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