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Bruno: 'Scare Tactics' Must End

Bruno: 'Scare Tactics' Must End

While unveiling what he called the framework of a Thoroughbred franchise agreement, Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno blasted the New York Racing Association Feb. 7 for attempting to scare its workers and horsemen by threatening a shutdown Feb. 14.

Ohio Pushes Keno, Not Track Gaming

Ohio Pushes Keno, Not Track Gaming

Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland has promised to add keno games to the Ohio Lottery to make up for a projected budget shortfall at the end of this fiscal year on June 30.

New Simulcast Area, Poker Room Open at Mountaineer

New Simulcast Area, Poker Room Open at Mountaineer

A new poker room and simulcast facility are open in the grandstand at Mountaineer Race Track & Gaming Resort, which earlier this year received state and county approval to add table games to its thousands of video lottery terminals.

Video Gaming Devices Banned in Ohio

Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland signed into law legislation Oct. 25 banning the use of gaming devices throughout the Buckeye State.

Audit Shows Table Games Passed for Dog Track

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.

Track Wins Table Games But Vote Contested

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.

State Officials Tell Bid Groups NYRA Should Run Tracks

State Officials Tell Bid Groups NYRA Should Run Tracks

New York state officials told three Thoroughbred franchise bidding groups they want to let the New York Racing Association continue running the state's major racetracks and begin a new bidding process for rights to operate casinos at Aqueduct and Belmont Park.

West Virginia Table Games Closer to Reality

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.

Aqueduct Casino, More VLTs Possible in '08 Plan

New York state officials said talks are under way to permit construction to proceed on a casino at Aqueduct, and a crack has opened to possibly permit more video lottery terminals in the state. Additionally, there is a plan by the state to provide more public assistance to keep the New York Racing Association afloat through 2007.

NYRA Asks Court to Halt Franchise Award

NYRA Asks Court to Halt Franchise Award

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.

Racetrack VLT Referendum Fails in Ohio

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.

NYRA Seeks Bankruptcy Protection from Court

NYRA Seeks Bankruptcy Protection from Court

The New York Racing Association has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, charging that the state of New York's failure to approve a long-stalled casino project for Aqueduct Racetrack has pushed it toward insolvency.

Ohio Racetrack VLT Question on November Ballot

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 Comptroller Blasts State Lottery Division

New York Comptroller Blasts State Lottery Division

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.

More Petitions Submitted for Ohio VLT Ballot Question

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.

Ohio VLT Vote Needs More Valid Signatures

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.

NYRA Asks Horsemen to Join in Aqueduct VLT Push

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.

Group Wants Spa Protected in New York RFP

Group Wants Spa Protected in New York RFP

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.

VLT Ballot Measure Considered Key to Ohio Auction

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.

Ohio Groups Join Forces on VLT Ballot Question

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.

Delayed Aqueduct VLT Costs Soaring

Delayed Aqueduct VLT Costs Soaring

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.

NY Tracks, VLTs Worth $2.1 Billion, Study Says

NY Tracks, VLTs Worth $2.1 Billion, Study Says

New York state could reap at least $2.1 billion if it auctions off video lottery terminal franchises at Aqueduct and Belmont racetracks, sells the tracks now run by the New York Racing Association, and privatizes the six regional off-track betting corporations now scattered around the state.

FNYR Report: Address Health and Welfare Issues

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.

NYRA Hopes to Receive Additional $20 Million Soon

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.

Report: New York Must Overhaul Racing Laws

Report: New York Must Overhaul Racing Laws

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.

Parties in New York Finalize VLT Revenue Deal

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.

Kentucky Scholarships Generate Talk of Gaming

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.

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