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Article: Horse racing fades in Kentucky; supporters envy other states where casinos supplement tracks – The Washington Post

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Horse racing fades in Kentucky; supporters envy other states where casinos supplement tracks – The Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/horse-racing-fades-in-kentucky-supporters-envy-other-states-where-casinos-supplement-tracks/2012/03/23/gIQA0m5PWS_story.html

While tracks in other states have parlayed casino gambling into higher purses, Kentucky lawmakers have resisted allowing such a move. Everyone from breeders to railbirds worries that it will eventually render the home of American horse racing an also-ran.

Even storied Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby, has felt the pressure.

The Louisville track offers a few nights of live racing, drawing three times the typical race day crowds. It has reduced racing days in its spring meet in a gambit to keep purses competitive with tracks where casino operations boost racing prizes. Between 2000 and 2008, the famed track had at least 52 racing days in the spring session; this year it will have 39. But Churchill still struggles to fill some race cards with big fields that attract more betting, track president Kevin Flanery said recently.

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