Ban on historical horse racing advances swiftly in Minnesota Legislature after Racing Commission tried to legalize it

Ban on historical horse racing advances swiftly in Minnesota Legislature after Racing Commission tried to legalize it

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  • Rochelle Olson, Star Tribune
April 8, 2024 9:07 PM

A Minnesota legislative panel prepared Monday to ban historical horse racing (HHR), a swift rebuke to the Minnesota Racing Commission’s vote just one week ago to legalize the casino-style games.

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“I think the Racing Commission took an unlawful action last week, and this bill reverses that,” said Rep. Zack Stephenson, DFL-Coon Rapids, as he introduced his bill to the House Commerce Committee on Monday.

In response, racing industry supporters brought to the Capitol steps Numbered Account, a friendly 8-year-old harness racing horse who has earned $250,000 in his career around the country, including at Running Aces. That horse racing track in Columbus, along with Canterbury Park in Shakopee, is one of two in the state.