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‘KEEP’ING THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE

By Bradford Cummings As we enter into the 2010 general session of the Kentucky House and Senate, it is important for Kentuckians to take a moment and look back at where we have come from in this fight to level the playing field with other states through expanded gaming in the Bluegrass State. While I […]

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‘A DEBATABLE POINT’

Kentucky State Senator Damon Thayer delays consideration of his constitutional amendment bill to build a larger consensus, reports the Blood-Horse’s Ron Mitchell. “I am getting a lot of feedback from people in the horse industry that they are disappointed in the horse industry leadership for opposing my bill,” Thayer said. However, he fails to […]

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THAYER: IT’S MY BILL OR THE HIGHWAY

By Ray Paulick Every Kentuckian’s favorite piñata, Republican state Sen. Damon Thayer, was Mike Penna’s guest last Saturday on the Horse Racing Radio Network’s “Equine Forum,” discussing, naturally, the issue of slot machines at Kentucky racetracks. (To listen to a rebroadcast of the interview, click here.) Thayer is feeling his oats these days, […]

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KEEP Redoubles Efforts to Protect Jobs in the Equine Industry

Press Release (LEXINGTON, Ky.)— In a meeting held this morning, the Kentucky Equine Education Project Board of Directors unanimously voted to redouble their efforts to protect Kentucky jobs and put our signature horse industry on a level competitive playing field.   “As we all know, our competitor states are using revenue from expanded gaming […]

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KY REPUBLICANS: A PALACE REVOLT?

Not all is well in the kingdom of David Williams, Kentucky’s State Senate President and the state’s most powerful Republican not named Mitch McConnell. Republican Senators continue to drop like horseflies as a result of Williams’ strident anti-slots view with another possible casualty coming up soon in the race between Democrat Jodie Haydon and Republican […]

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KEEP: WILLIAMS’ ATTACKS CEMENT INDUSTRY UNITY

KEEP just released an editorial in response to KY State Senator David Williams’ criticism of the Thoroughbred industry’s desire for alternative gaming in Kentucky. Are you moved by this editorial? Where do you stand on the slots issue and have any of the recent editorials changed your mind one way or the other? The Paulick […]

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KENTUCKY CRISIS: WHAT YOU CAN DO

By Ray Paulick There is no question Kentucky’s horse industry is in crisis, and the special legislative session called by Gov. Steve Beshear and beginning Monday, June 15, may be the most critical five days ever seen by the Bluegrass State’s horse farmers and all others whose businesses and the livelihoods for their families […]

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BOREL: LET KENTUCKY TRACKS COMPETE WITH VLTs

I knew about Calvin Borel the rider but not Calvin Borel the writer. Borel, the winner of this year’s Kentucky Derby aboard Mine That Bird and the Kentucky Oaks and Preakness aboard the filly Rachel Alexandra, has come out in support of video lottery terminal legislation (VLTs, or slots) that is being considered at the special […]

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KENTUCKY’S HORSE INDUSTRY CALLS FOR ACTION ON SLOTS

By Ray PaulickThere may not have been anyone at Wednesday’s press conference at Churchill Downs who understands horse racing’s need for slot machines or alternative forms of gambling better than Chip Woolley, the trainer of Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird. Woolley didn’t hesitate when I asked him how slot machines have turned around […]

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