Minnesota Racing Commission to take up Canterbury-casino deal

  • Article by: TONY KENNEDY , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 6, 2012 - 6:41 AM

Racing Commission is to hold a special meeting next Wednesday.

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neptune1Jun. 5, 1211:36 PM

What an insidious partnership. Canterbury should be ashamed of itself. It's time that we get the tribes out of state politics and expose any legislator who is taking tribal money for his/her vote.

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imakemflyJun. 6, 12 3:09 AM

Once again our state is bribed / bought off by the Tribes to prevent any state run casinos.

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rwoodyJun. 6, 12 5:48 AM

Need to check your dictionary neptune 1. This partnership could only be termed as 'insidious' if it were deemed to be not subtle or harmful; none of those is true. The partnership is above board and not subtle in any way; Canterbury is a public company so the agreement is open to anyone that wants to look at it. Whether it is harmful can only be determined in years to come but all facts point to mutual benefits for both parties... and the public with the guaranteed growth of the ag industry supporting horse racing; which can only help rural Minnesota.

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bearcatbbJun. 6, 12 6:37 AM

I couldn't agree more neptune1. We need state gambling at the tracks and our own state run casino. I also want to know who is getting the payoffs to oppose it. Our family won't be going to the track anymore.

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formergopJun. 6, 12 7:08 AM

We want a casino. No deals to buy off politicians and keeping the tribes monopoly on gambling.

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larrymickJun. 6, 12 7:26 AM

"I can't see anyone opposing it,'' said Kevin Leecy, whose tribe owns Fortune Bay Resort Casino. - Really?

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wingophersJun. 6, 12 7:52 AM

Those who have the "gold" usually rule and the Tribe have the "gold". Simple economics.

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onewhoknows1Jun. 6, 12 8:15 AM

Just goes to show how selfish Mystic Lake is! They been paying off and bribing for years so they can have ALL the money from gambling. Only for the "right tiered" people to get bigger checks! Aren't they getting enough, I have actually talked to many that are in the "right tier" and they all say they have more money than they need and some actually share what they get with others, some flaunt what they get and charter their own planes to go to Vegas or have huge parties etc. What our ancestors did years ago, it over and done with! Let’s move past this and actually start having state run casinos so EVERYONE in the state can get some benefit from them! It's time we put our foot down and do what is best for the whole state of Minnesota, not just the tribes of Minnesota!

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bskaarJun. 6, 12 8:30 AM

Why should it be up to Canterbury to continue to fight a losing battle for Racino at its own expense? Without this agreement, five years from now, there is still no state run casino and Canterbury Park is closed. What does that accomplish? I don't understand all the negative feelings toward Canterbury when it should be directed at the legislators who would never even give Racino a vote?

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wuolletcJun. 6, 12 8:50 AM

bskaar is right on. Canterbury was fighting a losing battle, and the track is in survival mode. Canterbury would have been forced to close its doors before a racino would have been approved. This agreement not only keeps Canterbury open, but much improves the quality of racing. I have total faith in the Sampsons. If Randy Sampson thinks this a good agreement, that's good enough for me!

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