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California Thoroughbred Owners support deal

15 November 2007

CALIFORNIA -- As reported by the Desert Sun: "The 9,000-member Thoroughbred Owners of California has formally endorsed a set of historic Indian gaming deals the legislature made with four politically astute tribes in the state.

"Industry insiders describe the stand, announced Tuesday by the Coalition to Protect California's Budget and Economy, as unprecedented because it:

"Comes on the heels of a rigorous, costly and unsuccessful $20 million push by the entire industry for authorized slots at tracks and California card rooms.

"Pits the Thoroughbred owners against The Bay Meadows Land Co., which owns race tracks at Hollywood Park near Inglewood and Bay Meadows in San Mateo and as a longtime friend of organized labor joined the Unite HERE opposition campaign for referenda to defeat the compacts.

"...Al Lundeen, who manages No on the Unfair Gambling Deals, said he didn't think the endorsement will sway voters when they consider this is one of the largest expansions of gaming in the history of the state..."

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