An overview of the progress of Pari-Mutual Horse Racing in Georgia

As the economics of pari-mutual horseracing has strived to make its way into the gateway of opportunity in Georgia, South Carolina and a great part of the U.S. as a whole, 2012 did not reflect an anticipated end politically as well as to produce a ‘Triple Crown Winner’.

Though a Pari-Mutual Horse Racing Bill has not been passed yet, there are definitely more awareness of Pari-Mutual horse racing among Georgians. According to polling done by the firm Landmark in 2009, its data showed that 69% of those surveyed were in favor of horse racing in Georgia. Their latest poll indicated that 74% are now in favor of. Increasing public awareness and involvement is one of the objectives of the Georgia Horse Racing Committee (GAHRC) and we are thrilled to see an increase in supporters. We are very optimistic of having PMHR legalized in 2014.

Enhancing Organizational Goals of the GAHRC

In our endeavor to increase public awareness, we are please to inform that our book, as promised, will be on the shelves soon. The book reflects on the history of horse racing, its economical impact, how PMHR can be used as a vehicle to fund public education and much more. We trust that this book will shed more light on the fundamentals of PMHR and to have it approved as a textbook in our educational system.

Obstacles or stumbling blocks encountered in 2011-2012

House Bill 467 failed to be voted and passed by the House of Representatives. As a result, legislation could not cross over to the Senate side. The truth of the matter is that when the 2011-2012 Georgia General Assembly passed Day 30-known as the Crossover Day- of its annual 40 day working session, they have failed to pass this bill to the senate. The legislation therefore could not cross over to the Senate side where it could have been passed and then placed on the November 2012 general election ballot as a statewide referendum for Peach State voters to approve and thereby amend the state constitution to make racing and wagering legal in the state of Georgia.

Existing problems in our present economy

  • The gap in poverty continues to be a factor in several ‘so said’ communities.
  • Funding for education per state has not been spread nor equally proportioned.
  • Due to a lack of  job opportunities unemployment continues to increase
  • The demand for health care for several Georgians remains a delimitation
  • The lack in funding for infrastructure such as Law Enforcement, etc.

The GAHRC plans to address these problems through successful collaborations. The horse racing industry not only attempts to entertain a chosen few. We plan to aid the economy and fully explore each and every economical crisis at hand. Unfortunately not every politician has foreseen this to be a good deed. For example, Mitt Romney reared more toward ‘total independency’. Yet he failed to acknowledge the fact that the past and current economic crisis has left many Georgians desolate. Because of so many physical, mental and emotional stressors out there it would have been impossible to meet the quota in his book. Mitt Romney’s inability to have compassion on the not so wealthy was one of the many reasons why he failed in his presidential campaign bid.

Georgia U.S Senator, Saxby Chambliss and Grover Norquist, tax advocate, signed an anti-tax pledge which later becomes a proposal for tax reform. Both Mitt and Chambliss agreed not to increase taxes in a pledge with Grover Norquist. However, Senator Chambliss has changed his mind and is now in favor of increasing taxes. He has alienated his base and might not be reelected in 2014. No doubt, much effort has been made to change our economy. However, the fight and race against time will always remain.
The GAHRC desires to bring about a new decade of life where citizens will not only embrace the sport of kings , but sow into an economy that will give underprivileged communities and people living in desolate conditions an opportunity to embrace a greater quality of life. Regardless of your race, culture, or age we are committed to pursuing this worthy mission, because we belief that this industry can make a difference in the lives of many Georgians.

Why did 2012 not reflect an anticipated end? Let us take a moment and talk about political ineptness. Since the 1990’s we had but little or no support from politicians in this venture and very little has changed. We are dealing with politicians who act as moral police and yet invoke the bible and God in their shenanigans.  What is the difference playing the lottery and wagering on horses?  None! There is no difference. Both are taking a chance. It is because of political ineptness that the process of legalizing PMHR is not moving forward, but we strive to look pass the state political leaders who do not stand by the positive aspects of their so called ideology. Therefore we encourage all Georgians to vocalize their desire to have PMHR legalized.

Now is the time to lay aside the Bronze Age of Mythology in the state of Georgia. We must also look beyond the depths of economical struggles to use the philosophy of ‘critical thinking and common sense’ to make a most profound difference.  Whether Democrat, Republican or Independent effective governing requires compromise.

In conclusion, it is imperative to note Georgians that you were also included in the August 2011, $15 trillion plus debt and 9.1 percent unemployment. Matters have now escalated to $16 trillion with unemployment hovering at 9 percent. Attention must be formally directed toward interventions which will draw overall funding from the PMHR industry.

Thoroughbred Horse Racing

Since the last 30 years, thoroughbred horse racing has failed to produce another ‘Triple Crown’ winner. Winning the Triple Crown is the ultimate goal of any breeder, owner, barn, stable, trainer and jockey. The Triple Crown consists of three major horse races. The first leg is the famous running of the roses, which is the Kentucky Derby at Church Hill Downs, located in Louisville, Kentucky; the second leg is the Preakness held at the Pimlico race track in Baltimore, Maryland and the third leg is the Belmont Stakes which take place in the Big Apple, the city of New York.  Participating horses must be three years old only and have to win all three races in a matter of weeks apart to be a Triple Crown winner.

Since not having a Triple Crown winner in over thirty years, the GAHRC has decided to promote their vision by displaying two of thoroughbred’s most famous horses. Both of these legendary horses have a strong connection to Georgia because of their brief stay on Old Mill Farm in Cartersville, GA. It was here at Carterville, on the sacred grounds of the historic Old Mill Farm that these two horses were prepped by Hollywood celebrity and world class thoroughbred trainer, Horatio Lura. Our Georgia national and international heritage began with these to legendary horses. Decidedly won the Kentucky Derby in 1962 and so did Northern Dancer in 1964. This is an outstanding achievement in the arena of thoroughbred horse racing and is the ultimate goal of any horseman.

The historic Old Mill Farm is also home to Billy Wright, Vice President of the GAHRC. Mr. Wright is an extraordinary horseman and has made many contributions to the state of Georgia and the GAHRC.


1962 Kentucky Derby Winner

Northern Dancer
1964 Kentucky Derby Winner


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