#Kentucky Horse Industry
The Commonwealth of Kentucky
United States of America

The Kentucky Derby is a day when the Commonwealth shines. Nobody does it better than Kentucky, but now that the Mint Julep glasses are put away and the celebrities have gone home, Kentuckians may be surprised to learn that the industry which puts on the greatest two minutes in sports is in trouble.

Over 100,000 people in Kentucky depend on the success of the Horse industry for their livelihoods. These jobs and their economic impact are vital to the future of the Commonwealth.

Due to expanded gaming, racetracks in Indiana, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Florida, Louisiana and other states have substantially increased their race purses. As a result, owners, trainers, horses and the jobs that are associated with them are leaving. It has left Kentucky’s racing industry struggling for its life. Race days have been cancelled and Kentucky racetracks are on the verge of closing. Kentucky Horse racing, the home of the Derby, is on the verge of meltdown.

Politicians in Frankfort have brushed this problem under the table for years, while jobs, and tax dollars have left for other states. If Frankfort doesn’t fix the problem
soon, Kentucky will lose its signature industry.

By allowing slot machines only at Kentucky’s Horse Tracks, Kentucky leaders will allow the Horse Industry to:

* Become competitive with the surrounding states by increasing purses and return high quality racing to the Commonwealth.

* Direct new money to fund education which could bring upwards of $80 million in the first year alone.

We, the undersigned, fully support the effort to bring video lottery terminals to Kentucky racetracks. Allowing video lottery terminals at the tracks will increase revenue for the horse racing and breeding industry, non-race breeds, and the state of Kentucky.

Horse racing and breeding, Kentucky’s signature industry, provides one hundred thousand jobs for Kentuckians and billions of dollars for our economy. Due to competition from our neighboring states, racing and breeding in Kentucky is in jeopardy.

We respectfully request that the General Assembly respond to our urgent need and save Kentucky’s racing and breeding industry.

The We Support the Horse Racing and Breeding Industry In Kentucky! petition to The Commonwealth of Kentucky was written by Anonymous and is in the category Gaming at GoPetition.