Historic horse racing now up to voters

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Updated: Mon, 07 Apr 2014 05:27:16 CST

The historic horse racing bill is galloping out of the gates. The issue has passed the legislature and will now be on the November ballot. Lawmakers approved the amendment by a 30 to 17 vote. It needed 30 votes to pass.

Sponsor of the bill, Omaha Senator Scott Lautenbaugh filed a motion to reconsider approval, the measure was struck down last week, two votes short of passing.

The bill would allow wagering on the results of past horse races at licensed racetracks where live racing occurs. A machine would sift through a bank of thousands of historic races. But, the wager would not be able to identify the specific race.

Thoroughbred tracks across the state have voiced their support, including Grand Island's Fonner Park.