Cauthen: Historical Racing Is ‘Moving Our Industry Forward While Bolstering Many Others’

On Monday, Kentucky legislators heard arguments from both sides of the historical horse racing debate. The discussion was precipitated by the state’s Supreme Court ruling declaring the games do not qualify as pari-mutuel wagering, and thus are not legal under state law. Horsemen are seeking legislation allowing HHR terminals to be legal, and Doug Cauthen, chairman of the board of the Kentucky Equine Education Project, penned an op/ed for the Northern Kentucky Tribune to urge state legislators to protect historical horse racing.

Cauthen explained that historical horse racing is directly responsible for 1,400 jobs across the state, and has contributed over $52 million to Kentucky’s general fund. The games support the state’s horse racing industry, which has a $5.2 billion economic impact.

“Historical horse racing is not a new idea or some ‘what if’ concept,” Cauthen wrote. “It is brick and mortar facilities that are generating valuable state revenue, providing paychecks for Kentuckians and moving our industry forward while bolstering many others. (…) By taking action to protect the future of historical racing, our elected officials are protecting critical jobs, state revenue and economic development—all of which greatly benefit their constituents and their communities.”

Read more at the Northern Kentucky Tribune.

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