s Newsfeed

Thoroughbred Daily News
Butler to Receive TOC's Ed Friendly Award

Aidan Butler, Chief Operating Officer, 1/ST RACING and President, 1/ST CONTENT, has been selected by the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) as recipient of the 2020 Ed Friendly Industry Service Award. The award is presented annually to recognize outstanding contributions and service in the Thoroughbred racing industry.

Santa Anita’s New Turf Chute Gets Rave Reviews as Track Readies for Winter/Spring Opener

“It’s really, really cool to see all of this hard work come together,” said Aidan Butler, who will be jetting to Gulfstream Park tomorrow morning to oversee racing operations there. “It looks terrific and this new chute really solidifies our turf offerings here at Santa Anita.  It was designed to stand the test of time and here’s hoping it’s here for many years to come.”

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Aidan Butler’s Background

Chief Operating Officer, 1/ST Racing | President, 1/ST Content
Oct 2020 - Present
Miami, FL, USA
The goal of 1/ST is to redefine the experience of gaming. It aims to reinvent the sport of Thoroughbred horse racing, achieve a world-class level of safety for horses and riders, and provide a unique and fully engaging entertainment experience for its guests.
The Stronach Group Racing and Gaming
Chief Strategy Officer & Executive Director, California Racing Operations
Dec 2018 - Oct 2020
Miami, FL, USA
The Stronach Group (TSG) encompasses five distinct business areas that are interrelated and supportive of each other, enabling TSG to be the United States' most dominant player in the Thoroughbred horse racing industry, with worldwide business relations.
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Aidan Butler’s Gallery


Cocktails and Conversation
Sep 2020
Aidan Butler joins Cocktails & Conversation to discuss the latest racing news and the work he does with The Stronach Group and Santa Anita Park.
NBC Sports: Horse Racing
Apr 2020
New York, NY, USA
Aidan Butler of The Stronach Group explains why many in the industry want to see live horse racing continue despite coronavirus-related enforcements from local and state governments.
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Awards & Endorsements

Thoroughbred Owners of California's Ed Friendly Award
Aug 2021
Del Mar, CA, USA
Aidan Bulter was awarded the 2020 Ed Friendly Industry Service Award for his significant contributions and exceptional service for the Thoroughbred racing industry.

Aidan Butler’s Education