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US Federal Policy Shift "Concerns" New York Racing

Thursday, 16th June 2011

The racing industry in New York “expressed concerns about new, potent competition after the Obama administration reversed course on federal policy that had blocked Indian tribes from building off-reservation casinos” reported bloodhorse.com. The decision by the US Department Of The Interior “raises new possibilities for long-stalled Indian-owned casinos in the Catskill Mountains resort region of New York”; Such full-fledged casinos “have long been seen as a direct threat to the state’s racing industry, including relatively new video lottery terminal-only facilities”. The former Bush administration had a policy “that kept Native American tribes from developing casinos far from their home reservations”. The change in federal policy “comes as private developers plan later this summer to open a VLT casino at Aqueduct”.

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