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Texas Track's Future Depends on VLTs

2 December 2004

TEXAS – As reported by the Thoroughbred Times: "A return to live racing for shuttered Texas racetrack Bandera Downs and the survival of the state's existing tracks could be jeopardy if the state does not pass legislation to add video lottery terminals gambling, according to officials with Bandera Downs.

"Chris Elliott, one of two Texas businessmen who purchased Bandera Downs for $1.2-million in June, said the facility could be transformed into a rodeo arena, a venue for special events, and a training center if the state does not allow VLTs at the state's racetracks.

Elliott also stated that Lone Star Park, Sam Houston Race Park, and Retama Park could face a bleak future without slots due to the growing number of casinos in neighboring states…"

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