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Beyer: Slots revenue ‘has done nothing’ to help horse racing

Andrew Beyer weighs in on the recent developments regarding slots funding for the horse racing industry in places like Pennsylvania, Ontario and Indiana.  Beyer says while slots money has benefited owners, trainers and breeders at tracks like Pennsylvania’s Presque Isle Downs, it’s done nothing to improve racing, and in fact, is hurting the sport: “At […]

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Ohio, Penn National Gaming agree to slots, track relocation deal

Penn National Gaming said Friday that it has reached a deal with the state of Ohio to relocate two racetracks and develop slots venues at both of them. Under the deal, the company would pay the state a third of the VLT revenues and an undetermined amount to the Ohio horse racing industry.  PNG will […]

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Ontario horsemen: Slots decision painful for families, communities

The Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association (OHRIA) is strongly condemning the government’s decision to force hundreds of hard working Ontarians out of work by closing the OLG slots at racetracks in Windsor, Fort Erie, and Sarnia. “This is a sad day for hundreds of families in these communities who found out today that they are […]

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Fort Erie to lose slots; closure almost certain

The Ontario government is expected to inform Fort Erie officials Wednesday that it will remove slot machines from the racetrack during the first phase of a policy shift in the Ontario gaming industry.  It will likely mean the closure of the 115-year-old track. The Hamilton Spectator reports that Fort Erie is one of four tracks […]

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Ontario report calls for end of horse racing slots payments in March 2013

The Ontario government has received a report from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation that proposes modernization of the system, an increase in its revenues by more than $1 billion a year, and the creation of 2,300 net new jobs in the gaming industry and nearly 4,000 additional jobs in the hospitality and retail sectors […]

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New York Times: ‘End may be near’ for greyhound racing

The New York Times looks at the current state of greyhound racing in the U.S., which has lost more than half its tracks in the past decade but managed to survive largely due to funding from casino gambling. Now, the Times says greyhound track owners are actually joining the chorus of opposition to the sport: […]

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The Breeders’ Cup Forum: Kentucky Ag Commissioner James Comer

For those Republicans in the horse industry looking for a politician they can get behind 100%, Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer more than fits the bill. His 11 years in the Kentucky House of Representatives prepped Comer for his new job overseeing the agriculture industries of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and in last year’s election […]

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Churchill Downs Inc. partners to buy Ohio track, add gaming

Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, one of the most innovative gaming and racing operators in the country, and Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI”), a premier racing, gaming and entertainment company, today announced their joint venture to purchase Lebanon Raceway in Lebanon, Ohio, and develop a new video lottery terminal (VLT) facility with up to 2,500 […]

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Clouds darken for those connected with Turfway Park

The Cincinnati Enquirer looks at the potential fate of Turfway Park, now that an expanded gambling bill has been defeated in the Kentucky state Senate.  Without the prospect of casino gaming, people who make their livelihood from the track are seriously concerned about its future: “Will Hall, who owns and trains about a dozen horses […]

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