New Hampshire moved closer to the expansion of gambling when the state's House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee voted Oct. 27 to advance a bill calling for two casinos with a combined 10,000 slot machines and table games, according to a report in The Blood-Horse. The action is seen as a major step because previous similar bills have been killed in the House of Representatives.
Rockingham Park, which last held a Thoroughbred meet in 2002, is seen as the likely favorite to win one of two licenses for expanded gambling. The return of live racing would be part of the plan.
“We're very pleased that the committee looked favorably on the bill. It's the first step in the House,” Rockingham president and general manager Ed Callahan said. “Now we have two months to work with the 400 members of the full House and try to show them the benefits of expanded gaming in New Hampshire. If we are fortunate enough to win the license, we look forward to returning both Thoroughbred and harness racing to Rockingham Park.”
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