The Kentucky Equine Education Project, which is backing a push for video slots in Kentucky’s horse racing tracks, just sent out a release saying high-profile jockey Calvin Borel has agreed to take an active role in its effort.
You don’t see jockeys take political stands very often, but this is one that make sense, and Borel and others among his number who speak up are only taking a position that’s logical for those who make their living off racing in Kentucky.
Part of the organization’s release . . .
Borel Signs On to Assist with Passage of Slots at Race Tracks
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Two-time Derby winning jockey Calvin Borel is joining forces with the Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) to support legislation that would allow video lottery terminals (VLTs) to be placed at Kentucky’s race tracks. Revenue from this form of expanded gaming would supplement purses and breeders’ incentives, allowing Kentucky to compete with states already using expanded gaming for these purposes. Borel is featured in a radio commercial and an upcoming mail piece, both sponsored by KEEP.
Borel rode Street Sense to victory in the 2007 Kentucky Derby and Mine That Bird to win the 2009 Kentucky Derby. He also won the 2009 Kentucky Oaks and the 2009 Preakness Stakes aboard the filly Rachel Alexandra. Borel was born in Louisiana, but moved to Kentucky 12 years ago to further his racing career in the heart of horse country.
Last week, Gov. Steve Beshear called a special session to balance the state’s budget. Beshear amended the call to include the VLTs at race tracks proposal as an effort to preserve Kentucky’s signature industry and generate new revenue for the state.
“I moved to Kentucky 12 years ago to be in the middle of the horse capital of the world,” said Borel, “and now all I see are horses, trainers and jobs leaving to go to other states. If we don’t do something soon, our industry will disappear.”