Racetracks vs. Racinos. It not hard to see which ones are thriving and which are dying.Charles Town & Louisiana Up in Handle & Purse Increases.

Charles Town Reports 8.1% Jump in 2010 Handle

By Tom LaMarra
Updated: Sunday, January 2, 2011 2:15 PM
Posted: Saturday, January 1, 2011 3:17 PM

Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races reported gains in total pari-mutuel handle for its 2010 meet, which spanned 227 full programs and four partial cards through Dec. 31.

Officials at the West Virginia racetrack said all-sources handle for Charles Town racing totaled $193,261,857, up 8.1% from 2009, when five more race days were held. Average daily handle on live racing was up 10.1%, while average daily export handle rose 11.8%, officials said.

Charles Town, which has full-scale casino gambling that produces revenue for purses and breed development, paid $38.8 million in purses in 2010, according to The Jockey Club Information Systems. Average daily purses totaled $168,155, down from $181,934 in 2009. Total purses declined more than $4 million year to year, according to the TJCIS statistics.

The $1 million Charles Town Classic program in April produced a single-program record handle of $2,584,876. Handle on the Classic itself was $648,005, a new single-race record for Charles Town.

The 2011 Classic, set for April 16, will carry grade III status in only its third year.

The $1.3 million West Virginia Breeders Classics program in October also set a handle record with $1,526,419 wagered, up 27% from the previous high.

Jeff Runco won the training title for the fifth straight year, while J.D. Acosta was leading jockey for the third straight year.

Charles Town kicks off its 2011 meet Jan. 4 with racing on a Tuesday-through-Saturday schedule with first post time at 7:15 p.m. EST.


Fair Grounds Announces Five-Percent Purse Hike

NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 31, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots announced today a five-percent increase of overnight purses, effective Thursday (Jan. 6).

“Bettors have responded to the consistently high quality of racing at Fair Grounds,” track Vice President & General Manager Eric Halstrom said. “It’s always gratifying when we can offer more money to the horsemen that provide our large and competitive fields.”

Thursday will mark Day 29 of Fair Grounds’ 84-day Thoroughbred Racing Season. Live racing is conducted Thursdays to Mondays through the end of February before shifting to Fridays to Mondays (plus Mardi Gras Day) in March.

About Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, the nation’s third-oldest racetrack, has been in operation since 1872. Located in New Orleans, Fair Grounds is owned by Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq:CHDN); it also operates a slot-machine gaming facility and 10 off-track betting parlors throughout southeast Louisiana. The 139th Thoroughbred Racing Season will run Nov. 25, 2010-March 27, 2011, highlighted by the 98th Grade II Louisiana Derby on March 26. Information about Fair Grounds can be found online at www.FairGroundsRaceCourse.com.   End

Unless people are missing their brains it’s obvious to all that not only the Horse Tracks that have full-blown gaming benefits the racetracks and Horsemen/Women of those States by increased purses. But also benefits the States allowing the Gaming by bringing in more much-needed Revenue. Indiana is another Prime Example.

In conjunction with Indiana Downs race track, Indiana Live! Casino earned the Best Racetrack/Racino award for the second consecutive year.

SHELBYVILLE, Ind. (Wednesday, September 22, 2010)— Indiana Live! Casino showed it is “Simply the Best” for the second consecutive year by winning multiple honors in Southern Gaming and Destinations Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards.

Indiana Live! Casino earned seven first-place awards in the “Best of 2010” competition, which included all casinos in Central and Southern Indiana. The Shelbyville, Indiana-based entertainment destination finished first in six categories in the “Best of 2009” competition.

“For the second straight year, we are thrilled to be voted ‘Best of’ in so many categories,” said Indiana Live! Casino General Manager Richard Kline. “These awards show that our patrons truly appreciate the hard work and dedication of everyone who works to make sure that each and every visit to Indiana Live! Casino is a truly enjoyable experience.”

More than 50,000 voters filled out ballots this year. Indiana Live! Casino was picked as a repeat winner in four categories, including Best Casino Floor, which replaced the Best Slots category won by Indiana Live! Casino last year. Indiana Live! Casino was also a repeat winner in the Best Buffet, Best Customer Service and Best Racetrack/Racino categories.

Indiana Live! Casino also earned top honors in the Best Overall Casino and Best Player’s Club categories. Maker’s Mark® Bourbon House & Lounge, a high-end steakhouse located inside Indiana Live! Casino, was voted Best Restaurant.

Indiana Live! Casino also finished second in the Best Advertising and Best Poker Room listings.

“Congratulations go to everyone associated with Indiana Live! Casino in regards to our 2010 ‘Best of’ Readers’ Choice Awards,” said Southern Gaming & Destinations Magazine General Manager G. Douglas Dreisbach. “Their seven first-place awards were the most of any property in our 2010 voting, many of which were repeat winners from the 2009 awards. The recognition by our readers is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of Indiana Live! Casino employees.”

Patrons ready to cash in on a jackpot voted Indiana Live! Casino winner of the Best Casino Floor category. Indiana Live! Casino features 2,000 high-tech slot machines and electronic table games including Blackjack, Roulette and Craps. A state-of-the-art Poker Room offers the best in Texas Hold’em.

The Live! Market Buffet is a repeat winner in the Best Buffet category. Offering more than 100 delicious menu items in an extensive lunch and dinner buffet served seven days each week, the Live! Market Buffet also includes a tempting Seafood Buffet on Friday nights.

Maker’s Mark® Bourbon House & Lounge, the winner of the Best Restaurant category, serves succulent dry-aged beef cooked to perfection and features world-famous Maker’s Mark® Bourbon, a selection of more than 50 world-famous whiskies for the discerning palate, and a wine list of more than 200 labels.

Other dining options at Indiana Live! Casino include the Live! Java Bar, which proudly brews Starbucks coffee and features a $2.99 breakfast from 7AM to 11AM daily, and NASCAR® Sports Grille, an ideal destination to watch all sporting events that offers contemporary American food, a full-service bar, and unique weekend entertainment.

Making sure all customer needs are met helped Indiana Live! Casino earn a repeat win in the Best Customer Service Category.

In conjunction with Indiana Downs race track, Indiana Live! Casino earned the Best Racetrack/Racino award for the second consecutive year. Indiana Live! Casino is located adjacent to Indiana Downs, which conducts live racing as well as simulcasting for standardbreds, thoroughbreds and quarter horses.

Indiana Live! Casino, a 233,000 square-foot Las Vegas style entertainment destination , also topped the Best Overall Casino category. In addition to featuring multiple dining venues certain to fulfill any appetite, the casino boasts 2,000 high-tech slot machines and electronic table games including Blackjack, Roulette and Craps, and a state-of-the-art Poker Room offering the best in Texas Hold’em. Two full-service bars give patrons a chance to enjoy a wide range of beverages. Indiana Live! Casino also features live entertainment on weekends.

The Live! Rewards Player’s Club was voted the Best Player’s Club. Live! Rewards Club members at Indiana Live! Casino receive a variety of perks, including comps, exclusive offers and chances to win popular promotions.

“Best of 2010” results have been published in the September issue of Southern Gaming and Destinations Magazine and are also posted online at http://www.southerngaming.com.

Indiana Live! Casino is central Indiana’s premier entertainment destination. Located just 20 minutes from downtown Indianapolis on Interstate 74E, Exit 109 at Indiana Downs in Shelbyville, Ind., Indiana Live! Casino offers approximately 2,000 of the most popular high-tech ticket-in/ticket-out machines. Guests enjoy a variety of the newest themed reel and video slots offering denominations from a penny to $100. Also, players can enjoy a wide selection of electronic table games, including Blackjack, Roulette, and Craps. Additionally, Indiana Live! Casino features an expansive state-of-the art poker room offering the best in Texas Hold’em.

Complementing these unparalleled gaming experiences, Indiana Live! Casino also features five unique dining and entertainment venues under one roof, which offers all patrons the area’s best in elegant and casual dining, vibrant nightlife, live entertainment and much more. Indiana Live! Casino is open 24 hours a day and seven days a week to visitors age 21 and older and is located adjacent to Indiana Downs race track, a 200-acre venue that conducts live racing and simulcasting for standardbreds, thoroughbreds and quarter horses throughout the year. For more, visit http://www.indianalivecasino.com.

Indiana Live! Casino is owned by Indiana Downs LLC and managed by Baltimore, Md.-based developer The Cordish Company www.cordish.com. End


SHELBYVILLE, Ind. (Wednesday, March 10, 2010)—Indiana Live! Casino is celebrating its one-year anniversary this weekend, March 12 through 14. Since opening the permanent facility, the casino has made a significant economic impact as a major source of revenue and support for Shelby County and the state of Indiana, paying out approximately $104 million in taxes and fees.

“The economic impact of Indiana Live! Casino is far reaching,” said Indiana Live! Casino Chief Financial Officer Fred Burford. “Not only does the casino pay millions in taxes each year, we also employ more than 800 people and purchase products and services from many businesses, a large number of which are local.”

Approximately 850 employees and an extensive list of vendors including family-owned businesses and car dealers are among those that benefit financially from Indiana Live! Casino, which is celebrating its first anniversary at its permanent facility on March 12 through 14. The festivities on March 12 will include a special carrot cake cutting by Indiana Live! Casino General Manager Richard Kline and Shelbyville Mayor Scott Furgeson that takes place at 6PM at Center Bar.
“We’re going to have fun and celebrate our accomplishments together. We want to show our appreciation for all the support we’ve received from our customers, from the government and from area businesses,” Kline said. “Mayor Scott Furgeson is such a great supporter of what we have done here at the casino. We’re excited to have him and a number of his staff here to help us celebrate. This is just going to be a ‘wow’ time where everybody at the end of the day can walk out of this facility saying Indiana Live! is the best.”

Indiana Live! Casino opened its 233,000-square-foot Las Vegas-style gaming facility on March 13, 2009. The casino was previously housed in a 70,000-square-foot temporary facility that opened in June 2008.

Owned by Indiana Downs LLC and managed by Baltimore-based developer The Cordish Company, Indiana Live! Casino is the closest casino to Indianapolis and is conveniently located on Interstate 74E, Exit 109, approximately 20 minutes from downtown Indianapolis.

Indiana Live! Casino has an annual payroll of more than $24 million, which includes wages and a wide range of benefits offered to all eligible employees. The list of vendors that Indiana Live! Casino has done business with includes more than 1,800 names.

“Numerous individuals, organizations and communities have directly benefitted from their association with Indiana Live! Casino,” Burford said. “It’s a win-win proposition that benefits everyone involved.”

The casino paid out more than $6.5 million to Shelby County. More than $32.8 million has been dedicated to the Indiana Horse Racing industry to supplement live racing purses and to fund various horsemen’s associations. Money from the casino is also used by the Division of Mental Health to fight problem gambling.

Indiana Live! Casino also paid out more than $60.7 million in jackpots in 2009.

“Nothing beats the thrill of being a winner at Indiana Live! Casino,” Burford said. “One trip to our establishment can be a life-changing experience, which is evident by the number of winners we’ve paid.”

Built at a cost of more than $250 million, the casino’s permanent structure is an ideal tourist destination that features approximately 2,000 Electronic Table Games and Slot Machines and a state-of-the-art Poker Room offering Texas Hold’em. Three restaurants and three bars also provide guests ample opportunities to enjoy a festive atmosphere that includes a wide variety of entertainment and dining options.

“It brings people to our community and lets them see what we offer,” said Julie Metz, Executive Director of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce. “It also brings those revenues that are going to be used for economic development and improvements here in Shelby County.”

Indiana Live! Casino’s interior features dramatic lace ceilings, a 50-foot clearstory feature over the center of the gaming floor with skylights providing natural lighting and a 4,500-square-foot Center Bar with a sculptural free-form back bar dramatically lit with plasma screens. The exterior of the casino is equally dramatic with dynamic lighting, beautiful ponds and fountains and an eye-catching digital billboard.

“Indiana Live! has invested hundreds of millions of dollars,” Metz said. “Anyone who has gone out there and seen what we have is just awestruck the first time you walk in. It’s beautiful the way it is put together.”

As part of its anniversary celebration, Indiana Live! Casino is giving away two new Volkswagen Rabbits—one on Friday, March 12 and one on Saturday, March 13. Numerous car dealerships have benefitted from the car giveaway promotions in the past at Indiana Live! Casino. Lucky winners have driven home a Pontiac Solstice, a Dodge Avenger, a Ford Fusion, a Cadillac CTS, a Smart Car and a Ford F-150 truck. Additional winners chose a cash option instead of a vehicle.

Shelbyville-based hotels located approximately five minutes from Indiana Live! Casino have also benefitted from an increase in business since the casino opened. At the Hampton Inn, General Manager Kylie Barnes said Indiana Live! Casino patrons book on average between 20 to 25 rooms per night. Location and discounts offered to Indiana Live! Casino patrons draw the customers to the hotel, Barnes said.

“It’s more weekend business,” Barnes said. “We’re pretty full during the week anyway.”

Metz expects Indiana Live! Casino’s impact on area businesses to increase in the future.

“I’m not aware that we have felt a total impact from it yet,” Metz said. “For many years, people were heading right by that location. Now, it’s very convenient to stop.”

A hotel that is attached to Indiana Live! Casino is a definite possibility in the future. Other future additions may include a spa, a fitness center and a multi-purpose room that could be used for everything from meetings to conventions and concerts.

Kline also wants to see Indiana law changed to allow Racinos to have live dealers for table games.
“Having all of those things together will really make us a full-service casino—one that everybody can not only be proud of but will be extremely successful for the surrounding community as it will bring more people here,” Kline said. “It would also be a huge success story for the state.”


Here’s a state-by-state look at total 2009 revenue from racetracks that have slot machines:

Delaware – .24 million

Florida – .74 million

Indiana – .10 million

Iowa – .62 million

Louisiana – .65 million

Maine – .20 million

New Mexico – .94 million

New York – .019 billion

Oklahoma – .13 million

Pennsylvania – .579 billion

Rhode Island – .17 million

West Virginia – .59 million

Arlington Park spokesman Thom Serafin said the addition of slot machines to the racetrack would allow Illinois to compete against neighboring states such as Indiana, which saw an increase in racetrack casino revenue in 2009.

“We’ll compete with anyone, anytime, anywhere,” Serafin said. “We just need to be given the opportunity to compete and run the business as a business.”

Indiana has more than doubled its revenue from horse racing since 2008, at least partly because of two racetracks that recently added slots.

For example, Hoosier Park Racing and Casino in Anderson, Ind., which was exclusively a racetrack for 14 years, opened its casino in summer 2008 and has raised more than $450 million for the state, city and county since it opened. That’s not to mention tourism money the casino has brought in and jobs it has created for employees there, supporters point out.

Track advocates say Arlington Heights could stand to reap similar benefits if slots at the track there draw more gamblers.

“It’s helped us fill a funding gap in our municipal budget and really helped us keep our head above water, whereas other communities haven’t had that,” said Tammy Bowman, spokeswoman for the city.

Still, some Indiana officials echo gambling expansion critics in Illinois, saying racetrack casinos are not the answer to the state’s economic woes.

For one, the $500 million a year estimated to be created by Illinois’ expansion plans would make only a small dent in the state’s more than $13 billion budget deficit.

And Indiana state Rep. Peggy Welch, a 12-year Democratic legislator who voted against slot machines at racetracks, is concerned Indiana has become too dependent on gambling revenues. So as surrounding states such as Illinois and Ohio continue to expand gambling options, Indiana could see its share of the market decrease.

And that would mean less money for state government.

“We’re going to start seeing our gaming revenue decrease especially as other states expand their gaming. All those residents are not going to be coming across to the Indiana boats,” Welch said. “We need to decrease our dependence on gaming revenue … and use it more as a reserve fund.

Illinois opponents of the pending expansion proposal say slot machines at Arlington Park and other race tracks, along with four new northern Illinois casinos, would mean more gambling options than people can handle even inside the state.

Illinois’ existing casino industry already has seen its profits plummet in recent years. With Des Plaines set to open a casino in the summer, Tom Swoik, executive director of the Illinois Casino Gaming Association, said the focus should be on reviving the existing industry that has struggled the last three years.

“You’re trying to expand an industry which has had its difficulties over the last few years,” said Swoik, who represents the Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin, among others. “It would be like if General Motors opened additional franchises when they’re losing business.”

Iowa has slot machines at its racetracks, and its gambling market could be feeling the effects of saturation. Its overall gambling revenue fell 6.1 percent in 2009. A recent Iowa Gaming and Racing Commission report said that by the end of its 2008 fiscal year, the state already had nearly tapped its entire gambling market.

The 2010 American Gaming Association Survey of Casino Entertainment showed Iowa had 20,340 gambling positions, which was 10,005 more than Illinois.

That’s why some proponents argue Illinois still has room to expand.

“Some people call it saturation, other people refer to it as competition,” Serafin said.

Richard McGarvey, spokesman for the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, said he believes the casino and horse racing industries can coexist. His state’s racetracks bring in more than $1 billion a year, and total gambling revenue increased 21 percent from 2008 to 2009. He said slot machines at tracks there only helped the horse racing industry.

“It has certainly taken an industry that was flat on its back and revitalized it,” McGarvey said. “You’re seeing more racing dates in Pennsylvania. You’re seeing more breeding in Pennsylvania, more barns opening that weren’t here before.” 


Wouldn’t it be nice for Michigan to be on this list. And the question is why aren’t we?

The answer: Because Michigan likes to live in the dark ages.

Yesterday Michigan swore in a new Governor. Rick Snyder who ran his campaign on Jobs, who ran on bringing back prosperity to Michigan, ran on brining in more Revenue to the State. Yet word is he’s not looking to expand anything to Michigan Horse Racing tracks. And again I’d say Why?

What part of any of these articles on Va., La. or Indiana are not clear?

Your answer is in big gigantic bold neon lights. Other State realize it why can’t Michigan?

We live in a country of free enterprize. People have preached throughout this land you cannot keep other businesses from expanding because it may cut into or possible affect another one. Thus far it’s not Tribunal Casinos trying to stop the Horse Tracks here from gaining slots. It is only the three that sit in Detroit. And what makes them so special? And why must it hinder other venues from going forward with gaining the same Gaming.

Horse Racing’s Pari-mutual was signed into law in 1933, 78 years ago.

Lottery in Michigan began in 1972 39 years after Horse Racing. The first Tribunal Casino to open in Michigan was 1988. The first Detroit Casino opened: MGM in Dec. of 1999. 65 years after Horse Racing.

So for 39 years it was Horse Racing alone that Generated the Millions upon Millions to the State of Michigan. And for 65 years prior to the three Detroit Casinos opening it was Horse Racing again that generated that Millions of Dollars empire to this State.

If Windsor hadn’t opened a Casino there or implemented slots at their track that had Americans flocking across the tunnel and bridge to get there. I still believe today Detroit would have never gained one Casino.

In 1999  a report was given to our Governor on Michigan’s Casino Industry Dawns in Detroit

In that same year of 1999 another Report was given the Michigan House on FISCAL FOCUS CHALLENGES TO MICHIGAN’S HORSE RACING INDUSTRY. And Completely Ignored.

A 1995 report by Public Sector Consultants, Inc. concluded that the horse racing industry in Michigan contributes substantially to the state’s employment, income, and economic well-being.3 Taking into account both direct and indirect economic impacts, it is estimated that horse racing in Michigan is a $1.2 billion industry responsible for more than 42,000 jobs, $233 million in personal income, and total economic output of $439 million each year.4 Additionally, race tracks and race farm operations support capital facilities with an estimated value of $700 million.

It was this Statement alone that should have gained the Horse Industry some help THEN.

Observers believe that a limited number of gambling dollars exist in the state, and, therefore, they view these developments as “cannibalization” of horse racing.

But sadly it was this report that must have gone into the shredder for confetti to celebrate the Casino Openings. How beyond very sad.

Well Governor Snyder these numbers now have dwindled because of the effects of Casino on Horse Racing in Michigan since the report was done. But with not only your effort but our House and Senate many could be brought back to full force.

Employment Impacts

3,200 jobs directly related to racetrack operations.
2,059 indirect jobs supported by the spending and wages generated at
race tracks.
28,370 jobs directly related to race farm operations (more than one half
are family members or owners of these operations).
8,677 indirect jobs supported by spending by race farm operations.

Income Impacts
$51.7 million in personal income generated directly and indirectly from
race track operations.
$181.5 million in personal income generated directly and indirectly
from race farm operations.
Output Impacts
$65.7 million in direct and indirect output generated by race track
373.0 million in direct and indirect output generated by race farm

Full-card simulcasting, authorized under the Horse Racing Law of 1995, is directly responsible for turning Michigan tracks into year-round operations and transforming previously part-time employment opportunities to full-time jobs for
track employees. Impacts of horse racing extend beyond the entrance gates of Michigan’s parimutuel tracks. The industry plays a role in state and local finances, contributing more than $31 million annually to state and local coffers primarily through taxes, uncashed tickets, and “breakage.

The equine industry employs a sizeable labor force. According to the 1996 Michigan Equine Survey, 6,500 people worked full-time on equine operations — principally the family members and owners of those operations. In 1996, those
equine facility operators had 1,100 full-time paid employees and hired 4,400 part-time and seasonal workers. Other sectors of Michigan agriculture grow, store, and transport many of the agricultural products required by the equine industry.

It was the next part to this 1999 Report that impacted Horse Racing but went completely ignored: INDUSTRY CHALLENGES

Casinos in Detroit, the approval of four new tribal-state gaming compacts authorizing four new Native American casinos, the introduction of slot machines at the Windsor Harness Raceway, the state’s participation in the multistate lottery The Big Game, and the introduction of nearly 50 new instant lottery games each year. Combined, these developments have cut into the horse racing market and placed the industry at a competitive disadvantage.


In reality as of Jan. 1, 2011 Michigan has Twelve federally recognized Indian tribes operate 19 casinos in Michigan. With the three in Detroit that brings the total to 23 Casinos. With another in Muskegon set to open making it 20 and even more are on the agenda.

Casinos beat the odds: They keep opening despite opposition, bad economy

Yet Governor Snyder isn’t looking to expand any further Gaming to the Horse Tracks?

My God, WHY NOT?

Horse Racing was here FIRST helping to aid and generate much-needed money to Michigan. Are we not in need of anymore? Michigan ranks as one of the highest States buried in debt.

Look at what slots did for Indiana, not just the Tracks, Horsemen/Women. Look at what it did for the STATE. Numbers that just can’t be ignored. I mean you can as this 1999 report on Challenges to Horse Racing was. But why would you want to?

When your main objective is Jobs and more Jobs. More Revenue for the State that elected you.

Is our individuals who’ve been apart of this Historical Industry of Horse Racing not worth it anymore. Why? We deserve an explanation of why you and so many others don’t think that we are to our faces. So many jobs directly and indirectly are a part of the Horse Racing and Agriculture Industry here in Michigan. Hard working individuals that go at it 7 days a week and have contributed in taxes from their wages to a State they helped to enrich for so long. 77 years.

We are looking to have 78 and beyond but not on the present road because this road has come to a dead-end, made a dead-end by Michigan. And I’m not alone to as why Michigan believes and acts as if we are totally expendable.

Did we not do our part?

The conclusion of this blog comes with a statement of some attention. It was a statement made by a man named Frank Fantini, editor and publisher of Fantini’s Gaming Report in Dover, Del. In an Oct. 13, 2010 Detroit News article Detroit casinos outgain national rivals. Gaming halls see revenues rise 2.7% in first three quarters.


“Detroit more than other casino markets seems to be insulated from competition,”


And I say why is this Governor Snyder?

Detroit is a city that is hurting sympathized by the MGCB Director Richard Kalm in a statement he made in a Detroit Free Press article when he directed his words specifically at Pinnacle Race Course.

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians recently purchased land near Pinnacle Race Course in Huron Township in western Wayne County. Gaming facilities there or in Port Huron would compete directly for local customers with Detroit’s three casinos, which count on exclusivity to fuel their business. The Detroit casinos are an important source of revenue for the City of Detroit.

A lot of somebody’s out there as Mr. Fantini seemed to also take notice that Detroit more than other casino markets seems to be insulated from competition. And that is because they are being protected.


Well that’s all fine and dandy that Detroit Casinos are an important source of revenue for Detroit. But again what about the Horse Racing Industry that was here first from 1933 and counting?

What about us? What about our continued existence? Detroit Casinos employs how many people? Well better look at the stats again for how many the Horse Racing Industry employs. Detroit Casinos help Detroit as noted by your MGCB director. But Horse Racing helps MICHIGAN. Period.

And in his own words off the gaming site is: My goal is to strive to be the finest gaming control operation in the US, which will ensure the people of the State of Michigan that the commercial casino industry and horse racing is honest and fair. I am committed to protecting this source of revenue for the State of Michigan and maintaining the highest integrity and public confidence of gaming throughout this State.


I can’t think what is honest and fair to Horse Racing when you make a statement that says,

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians recently purchased land near Pinnacle Race Course in Huron Township in western Wayne County. Gaming facilities there or in Port Huron would compete directly for local customers with Detroit’s three casinos, which count on exclusivity to fuel their business. The Detroit casinos are an important source of revenue for the City of Detroit.

This sounds a lot more like very UNFAIR to me. So I take it the part where he also says I am committed to protecting this source of revenue for the State of Michigan. It’s only the Casinos he’s talking about.

This is why Horse Racing belongs back under Agriculture. Because we do deserve a fair shot of all the help we can gain with further gaming at the tracks. But I believe we deserve full-blown gaming as in Windsor across the river and other States that surround Michigan that are raking in the money generated off Racinos with slots. Why should just one city benefit and be looked out for? And with a gaming board whose director sees only one thing, Casinos how can Horse Racing ever get honest and fair? This is a democracy with free enterprise and it is law that all businesses have a right to proper. There isn’t just one restaurant, clothing store, theater, laundry mat, bar, bowling ally, beauty shop or another thousand or million businesses I could list. There are MANY.

24 Michigan Casinos and more opening. But Horse Racing Tracks should be excluded when they can bring in so much more revenue to this state if only allowed to?  How could you not want to expand further gaming to the Race Tracks Governor Snyder? How can you want to bring in new jobs when you’re willing to ax 42,000 that already exist. W. Virginia Race Tracks ( Mountaineer & Charles Town ) were the poorest in the country. Now look at them.

So read the 1999 Fiscal Focus Report to the House: Challenges to Michigan’s Horse Racing Industry.  And let us continue to have our livelihoods so we can continue to help Michigan in the process as we’ve always done. We deserve it and even more the State you got elected to deserves it. It can only be a Win Win situation for both. As in all these other states that share the wealth. Is that not what it is all about? Prosperity for all. We need to start looking out for all of Michigan and not just one City. Detroit Casinos are fine for Detroit.  But it is Horse Racing that held up this State long before they ever got here and the individuals who have spent their lives working hard in this Industry for the last 77 years should be respected enough to still deserve the time of day.

Michigan needs Thoroughbred Horse Racing, Let the tradition continue.


The Michigan State Fairgrounds holds the distinction of being the home of one of horse racings most famous accomplishments.  In 1933 a horse named “Seabiscuit”, was born.  The grandson of the famous Man ‘o War, Seabiscuit was considered a mediocre racehorse at best, until  September 7, 1936, before a crowd of 28,000 people at the Detroit Race Track located at the Detroit Fairgrounds, Seabiscuit won his very first race, The Governor’s Handicap.  It was the 50th race of his career.  Seabiscuit and jockey, John (Red) Pollard repeated the feat on September 26, 1936 at the Fairgrounds, winning the Hendrie Handicap.  This incredible racehorse quickly became a national hero due in part to his accomplishment at the Fairgrounds, and in 1938 Seabiscuit  was named Horse of the Year.  In 1958, he was voted into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame.   

Contact Governor Snyder: http://www.governorelectricksnyder.com/contact-us

Contact your Representative: http://house.michigan.gov/find_a_rep.asp

Contact your Senator: http://senate.michigan.gov/SenatorInfo/find-your-senator.htm

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