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Opinions Vary on Prospects for Racino Legislation

The signs point to progress in Kentucky in terms of a bid for racetrack gaming in 2004, while in Pennsylvania, the horse industry is slowing the prospects for passage of legislation, officials said Nov. 11 during a panel discussion at Racino 2003 at Mountaineer Race Track & Gaming Resort.

Former Governor Supports Casino Gaming at Tracks

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With a push for a constitutional amendment on expanded gambling looming in 2004, former Kentucky governor Brereton Jones said he would help fashion legislation to authorize full-scale casino gambling at racetracks.

Former Kentucky Governor: Let Public Decide on Gaming

Alternative gaming at Kentucky racetracks must be tied to a constitutional amendment, and the public must have a say in how the state's share of the revenue is spent, the former governor of Kentucky said June 22 during a panel discussion at the Thoroughbred International Exposition & Conference in Lexington.

Kentucky Racetrack Gaming Bills Back With a Twist

Legislation to authorize electronic gaming devices at Kentucky racetracks was introduced Feb. 18 with a new twist: The tracks have offered to pay hundreds of millions of dollars up front to help the state tackle its lingering budget crisis as long as they get exclusive rights to gaming in the marketplace.

At Turfway, Bets Close When First Horse Enters Gate

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Turfway Park, which began implementing measures designed to improve wagering security and increase customer confidence in mid-November, will adopt new wagering policies beginning Dec. 1, opening day of its holiday meet.

Turfway Handle Flat On-Track; Total Decreases

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Turfway Park concluded its 2002 fall meet the evening of Oct. 3 with litle change in total on-track handle compared with the 2002 meet. Total handle fell 5% because of a decrease in out-of-state wagering.

No Action on Kentucky Gaming Legislation

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The Kentucky legislature wrapped up most of its business April 2 without considering a bill that would allow the state's eight racetracks to install electronic gaming devices. Though the bill had support in the House, it never got more than a committee endorsement.

Kentucky Gaming Bill Introduced; Huge Purse Projections

Legislation that would authorize electronic gaming devices at eight Kentucky racetracks--and presumably generate $1.7 billion in revenue for the state over six years--was introduced in the House of Representatives Feb. 26. The 177-page document is said to have support in the House, but serious hurdles may loom in the Senate.

Lane's End Spiral Purse Cut to Protect Overnights

In order to protect overnight purses, Turfway Park has reduced the purse for the grade II Lane's End Spiral Stakes to $500,000. In recent years, the Spiral, a 1 1/8-mile event for 3-year-olds on the Triple Crown trail, has gone for $600,000.

Tracks, Horsemen Agree on Splits in Kentucky

Kentucky's Thoroughbred racetracks and horsemen's associations apparently struck a deal the week of Jan. 21 on revenue splits that will lead to alternative-gaming legislation. Under the plan, the state, not the racetracks, would get the lion's share of revenue from track-based slot machines or video lottery terminals.

Kentucky Horsemen Near Consensus on Slot Revenue Splits

The chances of alternative gaming at Kentucky racetracks will lie in the hands of lawmakers, but as of mid-January, racetrack officials and horsemen's groups were said to be close to agreement on revenue splits, a crucial component of any legislation that may be introduced.

Officials: Kentucky Losing Too Much Ground

During a Tuesday morning hearing one legislator called "an eye-opener," representatives from Kentucky's horse racing and breeding industry outlined its current status and the economic challenges it faces. And it wasn't a pretty picture.

Change in Turfway Post Time Generates Friction

The Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association claims it wasn't notified by Turfway Park management of a plan to change first post to 4:10 p.m. on weekdays, but management said that's not the case. Track officials believe the switch will help boost handle, while horsemen say due diligence is necessary before any change is made.

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