So big a crowd it spilled outside, hundreds strong tried to convince lawmakers to pass video lottery terminals at the tracks. A governor..and a former governor led the charge.
“We must preserve the heritage of some 100,000 jobs, a $ 4 billion dollar industry,” said former Governor Brereton Jones.
Even jockey Calvin Borel..who won the Derby, the Oaks and Preakness showed up to show his support for more gaming options in the state he says he wants to race in the most.
“This is the Kentucky Derby place. This is the Super Bowl (of horse racing)…got to keep it here,” said Borel.
Hours later the gaming debate continued in a House committee meeting, where leading Democrats say they have a plan to use some of the gaming proceeds to build brand new schools.
“We have children going to schools, 40 to 50 to 60 years old. Buildings that need to be replaced,” said House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg.
But those against the VLT’s, say don’t be so quick to promise education will benefit from gaming proceeds.
“For years Kentuckians asked ‘whatever happened to the lottery money?’ And we didn’t have an answer,” said Martin Cothran of ‘Say No To Casinos.’