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WV horse racing industry to hold Tuesday news conference at Capitol

Charles Town, W.Va. – West Virginia’s thoroughbred racing industry and their legislative representatives will hold a news conference at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 1, in the Lew McManus Conference Room (RM 252), on the House side of the State Capitol (main floor) in Charleston to showcase the impact the horse racing industry has on the regions where it operates and the State of West Virginia.

Media are encouraged to attend.

There have been various pieces of legislation introduced during the legislative process that could negatively impact the horse racing industry. More than 5,300 people in Jefferson and Hancock Counties alone are employed by the industry.

Casino gaming was originally approved in referendum elections across the state based on the foundation principle of preserving/protecting live racing at the state’s tracks and green space used for the development/training/breeding of the animals.  Now those principals are being compromised and thousands of West Virginia jobs – as well as millions of dollars in local/state tax revenue – hang in the balance.

For additional information, contact Bryan Brown at (304) 546-5500 or [email protected].

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