Slots Revenue Revives Horse Racing in Maryland

Slots Revenue Revives Horse Racing in Maryland

In anticipation of this weekend's Belmont Stakes, and in honor of Triple Crown contender California Chrome's Maryland roots, Kojo explores how revenue from slot machine gambling has revived horse racing and breeding in Maryland.

In 2008, Maryland voters legalized slot machine gambling and channeled some of the proceeds to revive Maryland's storied but sagging horse racing industry. As a result, tens of millions of dollars a year now flow into racing purses and other incentives to breed and race horses in the state. But some still question whether state money should be spent on horse racing. As Triple Crown contender California Chrome-- who has Maryland roots--prepares for Saturday's Belmont Stakes, Kojo examines the economics of Maryland horse racing.

Guests

Vinnie Perrone

Freelance journalist

Thomas Bowman

Veterinarian, Past President of the Maryland Horse Breeders Association

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