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IHRC denies Ky. ban

August 03, 2004

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An attempt to ban Kentucky Thoroughbred signals from Indiana facilities was once again turned away by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission Monday, Aug. 2.

Indiana Downs, with the support of the Indiana Horse Racing and Breeding Coalition, had asked the IHRC to consider banning the signals in an attempt to bring Kentucky horsemen to the table and negotiate sending the signal into the Shelbyville track’s Clarksville satellite wagering facility. The request was denied 3-2.

During a July 1 meeting commissioners opted to take no action on a similar request, and many believed the issue to be dead. However, Indiana Downs officials and members of the coalition argued they had no opportunity to rebut the Indiana Department of Gaming Research report presented at that time. The report outlined significant losses to both Indiana and Kentucky tracks and state horsemen if the signal were banned.

IHRC commissioners have resisted banning the lucrative Kentucky signal at a time when Indiana’s racing industry is faltering.

“We can’t take a chance that our industry will survive one or two years without the Kentucky signal,� IHRC Vice Chairman Alan Armstrong told those in attendance.
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