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Wonderland Racing Track to Switch from Dog Racing to Slot Machines

On September 6th, 2007, the Wonderland racing track will likely drop dog racing if they will be able to get a license to construct a slot machine casino facility. The racing track has been thinking about putting slot machines at the racing track for a number of years now.

Wonderland's slots plan is also influenced by the renewed activities of anti-dog racing organizations aimed at holding a state referendum to ban dog racing on November 2008. The two dog racing tracks in Massachusetts aggressively campaigned against the referendum back in 2000 to stop the plans of the anti-dog racing groups.

Clyde Barrow, a professor from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and a gaming analyst, said that the decision of the Wonderland racing track is a good one. He said that it make sense for the racing track to stop their dog races in favor of the slot machines since its existence is threatened by different individuals and groups that are not in favor of dog racing.

Despite the good decision made by Wonderland racing track to drop dog racing, other racing establishment across the nation have continue to hold dog races even after getting permission to offer slot machines.

While dog racing's popularity has been steadily declining, local legislators, thinking of saving jobs, have made it one of the conditions of getting and maintaining a gaming license such as the Twin River casino in Rhode Island which started as a dog racing track. But in the state of Massachusetts, dog racing does not have the same support.

It can also become a liability for Wonderland's plan to promote itself as the possible site for expanded gaming in the state. Governor Deval Patrick is expected to make a decision soon on whether he will support casino gaming in the state or not.


Sunday, 30 September 2007
Darren G. Strachan