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April 06, 2012

Fleeing gambling bucks

I speak for several hundred people who travel from the southern and northern regions of Missouri and Kansas to Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Altoona, Iowa, to enjoy pari-mutuel wagering on greyhounds and thoroughbred horses.

The Horseshoe Casino in Council Bluffs provides this service along with live greyhound races. The Prairie Meadows Casino in Altoona provides this service along with live thoroughbred races. Many casinos throughout the United States provide at the very least some simulcasting for pari-mutuel wagering.

Those of us who travel north on Interstate 29 or Interstate 35 have one legitimate question: Why? None of the Kansas City area casinos, including the new Hollywood Casino, provides simulcasting for pari-mutuel wagering on greyhounds or thoroughbred horses. Why?

To say the least, it is absurd to see Missouri and Kansas dollars going to Iowa casinos, motels and restaurants. Businesses in Iowa welcome the Missouri and Kansas patrons with open arms since the closing of the Woodlands racetrack.

It makes good sense to keep our dollars here in the two-state area rather than let those dollars escape outside our area.

Anthony B. Hogan

Lee’s Summit



Greyhound racing is cruel and inhumane. Greyhounds endure lives of nearly constant confinement, kept in cages barely large enough for them to stand up or turn around. While racing, many dogs suffer and die from injuries including broken legs, paralysis, and cardiac arrest. And many greyhounds are euthanized every year, as the number retired from racing exceeds the number of adoptive homes.

At racetracks across the country, greyhounds endure lives of confinement. According to industry statements, greyhounds are generally confined in their cages for approximately 20 hours per day. They live inside warehouse-style kennels in stacked cages that are barely large enough to stand up or turn around. Generally, shredded paper or carpet remnants are used as bedding.

An undercover video recently released by GREY2K USA shows the conditions in which these gentle dogs are forced to live: http://www.grey2kusa.org/azVideo.html

For more information on injuries these dogs suffer, please view:



Dogs play an important role in our lives and deserve to be protected from industries and individuals that do them harm.

VWolf Board Member, GREY2K USA


Totally agree jayhawk. I used to be a horse racing fan, but I can't handle the cruelty and needless deaths of jockeys and horses.

This article horrified me, but it's a must read:


Better yet, we could just boycott horse and dog racing and hope for their total ban. Ghastly and cruel enterprises...


Anthony - The Woodlands in KC, KS...Closing in 2008 after losing money for years Phil Ruffin of Wichita is now thinking of purchasing the track and re-opening it...

...It could happen again!...

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