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Wed June 17, 2009
By Tony McVeigh
Frankfort, KY – Yesterday, opponents of expanded gambling rallied in the rotunda of the Kentucky State Capitol. Today, hundreds of supporters of Governor Steve Beshear's video slots bill rallied on the Capitol steps. Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Calvin Borel didn't speak at the event, but later told reporters, he came on his own accord.
I wanted to be here. I mean, we need it, sir. We need it bad. We need it for the people who work on the backside and people who work on the front side. We need to keep the horses going. This is the Kentucky Derby place. What gets better than that? Nuthin'
Among those addressing the crowd on the hot, muggy morning was former Governor Brereton Jones, who owns a horse farm in Midway. Jones says all facets of Kentucky's horse industry are united behind the video slots bill, which is still awaiting action in the House budget committee.