Pat Luntjer, Gambling with the Good Life spokeswoman, says that it is just another phony horse race that they conduct in Lincoln, Omaha, and now Sioux City.
“If they do that, they can keep the simulcast license, which is where the money is,” Luntjer tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN in Lincoln. “They can also sit back and wait and hope that they get a casino one day, but I think it’s really pathetic, because that’s not keeping live racing alive. It’s just being done for the purpose of simulcast and that is not how that law was written.”
Ho-Chunk bought the former Atokad Downs in 2012 with the hope of developing a $40 million casino at the site.
But a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize casino wagering at Nebraska horse tracks failed to get enough verified signatures to get on this year’s ballot.
“I think it’s very obvious by the last campaign where they blew a million dollars and couldn’t get the signatures in ten months, that no one in Nebraska wants that constitution changed to allow casinos and slots,” Luntjer says.
She wishes pro-gambling groups would just give up the fight for casinos, but she says it is a greed driven industry.
Jane Monnich, KLIN-AM, contributed to this report.