Racetrack officials have said they want to control on-site alternative gaming at their facilities. In fact, the agreement between tracks and horsemen calls for the tracks to provide the infrastructure in a "break-even" proposition. Revenue then would be awarded to the state, horsemen, and finally the tracks.
The same week Kentucky's Thoroughbred racetracks and horsemen agreed on how to divvy up revenue from video lottery terminals or slot machines, a state legislator unveiled a plan for land-based casinos that could be operated by parties other than tracks.Rep. Greg Stumbo told the Louisville Courier-Journal he wants to help and preserve horse racing, "but I don't think it's good public policy to let them have a monopoly," he said. Stumbo believes his plan wouldn't require a referendum because the Kentucky constitution doesn't ban video or casino gaming.