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Opinion

Horse Racing - and All Horse Events - Bring Money into Western Communities

 

April 2012 issue

     

 Having horse races doesn’t really cost — it pays.

            Let’s suppose there would be racing on Saturday and Sunday the week before and the same during the Missoula [Montana] County Fair in August. Four days would attract trainers, owners, jockeys, support staff, etc.

            Let’s use 30 trainers as the example. Groceries and miscellaneous, horse feed, supplies, fuel and the like—– we should add the owners and families, and finally the fans; they come from all over to Missoula. A couple of hundred thousand dollars is not unreasonable.

            It has been proven how horse racing increases all the revenue for the fair. Ticket sales, parking, concessions, etc. So, what seems to be the problem? The revenue excuse isn’t that valid.

            Let’s use Idaho for an example. Many county fairs have horse racing: Emmett, Jerome, Burley, Rupert, Idaho Falls, etc. Then Boise, the larger track. How can they do it and Montana can’t? Very simple: They want to. It brings income to their communities.

            Missoula can own a baseball park, buy open lands that were not suitable for subdivision anyway, and never cease to spend money to attract industry and business. I’ll bet it would be thrilled to have a business move in with the potential horse-racing provides. Yes, it involves work, promotion, and a little risk, but what business doesn’t? Think of hotel, dinner and racing combinations, like skiing, other sports, etc.

            It would seem reasonable that a group of businessmen and women would combine to form a group to promote it. I also wonder if the tribe might consider it. Browning has a terrific race/activity meet. If not in Missoula, maybe Polson. They have the basic track, resort, casino gambling, Flathead Lake and much more.

            People like to come to western Montana. Why can’t we take advantage of that and give them one more reason to come here?

— Cliff Trexler,

Hamilton, MT 406-363-5275

 

 

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