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Horse racing coming to Georgia?

Recently, [State of Georgia] Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Brandon Beach said he believes Georgia needs to expand its presence in the equine industry by developing a horse-racing business. Lawmakers in past years have proposed “racino” legislation, which would allow slot machines or other gambling to take place at the racetrack in addition to horse racing.
This year, Beach said the legislation is focused specifically on horse racing in an attempt to cash in on the 80,000 horses that he says travel from Florida facilities, including Tampa Bay Downs, to Kentucky’s Keeneland Racecourse.
“We need to be in the equine industry,” the Alpharetta Republican said. “There’s more to it than racing. There’s horse farms and hay farms and breeding and auctions.”
Beach, who recently announced plans to run for the 6th Congressional District seat, said he envisions a racetrack with a mix of uses similar to the Atlanta Braves’ SunTrust Park that would be a boon for the economy in Middle and South Georgia. 


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