Group voices support for horse racing, increased gambling

'Retama Park to the Capitol' to lobby Texas legi­slators for video slot machines at horse tracks


A bus full of people is heading to Austin on Tuesday morning to support horse racing and increased gambling opportunities in Texas.

The group is called 'Retama Park to the Capitol'. Lobbying legislators for video lottery machines, also known as slots at the horse tracks, will be on the group's agenda.  

Some people think it’s a great idea if gambling profits go to good use.

“It would be great if it goes toward education and help buy books and maybe pay for teachers," said Don Nelson, who is from Maryland.

“The kids need a lot of help. A lot of these programs, music programs, they’re cutting them and they don’t know how good it’s benefitting the kids," said San Antonian Patricia Bass.

Others believe legalizing video gambling would just do more harm than good.

“There’s lots of venues where you can throw your money away. One more venue to throw your money away, I don’t think we need that,” said Jay Gitter.

"I find it boring and not worth throwing your money at and losing," said Ray George. "I don't think it would help the state."

Retama Park Race Track recently went into the hands of a casino company on the gamble that legislation of this type will pass this year.

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