House panel wants to legalize betting on horse races

A bipartisan panel of state lawmakers on Wednesday backed a plan to legalize betting on horse racing in Georgia.

Rep. Harry Geisinger (R-Roswell), the chairman of the Special Equine Study Committee, said at the panel’s meeting that they would propose a public referendum to legalize a new form of gambling in the state.

The appetite in the state for pari-mutuel gambling is unknown, but this not the first time the idea has come up. Proposals to amend the constitution to allow pari-mutuel betting are introduced every few years, most recently in 2005. None have found the backing necessary to reach voters.

But with lawmakers having already cut more than $3 billion from what is now an $18.5 billion state budget, and an additional $300 million in cuts on the horizon, a new form of revenue that does not include tax increases could be attractive. It’s important to note, too, that three of the four members of Geisinger’s committee who attended Wednesday’s hearing are Republicans, while Democrats have typically introduced the idea in the past.

That said, the state’s social conservatives will likely have serious reservations about expanding legalized gambling.

“Every time there is an economic slow down someone saddles up the idea of horse racing,” Jerry Luquire, the president of the Georgia Christian Coalition, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  “Horse racing in Georgia is a bad idea, that will not make it to the starting gate this session.”

But Alex Waldrop, president and CEO of National Thoroughbred Racing Association, told the committee that horse racing is not “the devil’s playground,” nor is it a quick fix for the state’s budget woes.

“You’re going to hear a lot of other gambling enterprises sell themselves a quick fix for revenue shortfalls,” Waldrop said. “I don’t think racing is that. I don’t think that’s something it brings to the table directly.”

Waldrop, former chairman of Churchill Downs, the Kentucky track where the Kentucky Derby is run each year, said horse racing done properly is safe and has built-in protections to maintain its integrity.

“You can, with confidence, explain to citizens of this state that there are jobs and economic development that will come with racing,” Waldrop said. “You can manage all the integrity issues, the safety and integrity issues and this will be a huge boon for the people of Georgia and an exciting opportunity to participate.”

Waldrop said the state should not simply limit its citizens to gambling on races run in other states. The key, he said, is to build tracks and attract horse owners to come and race.

Dr. Steve Fisch, a Georgia native and veterinarian practicing in Florida, said the horse industry in that state has a $5 billion impact on the Sunshine State economy.

87 comments Add your comment

Rob

November 18th, 2009
11:55 am

Well, lets stop anything that would BRING jobs and such to GA!…
WTG!!!

Flo-Ri-Duh!

November 18th, 2009
12:06 pm

The state of Georgia has a monoply on legalized gambling with the lottery which is bringing in a lot of money and they don’t want any competition intefering with their gravy train . If it is alright to bet on the lottery then it is alright to bet on horse racing and alright to bet in casinos but the politicians want all the gambling money to go to the government and they will keep every thing else out. There is gambling in Florida and Mississippi and that is where Gerogians are taking their business. Let’s keep it in Georgia – just common sense.

Chris

November 18th, 2009
12:07 pm

OMG!! This won’t pass like Sunday sales and lotto/casinos downtown… I can hear the bibles thumping now.

Glenn

November 18th, 2009
12:11 pm

Go baby go !!

Gabriel

November 18th, 2009
12:12 pm

This would be great for the whole state of Georgia. Give the equine industry and horse racing a chance to thrive and we will see job growth and tax revenues increase.

Valerie

November 18th, 2009
12:15 pm

Georgia is so behind on everything!!!! WTF? It would be more jobs and money for Georgia! We to bring casinos to Georgia as well!!

YVETTE ADAMS

November 18th, 2009
12:20 pm

WHAT YOU NEED IS CASINO’S NOT HORSE RACING

PM

November 18th, 2009
12:21 pm

Didn’t Alabama try this 20 years ago? and it failed right?

Jodi

November 18th, 2009
12:25 pm

Horses?? I would go with Casinos first…

Slim

November 18th, 2009
12:33 pm

horses!!! We cant afford to lose no horses!!!! Send over a couple of *&^%$!

AWJ

November 18th, 2009
12:40 pm

It is funny to me that the answer to budget woes during bad economies, along with tax increases, is to look at legalizing things that are now illegal. Legalizing marijuana, gambling, prostitution, et al just to make more in tax revenue says a lot about the integrity of our government and politicians.

Should the validity of something being legal be based on its tax revenue potential? What about the negative implications that these types of ideas would bring? (not so much the horse racing thing)

How about fiscal responsibility and having politicians and such ACTUALLY do what they promise to do. If our government, and business alike, continue to look at “rasing more revenue at all cost” versus trying to work on controlling spending as a way to increase revenue (as well as creating a slower, steadier revenue growth pattern) our country is going to collapse under its own ignorance.

If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything….

Bill M

November 18th, 2009
12:45 pm

Only need to add legalized Georgia virtual casinos. Only allow people in the state to play. Don’t need the hassles that come with a regular casino(crime complaints, where to put it, price of land etc…). Why allow this money to go overseas without taxing it. It is going on already, why not control it and make money from it.
We already have keno and the lottery. What’s the problem?

laugf

November 18th, 2009
12:50 pm

why not race politicians, you can put a saddle on a jack a$$

Not going to happen

November 18th, 2009
12:57 pm

My wife is from Louisville and we visit the Downs a couple of times a year. It is an amazing experience and it is unfortunate that the people of Georgia will not be able partake in such a venture because of the ignorance of a few. Good luck to those trying to get this grand idea pushed through the small town judge-o-sphere, but like their opinion, don’t bet on something like this passing. No fear. Louisville is only 6 hours away!!!

Lee

November 18th, 2009
1:08 pm

This state is firmly in the hands of the religious right and the governor…..unfortunately this proposal will not make it far.

JohnAtl

November 18th, 2009
1:13 pm

Jerry Luquire – If you don’t like betting on horses, then stay away. I, and countless others are SICK TO DEATH of you people impossing YOUR WILL on the rest of us. That goes for Sunday package sales too. The last time you folks had an “insider” elected to office was the esteemed Linda Shrinko. Enough said.

A well done horse track on the outskirts of Atlanta could do wonders for tourism, the convention business and provide much needed revenue. I have seen some pretty classy parks in my day, and they are an asset to an area if done well.

Shane

November 18th, 2009
1:13 pm

I say yes, yes, yes!…. As a tranplanted Kentuckian, that you have no idea what your missing…. One of the things i miss the most every Spring and Fall is the track with friends and family. Horse racing (at least in the South) is a social event. If you think that Horse tracks only breed crime, prostitues and addiction, i invite you to visit Keeneland (Lexington, KY) in the Spring. It is a sight to behold….. Just think of it, in a few years we could all be wearing our “sunday best” and sipping a juleps at the “Georgia Derby”

Please!

November 18th, 2009
1:14 pm

They will never pass it. The bible thumpers will see to it.

Please!

November 18th, 2009
1:19 pm

This fits right in with the story below. Atlanta is boring. Once you have seen Stone Mountain, and been to Six Flags, you have pretty much done it all.
http://www.ajc.com/business/atlanta-accessible-but-not-201524.html

John

November 18th, 2009
1:42 pm

I have never lived in a more Contradictory City in my life! In Atlanta there are Strip Clubs where illegal things take part given you have enough money, but you can’t buy alcohol on Sunday or bet on horses. People wake up! How about a little consistency in this city???

Uppity Downs

November 18th, 2009
1:44 pm

Something smells on the right, and it ain’t the ponies.

jc smith

November 18th, 2009
1:53 pm

Pari-mutuel horse wagering is better than the lottery with a ripple effect of jobs, hotels, restaurants, breeders, farmers and race employees. Plus, the Sport of Kings is exciting to watch. If the Bible Belters are against racing, then keep their religion to themselves and let the 90% of citizens enjoy it. Racinos (tracks with slots) would be even better to raise money.

oldtimer

November 18th, 2009
1:55 pm

Horses would be fun! I love Church Hill Downs and other such tracks.

No Horse Racing here!!

November 18th, 2009
2:09 pm

I’m absolutely against this idea. Racing is physically devasting to the horses and some of the practices could be considered mistreatment. I’ll certainly skip the track if this comes to town. Bring in the casinos!!

Paul

November 18th, 2009
2:09 pm

I might be wrong but I thought that when they voted in the lottery, there was was a change in the Georgia constitution to ban paramutual betting in the state. That was a part of the behind the scenes dealing to get the lottery okayed. The horsemen backed the lottery and then got stabbed in the back.

Mel Torme

November 18th, 2009
2:10 pm

If Georgia can’t pass Sunday liquor laws, then what makes you think the horse gambling will even get on the docket? It’s all a smokescreen, I am for horse racing, but GA is so backward thinking it woun’t pass!

Aaron Gould Sheinin

November 18th, 2009
2:21 pm

Paul, I was just reading about that in our archives. According to our story back then, the horsemen say then-Gov. Zell Miller told them if they backed the lottery and waited a few years he’d back horse racing. When the time came, they said, he wouldn’t take their calls. Miller later denied that he agreed to any deal and said he always thought horse racing would compete with the lottery.

jay

November 18th, 2009
2:25 pm

Pennsylvania has a few tracks, and a few years ago had to get a ballot passed to allow slots because the tracks can not support them selfs. So they are putting in abunch of slots where most of the money the state gets goes to support the tracks. Yea a real money maker….

Angel Cordero says

November 18th, 2009
2:26 pm

“Alpharetta Downs…..The Saratoga of the South”

Aaron Gould Sheinin

November 18th, 2009
2:29 pm

Nice. Saratoga is a beautiful place.

wirelessg

November 18th, 2009
2:48 pm

Usually I would say that this doesn’t have a snowball’s chance, but the economic environment being what it is, all bets are off (pun intended). The perfect spot, both politically and economically would be in South Fulton off Camp Creek Pkwy or the South Fulton Pkwy. Close enough to Atlanta to bring patrons, but not the population density for large opposition based on existing residential homes. How about a gubernatorial candidate that supports Sunday alcohol sales and horse racing? …AND Down the stretch they come….

trafficman

November 18th, 2009
2:56 pm

WAKE UP GEORGIA! Georgia is getting beat to death by Mississippi( Casinos) Florida( Horse, Dog, Poker rooms and Indian Casinos). We have a river that is under utilized with abandoned warehouses and dilapidated houses.
Build a river walk, pedestrian only faciltity, develop the adjacent land for Casinos and Boardwalks and you will have every major Casino developer and operator pay the cost to build the property. The shows and entertainment will make Atlanta a DESTINATION city once again.

The taxes generated would be enormous and erase the debts created by our representatives.

Move forward With Wise and Frugal spending. Desperate Times call for a New Way of Thinking.

John

November 18th, 2009
3:04 pm

If they put a horse track down by the Airport it is sure to fail.

Aaron Gould Sheinin

November 18th, 2009
3:09 pm

John, why do you think that is?

Animal Lover

November 18th, 2009
3:17 pm

Let’s not make money off of cruelty to animals! I’m not against betting/gambling, but not at the expense of the health and well being of an animal. And, to anyone who says horse racing is safe and not harmful to the horses, must not have watched when Eight Belles was Euthanized ON THE TRACK after she finished second in the KY derby. I am not a crazy PETA member. I’m just a human with a soul who was horrified and vowed never to watch racing after that. We can make money other ways. Let’s not make money when things with less power than us suffer.

casinomike

November 18th, 2009
3:18 pm

Here we go again. STATE OF GEORGIA and all of you bible thumping morons. Let the rest of the state be heard. It is time Georgia to join the Union and let the people decide on what we want in our lives. Mr. Perdue, your time in office is almost up, I hope the next Gov. will understand what is needed in 2010. West Atlanta is perfect for a gaming district. Ol’ Shirley wanted to build a park at the Vulcan plant. What if we tear it all down and the let the tax revenue start pouring in. And….conventions, which means more and more businesses coming to our wonderful, beautiful state. More business, more people, more homes, shopping centers, yes traffic, but more revenue to build the roads (see outer perimeter). Please I beg our “elected” officials. Wake Up, look around, and lets join our great union and let the people choose!

matchtuff

November 18th, 2009
3:32 pm

Correction Alabama tried and has horseracing and “bingo”(gambling) in Shorter AL and Wetumpka. Can we please cut the Governors and State Congressmen pay today to help the budget. Also a tax on all CEO’s and senior management of companies would help. Those making over 200k at profit/non profits need less money now and need more taxes(lol).

TheCircleH

November 18th, 2009
3:34 pm

Horse racing and betting is entertainment and a great source of revenue for the state. By the way, same goes for Poker.

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Agree with trafficman......

November 18th, 2009
3:45 pm

What a great idea! Miss, Fla. and Cherokee,NC are thriving off of Georgians. People are gonna gamble if they so chose, so why not here.Using the river is a grand idea!oh, by the way…. I’m pretty sure Iv’e seen Jerry Luquire at the tables before!

jessica

November 18th, 2009
3:48 pm

I like trafficman’s idea, but here we go again with the fake out of the republicans. They always have some gimmick when it comes to election time and it never materialize. They use the ploy to get into office and do nothing from then on; remember the flag and the illegal immigrant scheme. People in the south are so gullible. I was born and raised in Georgia, what a waste this state is; I will not fall for the banana in the tail pipe again.

timthebrave

November 18th, 2009
4:07 pm

Horse racing is a start but we really need to put a casino in underground atlanta. It’s legal to gamble in georgia if the money goes to the government run lottery but it is unethical to gamble otherwise. Also legal to drink on Sunday but illegal to buy it at a store. Sounds very hypocritical to me. Casino…Casino….casino…

Aaron Gould Sheinin

November 18th, 2009
4:10 pm

Banana in the tailpipe! Great quote.

Abbysenia

November 18th, 2009
4:14 pm

Another Kentuckian posted and I’m now putting my input in. Horse racing will probably NOT be big bucks for Georgia. It works in Kentucky because it’s part of our culture and heritage for well over 200yrs! However, even with that the sport is slowly dying. Kentucky also a conservative state is losing gambler to Indiana and Illinois which allow casino gambling on the river. In other states that have horse racing and casino gambling it has allowed them to strengthen their purses. Races and horses are LEAVING Kentucky because the purses aren’t big enough and because the state REFUSES to do anything about it. Horse racing like car racing is generally a sport for the rich. 1. You have own a lot of land to raise your horse. 2. You have to have a lot of money to feed your horse and tend for your horse. 3. You have to afford riders and trainers. 4. You generally are buying your horses at auction which can go into the millions. If any of these piece falls apart then you loose your investment! The people that bet aren’t that hurt from loosing or winning… However, overall, I fail to see how allow races in Georgia would do the state any good OR bad. It may not be good for the industry…as it will increase competition in an already competitive industry that has FEW users(customers). What’s the average age of people in the industry users and providers? I would wager to say about 45-50!

timthebrave

November 18th, 2009
4:18 pm

We can always dream what it would be like to not have a seperation of religion and state. Somebody once had that plan before….where was it??? If I only had a education and wasn’t an elected official I might know where that came from….hmmmmmmm….

Mr. Ed

November 18th, 2009
4:57 pm

Neigghhhh!!! Please don’t ride me at the race track. It hurts my back!!

Glenn

November 18th, 2009
5:02 pm

I think horse racing could make it in Atlanta . I agree with John that the airport area would be a lousy location . Just not an area where people would want to spend any time . That being said with recreation in Atlanta as limited as it is I think it would be sustainable . I went to the Breeders Cup a a couple of years back in Chicago . It was an absolute blast . That being said , outside the triple crown it does seem like the sport is suffering . Also, I don’t know how OTB’s would be accepted .

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Denise

November 18th, 2009
5:04 pm

I say forget the horse’s and bring in Casino’s. It would bring huge job growth, and help all of Georgia’s economy. To all the Bible thumpers, at least if I spend time in a Casino, I’ll get a free dinner. I’ve never heard the Bible to that or create jobs? Gee, how much does the “Church” pay for taxes, what jobs does the “Church” bring? Nothing. I say throw away religion, and Bible thumpers go away so I can feed my family.

Base

November 18th, 2009
5:11 pm

Another scam on the public by the politicians.Look at the pork barrel at the lottery.No to other gambling.

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Jon

November 18th, 2009
5:37 pm

Another month of revenue shortfalls and they will legalize prostitution.

dagnabit

November 18th, 2009
6:11 pm

Gambling is an evil part of our society . Alcohol should be banned from this state . Traffic patterns would clear right up if women lost the right to drive. Or if we men took it. Barefoot and pregnant again. Let’s go back.

The Geek

November 18th, 2009
6:35 pm

Enter your comments here Where will they get the horses and purse money from ?

The Geek

November 18th, 2009
6:36 pm

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Gee Red !!

November 18th, 2009
7:14 pm

The comments here leave much to consider . Of all comments, those of “Denise” should attract most attention and demand answers.

Does the Bible create jobs? Of course it does. Think of all the printers and bookbinders employed in printing the good book. Unfortunately, all those jobs will eventually be outsourced to Christian countries such as Malaysia, Pakistan, Indonesia, etc. etc. In fact, maybe they are printing them now – because the Bible is not copyrighted.

How much do churches pay in taxes? Well, let me see: it must be …………….Oh! They are tax exempt – no matter how great the profits. And God knows, religion is a profitable business.

Church created jobs? Well, of course, ……………….eh…ah, when they spend all that money to build new churches. That creates jobs. So, all we need do to stimulate Georgia’s economy is to BUILD MORE CHURCHES.

Did you say, “Hard to pay for the new churches?” Good comment. Ah! Got it – BINGO!!! It is not gambling if it is for God – is it?

Listen to Denise.

Preston

November 18th, 2009
7:19 pm

legalize all gambling. casinos, horce and dog tracks, the whole nine yards. the sunday alcohol sales won’t pass because every town, city, and county are making too much money from DUI’s because people can go to the bars and drink all they want on sundays. makes sense right? stupid ass old laws that the politicians won’t change.

Preston

November 18th, 2009
7:23 pm

here’s an idea…….let the citizens vote on it. oh that’s right, they know more about what’s best for us than we do for ourselves. that’s why they’ll take over our health care soon too. let’s vote all these bums out and get some new people with modern day ideals in there.

Bob P

November 18th, 2009
7:30 pm

Let’em Run. God I am sick of driving to Ala. and giving them some of my money. Or doing it online where no one gets anything except the site. I watch horseracing on TVG 20-30 hours a week. Sure would be nice if I could see it live. I have been to some 20 to 25 horse tracks across the U.S. and they are some of the greatest venues I have ever visited. And for the guy who talks about it failing in Alabama, guess what, its Alabama. If it ain’t dogs, they don’t like racing. I would like to think people in Ga. have a little more class than that. GO BABY GO!
If seeing Zenyatta run last week in the Classic didn’t give you a rush, your not a fan.

mike bradley

November 18th, 2009
8:34 pm

I own and race horses and I live in Geoergia, but have to send my horses to West Virginia to race them. This would bring billions of dollar into this state and it sure would give the economy a good shot in the arm. Right now we need jobs and money coming into this state. This would be a great thing for Georgia.

CAJUNCOCKER

November 18th, 2009
8:43 pm

Does anyone know where and when they are having meeting or forums to discuss this? I would certainly like to attend as this is great. Billions of dallars is being lost in Georgia as the other states around are reaping benefits from racing while we sit on our hands and let it be kept out of this great state. I have thoroughbreds and race and would love for this to happen.

CAJUNCOCKER

November 18th, 2009
8:50 pm

Where could I go to a meeting where they will be discussing this? I am fully in favor of this , this is great news for the state.

jabster

November 18th, 2009
9:50 pm

Ask Birmingham how that worked out for them.

SunflowerPipes

November 18th, 2009
10:27 pm

In this the land of the free is seems a bit up surd that smoking a glass pipe and getting a little high are illegal. Forgoing the many reasons that smoking pipes should legal what is one good reason it should not? There are no deaths from pot use, there are no profound health affects and there is no evidence of severe emotional trauma. The only profound effect as I see it is the government having to admit its error and reveal that it has propagated a negative falsehood on the American public. Its time America grows up and becomes an adult, we should be responsible for our own choices not the law.
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rastaman

November 18th, 2009
10:47 pm

I was thinking of moving to FL next year but if there is hope for horse racing in GA I will stay,if not, I am getting the hell out of GA

Kevrock/Smarty Jones

November 18th, 2009
10:48 pm

Common Sense does not apply to Georgia…Georgia though the capital of the deep south…It’s also the most backward…No way will it pass…Just grandstanding as usual. BUT for GA to get horseracing it makes total sense and would be a stop on the Eastern Coast.

Gee Red !!

November 19th, 2009
1:05 am

I forgot – there is horseracing in Georgia. Steeplechasing is conducted a couple of times a year. Meets are over by Rome and at Callaway Gardens. Pretty sure a bit of gambling goes on at those races. It may not be government controlled pari-mutuel, but a good Bookie beats that all the way.

So there is gambling on horse races in GEORGIA. Has anyone heard roars or thunderous blasts from God during the Meets? I’ll bet he doesn’t give a hoot.

Michelle

November 19th, 2009
7:51 am

I hope when horse racing is passed and we see more horse farms sprout up and property values rise in Georgia, legislators will look at requiring all churches to pay property and school taxes as the rest of us have to do.

Aaron Gould Sheinin

November 19th, 2009
9:20 am

Cajuncocker, there is not yet another meeting scheduled on the issue and probably won’t be until at least January once the Legislature reconvenes.

Gene

November 19th, 2009
7:52 pm

The House Panel should allow for BOTH Parimutuel Horse/Dog Racing Wagering AND Class III Casino Gaming (Las Vegas Type Gaming except for Sports Book) on the Same Property, Similar to Gulfstream Park in Broward County Florida and let the Georgia Lottery Commission Regulate This (let the gaming properties pay for resources for regulations) and only allow 4-6 Permits Statewide.. This will be a good thing for Georgia..

Bob P

November 19th, 2009
9:51 pm

Hey Jabster, people in Alabama aren’t smart enough to bet on horse racing, that’s the reason dog racing has been so successful. TOO many things for them to handicap.

Nate Pearce

November 20th, 2009
6:26 am

Hi guys – this sounds an awful lot like the debate over gambling raging in Europe, where some countries are very liberal (such as the UK) and others are extremely strict (Greece, Holland etc). If you want to learn some more check out http://www.right2bet.co.uk

Thanks!

Paul Pope

November 20th, 2009
7:58 am

What a great idea taxing churches propeties, they buy and sell and invest and avoid property taxes and like Woodstock Baptist and other large churches pay their preachers millions of $$$, if Georgia doesn’t allow horse racing, tax the church.

gulfstream george

November 23rd, 2009
6:37 pm

There is already a horse track in Georgia.. Kingston Downs in Cartersville.. They run a steplechase race there every year.. It draws about 5,000 people every year.. It is a wonderful event, bring it on for a month every year.. Lots of money for the state and jobs for the people of Georgia.. It’s a win win… place or show wager…

susan b

November 23rd, 2009
11:40 pm

horseracing may not put money into the state but it would employ many people not just trainers, grooms, vets etc. think of the grandstand employees needed as well such as mutuals, waitstaff, cooks, custodians, valets. anyone willing to build a track i am sure would make sure it would be a beautiful facility which would draw many tourists and horsemen which would then put people in empty hotels and restaurants. add to that the excitement of the sport. as for the religious, didnt they race their horses to and from church years ago which was the beginning of harness racing?

Danny O

November 24th, 2009
12:35 pm

This is an intriguing proposal. I think that the citizens of Georgia have little taste for slot-machine filled casinos. But there may be tolerance for less seedy, skill-based types of gambling such as horse racing and poker. Poker, racing, and jai alai certainly have not turned Florida into a Devil’s playground and I think it’s worth considering here.

Competition with the Georgia lottery is a legitimate concern. Policymakers may want to ensure that some revenue from new legalized betting get directed to education. Otherwise, HOPE and pre-K will wind up in a big hole very quickly. And no politican wants to tell parents that the scholarships are drying up.

Ken

November 26th, 2009
2:39 pm

I am a current owner of race horese now. My horese now race in NY. I live In South Carolina. I will move to Ga and race in Ga If they get a race track. That would be Great! I Sure hope this will pass!!

Luis Collazo

December 1st, 2009
3:02 pm

I make few runs to Alabama and Kentucky to bet on the horses via simulcasting. Yes please build a track in the I-75 corridor south of Atlanta. Some of the snow birds from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio going to FLA would most likely stop to watch the races since horse racing is legal in those states. Also there are a lot of transplants from those states and from the Eastern states who live here and would love to bet on the horses. Hope the bible stumpers will come to their senses. They most likely buy life insurance and play the stock market. That is also gambling to me. GO BABY GO!!! and off to the races in beautiful “Peachtree Downs”

Charmaine

December 13th, 2009
12:17 pm

I moved from Florida to GA. I love to bet the horses. I played the horses all over but was surprised that GA did not have a race track nor an off track betting location. I believe that I will relocate since GA does not encourage gambling. I love to gamble because it takes my mind off things and helps me to relax. Besides if the state of GA had a race track the economy would be more prosperous. There would be more money poring into the city and it would give the citizens another activity to do. I sure hope the bill passes.

vince rea

December 27th, 2009
12:05 pm

Grow up Georgia. We have two of the most traveled interstates in the country. Filled with people going to OTHER states. Give them a reason to stop. Casinos,golf courses,places to eat and stay,etc.. All this relates to jobs, revenue and a much better standard of living for the entire stste. Legalize gambling for fun and amusement.

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Krazza

January 9th, 2010
8:54 pm

Georgia already has hundreds & hundreds of thoroughbred horses in training, as mentioned by a few they train here but race in other states. So to put the slant on it being cruel to horses, sorry you are many many years too late. Wake up. Some probably are bred, raised and trained less then 5 miles from where you live. Yes go for a drive and open your eyes.

A racing industry in GA would thrive, we already are rich in equestrian knowledge and expertise. Do Georgians already gamble on horses? Sure they do, but the cash generated leaves our Neanderthal state,

Wake up Georgia the world is floating away.

Go you good thing!

willie g at yur service

January 27th, 2010
11:05 am

sonny perdue, there is no state tax in florida,why, BECAUSE THERE IS DOG TRACKS, AND HORSE TRACKS, INCOME GALORE,GET WITH THE 29TH CENTURY AND PUT A HORSE OR DOG TRACK IN GEORGIA , WE TAKE OUR MONEY TO OTHER STATES LIKE TEXAS, FLORIDA , ALABAMA WHEN WE COULD LEAVE IT IN GEORGIA , DO THIS ,DO SOMETHING RIGHT BEFORE YOU LEAVE OFFICE, GEORGIA NEEDS THIS

Ed Gadrix

March 18th, 2010
9:50 am

As Preisident of the Georgia Equine Education Project (GEEP) our ourganization is the one behind the horseracing legislation. And I am the registered lobbyist at the Capitol. We need your help if you want to see it pass. Contact me at ewgadrix@earthlink.net or404-729-1961. But there’s no time for chit chat. Be prepared to contact some legislators for us. Time is short and we’re real close to accomplishing our goal—horseracing in Georgia

Alpahretta Steve

May 15th, 2010
10:17 pm

Now why would anyone think the legislature to do what the people would want?

4horseracing

June 5th, 2010
5:29 pm

Why don’t we put it to a vote and let the people of Georgia decide? Since when is it up to the politicians to decide when we should vote on something? It’s time we all took a stand and make the politicians work for us and not just special interest groups with money! Horse racing and horse tracks WILL bring in needed revenue…it’s a fact!
Why don’t the politicians of this state wake up and do something positive that people actually want!