Pennsylvanians Question Racing’s Slots Kickback

While slots have provided a much-needed jumpstart to Pennsylvania’s horse racing industry, not everyone in the state is convinced the additional revenue is going to the right place. According to a report by, more than $1.5 billion (12 percent of slots revenue) has gone to the state’s industry in the last six years. Many […]

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Editorial: NYRA’s Slots Dependence Doesn’t Indicate Failure

According to a recent editorial in The Saratogian, the pressure on the New York Racing Association to break racing’s dependence on slots revenue is an unreasonable one. The 25-year agreement established between the state and NYRA in 2008 actually acknowledges that dependence, which the uncredited writer asserts is an indication that the state does not expect […]

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West: Slots Make Racing ‘A Necessary Inconvenience’

Amidst a period of economic recovery which this week saw the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S$P 500 reach record highs, gains in the housing market, and a decline in unemployment, horse racing has slipped, or at least, remained flat. As writer Gary West put it in a column for ESPN, the industry is “a […]

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State Files Complaint Over Staged 150-Yard Race at Gulfstream

Today, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR), Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering filed an Administrative Complaint against Gulfstream Park Thoroughbred After Racing Program (GPTARP). The complaint states that GPTARP on July 1, 2013 only ran a single thoroughbred horse race of 150 yards instead of running a series of races required by Florida law […]

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Damon Thayer’s comeback and the future of gaming in Kentucky

A couple weeks ago, multi-term Kentucky State Sen. Damon Thayer completed an unlikely turnaround of political fortunes when he was elected Majority Leader of the Kentucky Senate. It wasn’t even a year ago that the embattled Republican senator from Georgetown had been tossed aside by his caucus when then-Senate President David Williams effectively squashed Senate […]

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Groundbreaking expected this fall on new Ohio tracks, casinos

Penn National Gaming is moving forward with plans to build racetracks and slots casinos in Dayton and Austintown, Ohio, with groundbreaking expected this fall.  This week, PNG said it had filed licenses with Ohio officials as part of its plan to relocate tracks from Columbus and Toledo to Austintown (near Youngstown) and Dayton, respectively. The […]

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Ontario horsemen protest loss of slots

The Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association organized 11 rallies at Liberal MMPs offices through Ontario Friday to dispute claims by Finance Minister Dwight Duncan that he is not killing nearly 60,000 jobs in Ontario, according to a report by The Windsor Star. Earlier this month, Duncan announced that Windsor Raceway’s 750 slot machines would be […]

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Poll: Ontario residents approve of slots at racetracks

Fully three quarters of Ontarians say they approve of the ‘Slots at the Racetrack” program (74%), and two thirds approve of the specific terms of the deal OLG has with Ontario’s horse racing tracks (61%) according to a new survey conducted by Forum Research on behalf of the Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association. The vast […]

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Minnesota racino bill shot down – again

A Minnesota Senate committee has rejected a bill that would allow slot machine-style games at the state’s horse racing tracks. It’s another in a long line of failed attempts over the past decade by tracks and horse breeders to gain support for racino operations.  But Canterbury Park, Running Aces Harness Park and other supporters of […]

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