Despite the cold temperatures, the GHRC made their presence known from the very start with an escort by the Atlanta Mounted Police. The Jockey Club’s America’s Best Racing Tour Bus made it’s way down from Lexington, KY and both young and old loved the experience. In addition to visiting the Capitol, the bus made stops at the popular Varsity Restaurant, as well as a tour through the Georgia Tech University campus. At each stop the bus was met with enthusiasm and support.
GHRC member and owner of 2011 Kentucky Derby’s Mucho Macho Man, Patti Reeves said, “Today was a big day for horse racing in Georgia. The message about how horse racing can bring much needed jobs and financial support for the Hope Scholarship is starting to get out there.” Reeves went on to say, “Our grass roots efforts to bring thoroughbred horse racing to Georgia began today in a big way and we will continue to take this message around the state until we have the legislation we need to bring horse racing to our state.”
Supports of the Georgia Horse Racing Coalition are encouraged to visit www.gahorseracing.org
‘America’s Best Horse Racing Tour’ Comes to Atlanta
WHO: The Georgia Horse Racing Coalition and The Jockey Club are partnering to promote the exciting world of Thoroughbred horse racing with “America’s Best Racing,” a multimedia tour that introduces the public to the horses, the people and the stories of one of America’s oldest sports.
WHAT: The “America’s Best Racing” touring RV, the racing ambassadors and members of the Georgia Horse Racing Coalition will visit the Georgia Legislature.
WHEN: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, March 21, 2013
WHERE: The multimedia RV will be parked on Mitchell Street across from the South Entrance to the Capitol Building, between the cross walk from the Capitol and the entrance to the Coverdell Legislative Office Building.
WHY: Surveys show that Georgians would welcome horse racing, which would boost the state economy. The Georgia Horse Racing Coalition, a group of horse racing enthusiasts, is working with state leaders to pass legislation allowing pari-mutuel wagering in Georgia in order to encourage and support a statewide horse racing industry that would increase jobs, tax revenues and tourism opportunities.
Patti Reeves, email@example.com or 770-313-9691
Fred A. Fletcher, firstname.lastname@example.org
Georgia Horse Racing Coalition, www.gahorseracing.org
Fox 5 News Aired the following story on March 11, 2013: ATLANTA -
A new advertising campaign is underway to bring horse racing to Georgia. The effort begins as supporters acknowledge they’ll have to wait until next year to try to get a horse racing referendum on the ballot for voters.
Sponsors hope these billboards will be seen by more than a million people each day in metro Atlanta.
The Georgia Horse Racing Coalition wants to build support for a 2014 statewide referendum on the question of allowing betting on horse races.
Sugar Hill contractor Dean Reeves is part of the effort. He owns nine horses, including “Mucho Macho Man,” a third-place finisher at the 2011 Kentucky Derby.
“We need the jobs. We need the industry and the state needs the money to help the HOPE scholarship and it’s a lot of positives to it,” said Reeves.
Georgia voters approved a statewide lottery 20 years ago. Since then, attempts to expand gambling — including horse racing –have met with heavy resistance.
A proposed constitutional amendment would need approval in the state legislature, but lawmakers will not vote on it this year. State Sen. Jack Murphy (R-Cumming) will try again in next year’s session.
“We feel like that it’s going to move forward at some point in time because the people, 72 to 75 percent of the people in Georgia — want to see a referendum placed on the ballot,” Murphy said.
Murphy and other supporters dispute objections that horse racing would lead to casino gambling. He says money from horse racing could bolster the HOPE Scholarship, as well as infrastructure needs and perhaps provide some state income tax relief.
The proposed referendum on horse racing would require a two-thirds vote in the state House and Senate before it could go on next year’s ballot.
To view the story and video, click here: http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/story/21576063/campaign-touts-horse-racing-in-georgia
Its that time of year again to start thinking about Spring and the 48th running of the Atlanta Steeplechase on April 13, 2013! The Budweiser Clydesdales are coming this year and many of our friends already have tickets or tents.
For ticket information, go to www.atlantasteeplechase.org
The 2012 Chairman’s Tent was a fabulous day at the Atlanta Steeplechase and it is sure to sell out again this year! The 2013 Chairman’s Tent will be produced by Sean O’Keefe Events which includes a feast from the Capital Grille, premium champagnes, wines and cocktails, personal butlers, the Gransden Tiro music group and of course the thrill of the “Chase!’. If anyone is interested in joining the Chairman’s Table, please contact Jo Leinbach at 404-217-0539.
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