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MT: Study says state board not ready to take reins in horse racing

By   /  August 21, 2012  /  Montana, News, State Government  /  No Comments

Horse Racing

By Phil Drake | Montana Watchdog HELENA – The state Board of Horse Racing was ill-equipped to take over horse racing simulcasts as it understaffed the operation, did poor financial accounting and didn’t respond quickly to daily challenges, a new study finds. The study, made available late Monday, was written by a consultant looking into why the […]

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Cash-strapped horse racing board discusses getting own accountant

By   /  June 29, 2012  /  Montana, News  /  No Comments

By PHIL DRAKE | Montana Watchdog HELENA – The Board of Horse Racing on Thursday discussed plans to wean itself from using Department of Livestock (DOL) staff and hire their own accountant in the hopes of helping it get a good grasp on its fiscal condition. One major hurdle may be that the board doesn’t […]

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Horse racing simulcasts make return Thursday to some Montana locations

By   /  May 17, 2012  /  Montana, News  /  No Comments

By PHIL DRAKE | Montana Watchdog Horse racing simulcasts returned to Montana on Thursday, nearly six months after they were suspended due to huge financial losses. The off-track betting returned to at least some Montana locations Thursday morning, with more expected to be added as the day went on, Dale Mahlum, president of the Board […]

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Group still pursuing horse racing simulcast, but won’t include Derby

By   /  April 26, 2012  /  Montana, News, Uncategorized  /  1 Comment

By PHIL DRAKE | Montana Watchdog HELENA – Those hoping to sip mint juleps and bet on the Kentucky Derby through simulcasts in Montana will have to put those thoughts on hold as those trying to return the off-track betting system to the state say they could not meet the deadline because of previous debt […]

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Horse racing simulcasts could return soon, BOHR chair says

By   /  April 16, 2012  /  Montana, News  /  No Comments

By PHIL DRAKE | Montana Watchdog HELENA – After a four-month hiatus, the horses may once again be lining up at the gate. Montana’s simulcast horse racing program could return to some locations as early as this week, as a Missoula casino may take over the reins of the off-track betting that halted late last year […]

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$614,249 deficit from horse race simulcasts likely less, Tucker says

By   /  March 21, 2012  /  Montana, News  /  1 Comment

By PHIL DRAKE HELENA – A man hired to determine how the Montana Board of Horse Racing (BOHR) supposedly lost $614,249 in 14 months of horse race simulcasts said this week he had a mix of good and bad news. Tom Tucker, after spending 21/2 days poring over materials, told Montana Watchdog on Wednesday simulcasts did […]

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