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Young Horseman Pleads To Governor

Published: June 27, 2011 4:49 pm ET

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According to a report, trainer Homer Hochstetler's son, driver Jay Hochstetler, has been calling the office of Illinois Governor Pat Quinn every day trying to get him to sign the proposed state gaming expansion, bill SB 744, under its current form.

If the Governor signs off on the legislation as is, racetracks in the state would be eligible to become racinos and give the horse racing industry and state a massive shot in the arm.

An article by eNews Park Forest explains that Hochstetler is basing his pro-racino push on facts regarding agricultural impact, across-the-board revenue and jobs.

Governor Quinn is taking time to mull the bill, and has gone on the record recently as saying that the massive gaming expansion is over the top.

“If [Gov. Quinn] doesn’t sign it, horse racing is done in Illinois,” the young driver was quoted as saying.

(With files from eNews Park Forest)

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