We Play to Win.

Leaders in the Business of HHR Gaming


We are committed, collaborative and results-oriented.

Pacesetter Racing & Gaming was established in 2019 in search of acquisitions and as a way to provide executive expertise in the Historical Horse Racing gaming space. In December of 2021 PRG acquired Wyoming Horse Racing providing live horse racing events at Sweetwater Downs in addition to simulcasting at several Horse Palace OTB locations around Wyoming that includes gaming entertainment with Historical Horse Racing terminals. We are committed to reach out and support all facets of the equine community which includes owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarian, and auxiliary businesses that rely on a healthy agricultural economy.

The company has attracted likeminded executives whose focus can be summed up by Pacesetter's core values:

  • Integrity: Consistent uncompromising adherence to ethical principles and values
  • Accountability: Clearly communicate project goals and objectives
  • Excellence: Surpass ordinary standards as measured through key performance indicators
  • Commitment: Treat clients, lenders, owners, and team members like partners
  • Open Communication: Act in a transparent manner with all stakeholders
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Pacesetter Racing & Gaming mission is to provide Historical Horse Racing gaming expertise coupled with racetrack operations and capital, where appropriate, to provide a path to increase value for our partners, owners and clients.


What We Do

The PRG Team's extensive experience drives its value and success. We are a full-service gaming organization providing a wide-ranging list of services and our diversity of experiences means we operate without boundaries. At the end of the day, it's about teaming up with our stakeholders to drive success for their business.

Specific services can be tailored to assignments and clients' needs, and include but are not limited to:

Operations: Gaming, Horse Racing, Hotel
Human Resources
Compliance Procedures
Creditor Representation
Pre-Opening Planning
Community/Government Relations
Construction Mgmt.
Owner's Representation
Gaming Floor Design


Our team members have a proven reputation for delivering results. The team has provided exceptional knowledge and straightforward counsel in the day-to-day management of gaming and hotel properties, horse racing tracks, completing turnarounds, running sale processes, refi's, and general project development.

Asset Management

Managed the asset collection of Majestic Hold Co. after emerging from bankruptcy in early 2012 through Spring 2019. Quality of management was improved, non-core assets were disposed, privately held high interest notes were refinanced to traditional bank loans. The project culminated in a disposition of the entire company, resulting in a substantial return for shareholders in Spring 2019.

Expert Counsel

Provided counsel to a group of private equity owners during the successful sale of a southern gaming group of assets.

Union Negotiations

Engaged in successful negotiations with multiple employee unions in the best interest of the employer and the employee.


Property Expansion

Facilitated growth of Hyatt Gaming from just a few properties to twelve worldwide, which included greenfield construction of new facilities, multiple renovations, and remodeling of existing assets.

Along with many years of successful full casino management, we are also experienced in racetrack development; opening Kentucky Downs which went on to propel their racing into the richest in North America on the days horses ran. We were the first to introduce Historical Horse Racing terminals outside of Arkansas, as well as developing and managing alternative gaming, HHR, in several tracks both in Kentucky and Idaho.

Strategic Realignment

Managed profitable sale and disposition of gaming assets as part of strategic realignment of high-net-worth family ownership group.

Human Resources

Strategic application of benefits administration to reduce costs associated with unnecessary ER visits, abuse of Rx Benefits program, and overall reduction in plan costs.



The Pacesetter team has been previously licensed or found suitable in many U.S. and Tribal jurisdictions including Wyoming, Illinois, Indiana, Colorado, Mississippi, New Jersey, Oregon, Louisiana, Washington, Nevada, and Arizona, and internationally in Canada, Greece, Spain, Aruba and Argentina.
The executive team of senior gaming executives includes:

Nick Hughes

Managing Partner / President

Nick Hughes

Expertise: Casino Operations and Partner Relations

Mr. Hughes has over 35 years experience in the casino industry both domestically and internationally. Mr. Hughes has vast experience in all aspects of operations, startup planning and renovation projects, horse track and historical horse racing machine businesses as evidenced by his tenure with Haytt Gaming Management and Kentucky Downs. Nick is also an investor/owner in several casino related businesses.

Peter Liguori

Managing Partner / Executive Vice President

Peter Liguori

Mr. Liguori is a gaming executive with over 35 years experience in land-based, riverboat and Native American Casino resorts domestically and internationally. Prior to founding PRG, Mr. Liguori was the CEO of Majestic Hold Co. (4 casino properties). Mr. Liguori also previously served as CFO and then President of Hyatt Gaming Management Inc., Vice President of Finance at Ameristar Casinos, Director of Finance at Trump Taj Mahal and worked in Finance in Harrah's Entertainment.

John H. Sheldon III

Managing Partner / Executive Vice President

John H. Sheldon III

Expertise: Project Development, Marketing and Public Relations

Mr. Sheldon is a gaming executive with over 35 years experience in the gaming and hospitality industries. He established a track record of success starting with Hilton Hotels Corporation in Las Vegas before moving to the corporate office with regional responsibilities. Subsequently, he held major positions that included corporate executive level responsibilities for multiple properties in various domestic and international jurisdictions. Before joining the PRG in May 2019 John was Senior Vice President Marketing for Full House Resorts and held similar positions at Majestic Hold Co., Boyd Gaming, Nevada Region and Hyatt Gaming Management.

Gary Burrus, Ph.D., CLSD

Vice President

Gary Burrus, Ph.D., CLSD

Expertise: Operations and Human Resources

Mr. Burrus has over 27 years of experience in executive level hospitality management including human resources management, casino operations, and resort and hotel operations. Mr. Burrus has particular experience in golf operations, customer service programs, retail, security and risk management, regulatory affairs, and entertainment/recreation facilities management. He is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a doctorate in Human Capital Development. Mr. Burrus teaches hospitality and human resources classes for several universities and is a former Narcotics Agent.

Scott Szybilski

Vice President

Scott Szybilski

Expertise: Finance and Accounting

Mr. Szybilski is a seasoned financial executive with over a decade of experience. Mr. Szybilski's areas of expertise include revenue and profit growth, cost control, change management, strategic planning, and financial reporting. Mr. Szybilski played an important role at many of the Hyatt Gaming Inc. properties as well as the Grand Victoria Casino and Majestic Star Casino.

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If you would like to learn more about PRG or want to get in touch with us regarding a project, we'd love to hear from you:

Responsible Gambling

Pacesetter Racing & Gaming (PRG) is committed to responsible gambling.

While many gamble responsibly, others develop a serious, sometimes uncontrollable gambling problem. This can affect persons of any age, income, gender or race at any time.

PRG has established a set of policies and guidelines designed to assist clients with issues such as underage gambling, problem gambling, responsible marketing, and improper use or abuse of alcohol.

PRG employs several tools to promote responsible gaming, including but not limited to: