Nebraska racetracks like Atokad Park are one step closer to allowing bets on previously run horse races.
A constitutional amendment would allow voters to decide if Nebraska should license and regulate wagering on the video races.
The measure advanced Wednesday but faces one final vote to place it on the November ballot.
Lance Morgan, C-E-O of Ho-Chunk incorporated, which owns Atokad Park, says if the betting on historic horse racing videos is approved, Atokad expansion will move forward.
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The city of South Sioux City and the Dakota County Commissioners have already given their support to expanding Atokad with video betting.
Ho-Chunk had previously partnered with Lou Weinberg to try to get a casino built in the historic Warrior Hotel in downtown Sioux City.
That project was voted down by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission in favor of a Hard Rock Casino.
Morgan says his focus is now on improving Atokad instead of what’s happening with the Sioux City casino:
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Morgan is following the ongoing battle between the Hard Rock project and Penn Gaming’s Argosy Casino:
OC…..OVER YET EITHER. ;05
Proponents of the horse racing bill say Nebraska has a tradition of horse racing, and the proposal would save jobs.
Opponents say the bill represents expanded gambling.