If things progress as they seem to be, racing of standardbreds and thoroughbreds may be returning to Rockingham Park as they are seen as a heavy favorite for winning one of the two gaming licenses in New Hampshire. A bill authorizing casino gaming has passed a House committee, the first time ever.
Why did this House Committee feel the need to move this legislation forward? Pay attention Governor Christie: The passage of expanded gambling earlier this fall in neighboring Massachusetts is seen as the impetus behind the current action in the Granite State because it would keep revenue from crossing the border.
Unfortunately for racing interests in New Hampshire, their own governor may need to learn the same lesson. Up to now, Democratic Governor John Lynch still has serious concerns and remains opposed to the expansion of gambling. I guess stupidity is a bi-partisan trait.