Interesting developments in California, will be interesting to see how this shakes out. California racing is important to the industry, and the changes to the fair meets could be significant.
San Diego Reader | Jerry Brown’s Horse Race
The election isn’t until 2014, but Democratic governor Jerry Brown is already out raising money for his reelection campaign. Recent donors include beer-making giant Anheuser-Busch, with a $25,900 donation on January 28, and the California Academy of Eye Physicians & Surgeons PAC, with $17,500 on February 3. Then there is the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, operator of the famous track here, with $5000 on January 30, and the Thoroughbred Owners of California PAC, with an address in Del Mar, which kicked in $15,000 on February 3.
What makes the timing of the latter two contributions of interest is a recently reported lobbying campaign by the cities of Del Mar and Solana Beach regarding four possible upcoming Brown appointments. As governor, Brown enjoys a big role in shaping the ultimate fate of the racing emporium, and political and horse-racing observers note that controversial plans to sell the state-owned fairgrounds, where the track is located, to the two cities have gone nowhere since Brown became governor.