Posted: Tuesday, September 27, 2011 10:19 AM
By John Kady
The Ohio Lottery Commission said Sept. 26 it plans to have video lottery terminals installed at some of the state’s racetracks perhaps by January 2012.
Racetrack VLTs were legalized earlier this year in Ohio. Roughly 14,000 of the devices in total are planned for seven racetracks, though installation will vary depending on construction schedules and whether racetracks apply to relocate.
A spokesperson for the lottery commission said plans are being formulated to install the VLTs, which the commission will have the authority to do after Oct. 17, when the legislation passed earlier this year takes effect.
The office of Republican Gov. John Kasich said Sept. 26 if the licenses for Beulah Park near Columbus and Raceway Park in Toledo—both are owned by Penn National Gaming Inc.—are transferred to other locations under approval by the Ohio State Racing Commission, other racing interests could take over Beulah Park and Raceway Park for racing purposes but would not be allowed to install VLTs for 10 years.
And many media outlets and politicians here have the audacity to ask what happened to Pinnacle Race Course promised Jobs?
Well during the construction Banks and Wall Street crashed. Our stupid Governor Miss Dumbbell Granholm dissolved our Office of Racing Commissioner then took us from AG where we had been since 1933 and placed us under the MGCB, they in turn allotted us 84 race dates in 2009 & 2010 only to then take them all back but 3. Legislators disregarded not one but two reports on the dismantling and cannibalism of the Horse Racing Industry and what could help us.
Our new Governor Mr. Snyder who is off in China at present attempting to convince the Chinese to bring jobs to Michigan yet he refuses to help keep the 12,000+ jobs that are already here connected to Horse Racing and Agriculture but are in dire jeopardy if no one in this state steps up to the 21st century like the states that surround us as in ASAP.
NEED I GO ON?
To the OHIO HBPA – Congratulations. With all sincerity the best to all of you. Your State Finally Woke Up. Pray for the MIHBPA that ours will too before they pronounce us dead once and for all.
So much for Reinvention.