TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — Horse racing in Idaho at present doesn’t have the funding to host a yr’s value of racing.
The business had been awarded 26 race days in 2021 to be shared between six totally different tracks: Pocatello Downs, Rupert Downs, Jerome Horse Racing Affiliation, Oneida County Honest, Cassia County Honest and Japanese Idaho Honest.
Horse racing in Idaho shouldn’t be funded from taxes or slots, however slightly is self-funded from wagering revenues. That wagering may be each in-person on the racetrack or dwell on an digital gadget. These revenues are at present cut up between the racing fee, racetracks, breeders and public colleges.
The East Idaho Horsemen’s Affiliation — which represents each the Idaho Thoroughbred Affiliation and Idaho Quarter Horse Affiliation — created a legislative invoice that may redistribute wagering revenues with a view to correctly fund the fee.
As East Idaho Horsemen’s Affiliation President Bryon Goody stated a correctly funded racing fee is important by way of making certain the protection and integrity of the game.
“It’s about security. It’s about security for the animals and it’s about security for individuals who journey these animals: the jockeys,” Goody stated. “It’s about integrity for the game. It’s about figuring out that we’re doing the precise factor. The racing fee is the governing physique. It’s the watchful eye over the game. It makes folks accountable.”
Based on Goody, after drafting a number of variations of the income redistribution invoice, Rep. Brent Crane, R-Nampa — chairman of the State Home Affairs Committee — refused to have the invoice heard.
Idaho’s horse racing business impacts greater than solely its energetic contributors. Companies together with tack outlets and farmers who increase hay crops may very well be impacted if Idaho’s present horsemen have been to maneuver out of state. Even public colleges obtain a small quantity of funding from horse racing.
Crane didn’t return KMVT’s request for remark.
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