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Intitial Montana racing meeting starts planning process

December 7, 2005     E-mail this page to a friend!

December 5, 2005

Dear Montana Racing Attendees:

I would like to once again thank you for taking the time to attend the initial Montana racing meeting held in Helena on Friday, December 2

It was a good discussion and some ideas were suggested that would help generate more money for the Montana horse racing industry. This is a business as well as a passion for many of us, and to sit back and watch it slowly fade away is not acceptable. I believe all of you realize that the timing of this meeting is critical to the development of ideas and a plan of attack for the next legislature.

No idea is a bad one. We must be willing to work together to accomplish one goal. And that is to bring back an industry and give it the funding needed to compete with other forms of entertainment. We know the question: How do we improve racing in Montana? And. we know the answer: Increase the funding to the tracks, horsemen, and breeders. Now, how do we do it?

I believe it’s important for all of us to think of some possible solutions. To remember that it is going to take compromise by everyone involved to develop something that can be used to change the direction that this industry has been going for the past 4 or 5 years. Models of change and growth are available in other racing jurisdictions. We need to build our own and set it in motion.

Below, I have listed a few of the ideas that were talked about on Friday. If you have any others, email them to me or Topper or, if you don’t have access to a computer, jot them down and mail them. Over the next 4 to 6 weeks, we will collect the ideas and then send another mailing to keep you informed.

I want to stress the point that we need everyone’s input. At the same time, we need more and more people to get involved. I would like to add names to the mail list so we can continue to grow and hopefully be prepared to gather more support as the next legislature rolls around.

Thanks again.
Tom Tucker, Manager
Montana Simulcast Partners

Some Ideas
1. Slot machines at each of the race tracks.
2. Cooperative effort with Native American tribes in regards to a casino or casinos
3. Tap into the tourism or economic development funds for the state of Montana.
4. One casino in Montana to support racing.
5. Get a portion of the poker machine money or add ˝ % take on the poker machines.