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Kentucky Heads Continue Push For Slots

Published: May 20, 2009 10:11 pm ET

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Kentucky's six leading tracks and the largest thoroughbred horsemen's association were represented in a press conference at Churchill Downs on Wednesday to garner support for House Speaker Greg Stumbo's legislation to bring slots to the racetracks.

"This has been talked about for some time," Keeneland Association president Nick Nicholson was quoted as saying in an article on "But we feel this proposal is better than previous proposals. We feel this is an idea whose time has come. We wanted to be crystal clear to everyone that this industry is unified as perhaps it's never been. We are in serious jeopardy, as we've perhaps never been. And if no action takes place, and we lose our racing circuit, and we lose the prominence of our Kentucky breeding industry, we did not want anyone in this state to be surprised.

"We felt it was appropriate that we as clearly as we possibly can, let everyone know the facts in this case and what we think the solution is that will end up being good for Kentucky and good for this industry that has been so good to Kentucky."

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