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Coalition Unveils Georgia Racetrack Plan

Published: January 19, 2016 12:13 pm ET

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On Monday, January 19, the Georgia Horse Racing Coalition unveiled its vision for a new racetrack that would include adjacent areas for residential and commercial undertakings.

As an article by The Augusta Chronicle explains, horse racing is currently legal in the state, but betting on them is not.

Separate pieces of legislation in regard to wagering on horse racing are currently in the legislature, and if the bills are ultimately passed, the issue could be addressed by voters via a ballot question.

The coalition’s vision, as it is currently viewed, would require 250 acres. The group has said that the proposed undertaking does not yet have a location, but the The Augusta Chronicle article states that the location would likely be in metro Atlanta.

The coalition has stated that its ‘aspirational goal is to reinvent Thoroughbred racing through this transformational project’ and that ‘Georgia racing will set the course for the future.’

“Our goal is to reinvent horse racing by combining a race track with a mixed-use development and park to create the ultimate fan experience at no expense to taxpayers,” the coalition’s president, Dean Reeves, has said. Reeves is also the owner of the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner, Mucho Macho Man.

(With files from The Augusta Chronicle)


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