Former Legislator, Dan Fuchs thinks it could be coming back and he joins us on Voices of Montana!
The Long Range Planning Committee for Metra Park has been asked to delay any plans to replace the horse race track until after the 2019 State Legislative Session, in the hope of passing legislation that could resurrect horse racing in Billings and elsewhere in the state.
And, last week, the Montana Board of Horse Racing unanimously supported proposed legislation brought to them by Dan Fuchs which would give them authority over pari -mutuel wagering of historical horse racing terminals, a relatively new approach to gambling which holds the potential of generating new revenue to support live horse racing in Montana.
Fuchs, a former Montana state legislator with a life-long passion for horse racing, will be monitoring the bill through the state legislature which he says will “level the playing field” for horse racing with video gaming machines. It was the advent of video gaming machines that brought about the decline in live horse racing in Montana.
The legislation which is being sought simply changes the definition of the HBOHR’s oversight authority.
Fuchs said that he has been talking to a wide-variety of business owners in Billings and other communities, gauging their support and it has been very enthusiastic. “People really want to see horse racing come back,” he said.
A new organization hopes to draw upon that enthusiasm to support and help fund promotional efforts. The Montana Racehorse Owners & Breeders Coalition has been formed and is raising money to hire an executive director to help lobby for the legislation.
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