Virginia's House of Representatives voted 79-21 in favor of historical racing on Tuesday, reports racingbiz.com. The bill, HB 1609, is expected to begin consideration in the Senate next week.
“I think the nice thing about that vote and the size of the vote in favor was that people recognize that something significant has to be done to reopen Colonial Downs,” said Jeb Hannum, executive director of the Virginia Equine Alliance (VEA). “I feel like we made our case, and now we move forward to the Senate.”
Bill 1609 would grant the opportunity to host historical racing machines at a racetrack or off-track wagering facility, the latter owned by either the track or by the VEA.
“I think it's huge,” said Debbie Easter, president of the VEA. “First off, we get some live racing back in Virginia. The other thing it's going to let us do is shore up our incentive program (for breeding and raising horses in Virginia), so I think it's helpful to make sure we can do those and hopefully expand them a little bit.”
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