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Bill for Simulcast Fund for Dog Racing Killed

22 March 2002

COLORADO – As reported by Thoroughbred Times: "A bill that would have split significant amounts of money brought in from simulcasting between purses for dog racing and horse racing has been killed in the Colorado state legislature.

"House Bill 1354 was killed by Senator Stephanie Takis (D-Aurora), who sponsored the legislation, after being overwhelmed with pressure from lobbyists representing the horse racing industry, the Denver Post reports.

"Approximately 60 horse owners came to Denver to oppose the bill, which was due to be heard in the Senate Business, Labor, and Finance Committee. The Colorado Horse Racing Association's Shannon Rushton said more than half those individuals had signed up to testify before the committee.

"…Rushton said the horse racing industry was concerned the simulcast signals would be turned off completely if racing interests outside Colorado knew that the money generated from those races was being used for dog racing purses…"

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