I have always enjoyed watching horse races and with my daughter went once a year to Playfair in Spokane. Our spending limit was $20.
However, most of the current “Horse Racing is coming to Idaho”’ TV advertisements are a lie. Real horse racing is already allowed in Idaho. After some research, I discovered the initiative, Proposition 1, will only bring gambling machines that show prior races to bet on. And I also learned that Treasure Valley Racing LLC, operators of the now defunct Les Bois Park horse racing track and casino in Garden City, donated $1.34 million to the committee, “Save Idaho Horse Racing.” Said committee then used the $1.34 million to pay professional signature-gatherers from Fieldworks LLC of Washington, DC, to get Prop 1 on the ballot.
Prop 1 is not racing, it is just gambling. Even if the Les Bois operation never opens their track to real horses, their casino surely will profit. Ninety percent of profits will stay in the wagering pools; 9 percent of the profits will go to the owners of the machines (Treasure Valley Racing LLC? ) and one-half of 1 percent will go to Idaho schools.
Idaho, vote No on Prop 1.