Local racing industry in line for a revival

  • Article by: MIKE KASZUBA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 9, 2012 - 7:52 PM

The political jockeying that effectively ended racino efforts is a boon for Canterbury Park.

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rshacklefordJun. 8, 1210:37 PM

Such a wonderful turn of events courtesy of the Mdewakanton Sioux! Saving the MN horse industry. Very honorable.

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asmithe2Jun. 9, 12 1:21 AM

This is a perfect example of compromise where each side gives something, each side gets something and decade old problems are solved. The Legislature could learn a thing or two from the two sides in this.

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tpsmkemkJun. 9, 12 1:41 AM

The three issues that have plagued Canterbury since it opened have been 1) takeout on bets 2)solid purse structure for purses 3)ability to simulcast races throughout the state. In the past two months those issues have been resolved. Now the Minnesota horsemen have to breed better horses. Ones worth betting on. Canterbury is going to have to be more aggressive in developing regular horse players. They have 10 years to do what only 2 or 3 other racetracks have been able to do since the turn of the century.

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eddiegJun. 9, 12 5:47 AM

It's embarrassing for Dayton and Zellers to approach the Sioux in this manner. Both parties should have leaders capable of passing a racino bill in the first place. And the amount of money given to Canterbury is chump change to Mystic. There are two horse racing tracks in the Twin Cities: Canterbury and Running Aces. Is it criminal for government officials to broker a multimillion dollar deal on behalf of one of the tracks and not the other? To right this wrong, the Legislature should do something constructive (a huge stretch, I know) and allow the White Earth Tribe's proposal. Money from that proposal would help White Earth, the taxpayers who just got soaked for the Vikings new stadium, AND Running Aces. What they should do is pass a racino bill for Running Aces alone, but that won't happen until our elected leaders grow backbones.

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calbert4Jun. 9, 12 7:26 AM

Great article Mike. This shows to all Minnesotans how to work together for the good of all. The tribe had no reason to help the MINNESOTA horse industry. why should they? I like the person that said the money provided by the tribe is chump change, I didn't see any other group corporation or other entity ready to pony up for the cause. If the tribe didn't help the horsemen, who would? I hope the crazys out there will get off their high horse and focus on other random issue of importance.

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george13Jun. 9, 12 7:44 AM

tpsmkemk- It's only been 11 years since the turn of the century.

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asmithe2Jun. 9, 12 8:12 AM

If Running Aces had been built as anything but a holding place for a future casino, I'd have more sympathy. They went with buggy races because they knew the second Racino was approved, the horses would leave and the slots would come. Seems to me Running Aces went all in on a proposition bet and lost. When they start repaying all their patrons who lose, i have more sympathy.

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EOlson8798Jun. 9, 12 8:13 AM

Meanwhile, Canterbury Park and the Minnesota Legislature have thrown Running Aces under the bus to come up with this "compromise."

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briechersJun. 9, 12 8:27 AM

One entity bribes another to stop their lobbying for their right to a casino business of their own...nice compromise. Good grief.

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formergopJun. 9, 12 8:28 AM

More of the great buy off of politicians. I dont care who I vote for this November as long as its not tea party and if they are an incumbant. Time for the career politicians to end.

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