An audit of a vote on table games at a Greyhound racetrack near Charleston, W.Va., showed the measure passed 23,192-22,849, but there has been a call for a recount.
Contested election results indicate voters approved table games at a Kanawha County, W.Va., dog track located less than an hour from the eastern Kentucky border.
Deductions for a new breed development program and statewide workers' compensation have led Mountaineer Race Track & Gaming Resort to cut purses 20% across the board beginning July 10.
A bid by Ohio racetracks to win approval for Instant Racing machines, which resemble video lottery terminals but are pari-mutuel in nature, is said to still have some life left despite an announcement by Gov. Ted Strickland that he would veto the measure.
Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland said June 12 he would veto any legislation allowing video gambling machines at Ohio racetracks.
Charles Town Races & Slots, owned by Penn National Gaming Inc., lost its bid to add table games in a June 9 referendum in Jefferson County, West Virginia.
MGM Mirage has ended its deal with the New York Racing Association to build and operate a video lottery terminal casino at Aqueduct.
A study authorized by New York City Off-Track Betting Corp., the largest such entity in New York, recommends action designed to maximize the operation and capitalize on marketing opportunities.
Legislation to authorize Instant Racing machines has been introduced in the Ohio House of Representatives and Senate.
If West Virginia's governor signs legislation passed by both houses of the state legislature, voters in four counties will decide the fate of table games at four racetracks in the state.
Legislation to authorize slot machines at Indiana's two pari-mutuel racetracks has cleared a second House committee.
The West Virginia House of Delegates has approved legislation that would allow the counties in which four racetracks are located to vote on table games at the facilities, which already have video lottery terminals.
After gaining approval 23-14 by the Virginia Senate, an Instant Racing bill returns to the Virginia House where a similar bill failed to get out of committee several weeks ago.
A Virginia Senate committee has approved legislation that would authorize Instant Racing machines at Colonial Downs and off-track betting parlors.
Legislation to authorize table games at West Virginia racetracks was introduced Jan. 30 in the state legislature.
A Virginia House of Delegates committee is scheduled to tackle legislation to authorize Instant Racing at a Jan. 30 hearing.
The New York Racing Association is asking a federal bankruptcy judge to halt the state's plan to turn Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga over to the next Thoroughbred franchise-holder.
MGM Mirage, keeping a watchful eye on developments for New York's Thoroughbred franchise, is preparing to move ahead with plans to construct a casino at Aqueduct.
For the third time in 16 years, Ohioans soundly rejected the expansion of gambling in Ohio, this time routing a racetrack-backed proposal to put video lottery terminals at seven tracks and two non-track locations in Cleveland.
A referendum to allow video lottery terminals at seven racetracks and two stand-alone casinos in Ohio will be on the November ballot because supporters of the measure have obtained the required number of certified signatures.
New York's top fiscal officer has warned a state agency that its delay in approving a video lottery terminal casino contract for Aqueduct is costing the state needed revenue and risking bankruptcy for the New York Racing Association.
A top Las Vegas casino company is assuring New York officials it's anxious to get started with construction of a video lottery terminal casino at Aqueduct.
The New York Racing Association is facing the same financial crisis as it did a year ago unless the state opens its wallet with cash advances that have already been approved by the state legislature.
Supporters of video lottery terminals at Ohio racetracks have submitted an additional 43,879 petitions they say will meet the required number needed to put a VLT referendum on the November ballot.
A petition drive to allow a vote on video lottery terminals at Ohio racetracks was 8,716 signatures short as of Aug. 30, but more will be submitted within the next two weeks.
Issuing what he termed a "call to action to horsemen and all of the racing community," New York Racing Association president and chief executive officer Charles Hayward asked horsemen for their cooperation in lobbying Gov. George Pataki for immediate permission to install and operate 4,500 video lottery terminals that have been delayed at Aqueduct.
Concerned Citizens for Saratoga Racing, a group that includes several prominent horsemen, has called on the state to make continuation of spring and fall training in Saratoga Springs, as well as submission of all expansion plans for Saratoga to local government for approval, required under the request for proposal to operate Saratoga, Aqueduct, and Belmont Park.
With ongoing declines in Thoroughbred breeding and racing in Ohio, and a possible November referendum for racetrack gaming in the state, organizers of this year's Midwest Regional sale said the industry has reached a "pivotal" point.
Supporters of video lottery terminals at the seven racetracks in Ohio have submitted 624,625 signatures to put the issue on the November ballot.
Supporters of video lottery terminals at Ohio's seven racetracks have collected 117,000 more signatures than needed to put the issue on the November ballot, though they must be validated.
Supporters of video lottery terminals at Ohio racetracks have started circulating petitions to put the issue on this year's November ballot.
Three groups seeking to legalize video lottery terminals at Ohio racetracks have decided to join forces rather than pursue their own ballot questions, which have generated conflict.
As Delaware Park begins its 69th season of Thoroughbred racing, management has announced a major Las Vegas-style expansion of the facility pending approval from New Castle County, where the track is located.
Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro has rejected requests of three groups seeking to put the issue of video lottery terminals at racetracks on the ballot this year.
The projected costs of the New York Racing Association's video lottery terminal casino keep soaring, and state officials are voicing renewed concerns about the delay in building the new gambling facility at Aqueduct racetrack.
New York should permit public and private partnerships to bid on the New York Racing Association franchise, allow bettors to wager via computers, introduce frequent-betting rewards programs at tracks, and approve the merger of the state's off-track betting corporations, according to an ambitious legislative package proposed March 9 by Friends of New York Racing.
A deal to provide a $20-million bailout to the New York Racing Association received Senate approval March 1 and heads to Gov. George Pataki for his signature.
West Virginia lawmakers are considering two bills--one that would prohibit account wagering, and another that would authorize county referendums on the addition of casino-style games at Thoroughbred and Greyhound racetracks.
Friends of New York Racing, formed to advocate a new economic model for the pari-mutuel industry in the state, believes backstretch health and welfare issues should be addressed as part of the selection process for the New York Racing Association franchise.
New York would add three additional casinos featuring video lottery terminals, which would be permitted to locate near the New York Racing Association's future Aqueduct racino, Gov. George Pataki proposed Jan. 17.
With construction set to start on a video lottery terminal casino at Aqueduct in late January, racetrack, the New York Racing Association is pushing the state of New York to provide an additional $20-million bailout before spring.
A New York state government panel approved a $5-million loan for the New York Racing Association Jan. 9 to keep the association afloat during its 2006 racing season.
New York officials need to act quickly to launch a major overhaul of racing laws to help jumpstart the state's $1.4-billion Thoroughbred racing industry, Friends of New York Racing concluded in its year-end report on the status of pari-mutuel horse racing in the state.
A revenue-sharing deal for video lottery terminals at Aqueduct would give horsemen 7.5% of gross gaming revenue for the first three years, and breeders 1.25% for the first five years, once the devices are operating.
An Aug. 26 presentation on the status of the Kentucky lottery and a scholarship fund that derives money from it led to a call for more funding, even if it means legislators would have to approve expanded gambling to generate the revenue.
Thoroughbred interests in West Virginia are hopeful lawmakers will correct action that took revenue for a proposed breed development program at Mountaineer Race Track and Gaming Resort and shifted half of it to an incentive program for racing Greyhounds.
Oklahoma may be less than two weeks away from having its first racetrack casino operation licensed, and a June 16 meeting should chart the course of on-track electronic gaming in the state.
New York Racing Association officials say they are rushing toward a new video lottery terminal revenue sharing deal with horsemen and breeders that would avoid the need for pending legislation at the state Capitol to reach a VLT agreement.
The regular session of the Texas legislature concluded without tossing so much as a crumb toward horse racing, but the state's racing industry remains hopeful lawmakers could soon consider video lottery terminals for racetracks.
Horsemen and breeders have turned to New York legislators to resolve a dispute over video lottery terminal revenue-sharing arrangements with racetracks.
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