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Maryland Horse Industry Rallies For Slots

Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich made a personal appeal to members of a House committee Tuesday for approval of his slot machine bill. Before the meeting Ehrlich attended a pro-slots rally at the Capitol conducted by members of the state's horse industry.

Oklahoma Gaming Bill Signed Into Law

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Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry signed a bill Monday that allows electronic gaming machines at three racetracks in the state. A bill-signing ceremony was scheduled for Tuesday.

Woodbine to Sell Hastings Park

Hastings Park is for sale. The Vancouver racetrack that was purchased by Woodbine Entertainment Group in 2002 apparently isn't performing as well as its parent company had hoped, even though attendance and wagering have increased since it changed hands.

Indiana Tracks' Slot-Like Gaming Bill Beaten

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Efforts to bring 5,000 electronic pull-tab machines to Hoosier Park, Indiana Downs and two simulcast wagering facilities were defeated Feb. 12 in the Indiana General Assembly.

Kentucky's Casino Hopes Move Forward

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Officials representing the Kentucky horse industry agreed Wednesday to proposed alternative gaming legislation that would put casinos at four racetracks and four other non-racetrack facilities in the state.

California Slots Initiative Moving Forward

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A California ballot initiative to allow slots at five racetracks and 11 card rooms in the state took a step forward Monday after Attorney General Bill Lockyer approved the measures legal title and summary.

NYRA Fined $3 Million; Two Officials, Four Tellers Indicted

The New York Racing Association, under investigation for more than three years, was indicted Thursday on fraud and conspiracy charges. Besides the indictment of NYRA, the U.S. Attorney's office in Brooklyn also unsealed indictments against two former directors of the parimutuel department as well as four former tellers on conspiracy and tax fraud charges.

Illegal Internet Gambling Focus of National Legislative Council

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Issues related to the loss of tax dollars from Internet wagering will come into focus when state legislators from across the country meet in Las Vegas to focus on public policy questions related to Internet, casino, and other forms of gaming. The occasion will be the 2004 Winter Meeting of the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS) at Harrah's Las Vegas on the January 9-11 weekend.

Land of Enchantment

By Ray Paulick -- Slot machines have divided the racetrack community into two groups: the "haves" and "have nots." To join the "haves," owners, breeders, and anyone making their living in the horse industry need to become active.

It's About Slots

By Dan Liebman -- The future of Maryland racing may not depend on the number of starts per stall, but perhaps the number of slot machines per grandstand.

MTR Gaming Plans Temporary Slots Parlor in Pennsylvania

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MTR Gaming Group Inc., which has been granted a state license to build a horse racing track in Pennsylvania, has plans to build a temporary slot machine parlor where customers can gamble during the two years it will take to build the track.

State Audit Recommends VLTs in Florida

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Florida's pari-mutuel industry is unable to pay for the cost of regulation and other required obligations after years of declining attendance and tumbling receipts, a state audit said Monday.

Ohio VLT Bill Clears Committee

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Legislation to put the issue of video slot machines at Ohio's seven racetracks on the ballot was approved late Tuesday by a Senate committee.

Kentucky Farm Managers Hear Fletcher-Pence Views on Industry

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The Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club welcomed Kentucky Lt. Governor candidate Steve Pence to its Oct. 7 meeting. The candidate discussed what role the Fletcher-Pence administration would play in promoting the Thoroughbred industry. The state election is Nov. 4

In Support Of

By Ben Chandler -- Both Kentucky gubernatorial candidates were posed the following question: "Why should the horse industry in Kentucky support you for governor?" Here is the response by candidate Ben Chandler.

TIEC's Legends: The Quotable Gaines

Thoroughbred innovator John Gaines was part of a panel discussion named "Legends of the Turf" at the Thoroughbred International Exposition & Conference. Never one to shy away from his opinion, Gaines offered up the following adages Saturday afternoon:

TIEC's Legends: The Quotable Gaines

Thoroughbred innovator John Gaines was part of a panel discussion named "Legends of the Turf" at the Thoroughbred International Exposition & Conference. Never one to shy away from his opinion, Gaines offered up the following adages Saturday afternoon:

Fair Grounds Slots Bill Pre-Filed

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Among the bills pre-filed in advance of the general legislative session in Louisiana is a measure to allow slot machines at Fair Grounds, the Times-Picayune reported today.

Maryland Senate OKs Slots, But Battle Remains

The Maryland Senate, on a 25-21 vote March 22, authorized 11,500 slot machines at Maryland racetracks. The legislation, however, faces strong opposition in the House of Delegates, where the House speaker has vowed to kill it.

Support for Maryland Slots Waning

The proposal by Gov. Robert Ehrlich Jr. for slot machines at Maryland racetracks has run aground amid bickering over division of proceeds, minority involvement and lack of specifics.

Indiana Pull-Tab Bill Shelved

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A bill to allow for pull-tabs at Indiana's two racetracks was relegated to committee, and likely killed Monday, by House Speaker Patrick Bauer because of the pending purchase of a minority interest in one of Hoosier Park's ownership groups by one of his campaign contributors.

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