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Local supporters of video gambling go to Frankfort

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FRANKFORT, KY (FOX19) - A big group of local supporters of video gambling at Kentucky racetracks took their ideas to Frankfort.

A caravan led by Turfway Park president Robert Elliston left for the state's capital Wednesday morning from Turfway.

He and other supporters say 100,000 people work in the Kentucky horse racing industry from grooms to food service staff and clerks.

But small businesses like hay dealers and trucking companies also rely on it. Elliston calls the horse racing industry the foundation of Kentucky tourism.

Turfway will celebrate 50 years this fall, but the Florence track has had to cut back on race days.

A special legislative session addressing expanded gambling at horsetracks continues Wednesday.

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear warned that if video slots aren't permitted at horse race-tracks, many storied tracks could disappear.

But anti-gambling protests have been going on outside the state capitol to counter that.

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