At yesterday’s Campbell County Commissioners meeting, the commissioners had consideration on horse racing and pari-mutuel wagering. Campbell County Commissioner Dan Coolidge gives a brief review of that subject and talks about what is new with the consideration.
“You know, here about two months ago, we approved off-track betting and historical betting, (and) simulcast betting from a company (who will) come into Gillette and do that. Their intent is to get this established, and then the revenue that’s created from that operation, they would eventually role into live horseracing at Camplex.”
Coolidge said all the commissioners were fine with approving that consideration, but now there is a second off- track betting company that wants similar consideration. Coolidge talks about the potential for that to complicate the issue.
“Their intent, at least in the distant future, would not be to-- they operate Wyoming Downs in Evanston-- so their intent would not be to have live horse racing here at Camplex. So we are a little concerned about that -- that the competition may take some of those dollars away that would be allocated to eventual live horse racing at Camplex. But on the other side of that, we don’t want, necessarily-- we don’t think-- it’s our role to only offer it to one company. We think the competition is good, and we don’t feel like we could limit it to just one company.”
The commissioners decided yesterday to table the request. They will gather more information to process; and then at the December 3rd Campbell County Commissioners meeting, they will reconsider approval of the new operation.
“The additional jobs it might create, and the tax revenues that are associated with that off-track betting would still flow into the city and county. So, from that stand point, it would still be good for the community. It just may—potentially, it may -- hinder the ability to have live horse racing at Camplex.”