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KEEP Backs Kentucky Track Casinos

Tuesday, 20th September 2005

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."

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