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Historical Horse Racing [11 VAC 10 ‑ 47]
Action To Promulgate Regulations Pertaining to Historical Horse Racing
Comment Period Ended on 3/20/2019
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3/15/19  1:48 pm
Commenter: Beth Doughty, Roanoke Regional Partnership

Historic Horse Racing Terminal Regulations

In Support of the Town of Vinton, please accept these comments regarding the final draft regulations for the Historical Horse Racing terminals.

The Town of Vinton is a community of approximately 3 square miles and a population of 8,100 residents; however, the townis located in the midst of the Roanoke Metropolitan Statistical Area with a population of over 300,000.  

The Vinton Town Council recently expressed enthusiastic support for the return of horse racing to the Commonwealth by unanimously passing a Resolution on September 4, 2018 to authorize the return of an Off Track Betting Facility to the Town and to support the addition of the HHR terminals.

However, the regulations as currently written fall short of allowing Vinton to realize the full positive impact by unnecessarily limiting the number of HHR terminals based on the Town's population alone. The current cap of 150 terminals will unnecessarily diminish a valuable opportunity to encourage the expansion of employment opportunities and help generate much needed revenue to provide services for Vinton residents and guests to the community. The metropolitan area population is a more accurate representation of the market served by this facility.

Please consider removing the constraint of limiting the number of terminals based on the Town's geographic boundary population and instead, allow the number of terminals to be based on the market's full potential and determined by the Roanoke MSA's population. 


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