Make a deal with one of the gamblers to hack one of the robots to speed them up or slow them up, with the person reacting based on it, and maybe running into trouble with the Triggermen if we do it too often. Build your own bot to go to the races. Taking an old 'bot (Cyberdog?) that just lost a race and is about to be executed by it's master... there's so much potential. But instead we get a cool setpiece and "environmental storytelling"