The push was on early and throughout 2015 to bring pari-mutuel wagering - specifically in the form of Thoroughbred racing - to Georgia.
Dean Reeves, who campaigned 2013 Breeders' Cup Classic winner Mucho Macho Man, leads the Georgia Horse Racing Coalition's efforts and even though the legislature in the Peach State didn't legalize pari-mutuel betting this year he continues the effort today.
Reeves, who serves as president of the coalition and is CEO of Reeves Contracting in his native state, talked with TIHR's Tom Law in late January about the group's efforts and it was our 14th most read story of the year. Among Reeves' candid comments was his take on the biggest obstacle the effort faced.
"The hardest part is getting it to the floor of the House and the Senate," he said. "I don't think there are enough groups out there, whether religious or animal rights or anything, we just have not had that kind of impact. I'm sure some of them will come to the hearings, but at the end of the day that's just not going to carry that much weight. We already have the lottery here in Georgia. It's not like we're bringing something new and saying, 'good gracious we don't have gambling.' We do. It's a huge deal. It becomes political. These politicians, first and foremost, are concerned about getting reelected. ..."
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