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KEEP Backs Kentucky Track Casinos
The Kentucky Equine Education Project (backed by several thoroughbred industry groups) "has announced its support of full casino gambling at racetracks in the state & would like Kentuckians to vote to amend the state constitution to allow tracks to offer alternative gambling," reported thoroughbredtimes.com. KEEP is "an alliance of the state's equine industry leaders" & executive director Jim Navolio said preliminary estimates "indicate at least US$800 million in total revenue could be available from such gambling, with US$400-450 million available to the state". Navolio summed up: "This is the right approach at the right time for Kentucky. The horse industry & the entire commonwealth compete with surrounding states, which have casino gaming that lures away vital revenues from our Kentucky."