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Head of Fairmont Park Fights for More Gambling at Race Track

August 01, 2018 - 8:57 am
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The head of Fairmont Park in Collinsville hopes a meeting with the Illinois racing board this week will get them one step closer to video gambling on historic horse races.  Brian Zander is president and general manager of Fairmont Park in Collinsville.

He says Fairmont can't compete with surrounding states that have more forms of wagering including so-called ‘race-cinos’ massive casinos and race tracks.

“By our count and by most people’s count, we’ve been trying to become competitive with our surrounding states for about 17 years, and it just hasn’t happened, and there could be a lot of reasons,” he says.

Including, he believes, existing riverboats that don't want to competition and don't want to share revenue.

It's not clear how much wagering on historic horse races will help Fairmont.  They'll end the season early again without any additional revenue.  Instead of racing until September 22nd, the track will close on Labor Day, September 3rd.