Lebanon Raceway in Ohio is on the ropes. According to a USTA report, Lebanon has until July 16 to post their performance bond in order to race their fall meet. Failure to post the bond will result in the fall meet being cancelled as their license will be revoked. Odds are that would be the end of Lebanon Raceway.
You would never have thought that harness racing in Ohio, would be in such a precarious situation, but as in other states it is hard to keep things going. Some of the politcos are against expanding gambling, yet the state has severe have budget problems.
Who are they kidding? Why are these politicos being so stubborn? Moral arguments make no sense. Unless they close the borders to Pennsylvania, Indiana, West Virginia, and Michigan the people of Ohio are gambling on slots. How much money is flowing out the state which could be used to keep programs for Ohio's neediest intact without raising taxes, not to mention supporting Ohio's vast breeding industry as well as the racetracks (a revenue source).
If the legislature refuses to approve the VLTs the people of Ohio should vote the bums out and elect people who will do what is best for all the citizens of Ohio.
Meadowlands Update: The decline continues. Read this article for more information.