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March 11 News & Notes (3/11/2008)

Normandy Shore breaks maiden at Sam Houston
The MN bred colt Normandy Shore, mentioned in an earlier blog entry, broke his maiden at Sam Houston on Sunday. His dam, McKenna Beach, was a stakes winning 2-year-old at Canterbury. The speed shown by Normandy Shore should serve him well if owner April McCurry opts to send him north. Although the Vic Meyers Stakes is no more, there should be MN bred conditioned allowance races for straight 3-year-olds early in the meet and for sure an allowance to fill the void of the defunct Meyers
Racino Talk Again in 2008?
A story in today’s Star Tribune by Pat Doyle brings the possibility of a racino at Canterbury Park back into the spotlight, as Sen. Dick Day and Rep. Mark Buesgens try to rekindle the fire . Today isn’t the day to get on the soapbox but I will add this. The old arguement that ‘expansion of gambling’ is something to be feared confuses me as every time a new Kwik Trip opens and sells lottery tickets we would then be expanding gambling. What happened to the fear?
Here is a excerpt from Mr. Doyle’s story: Sen. Tarryl Clark, DFL-St. Cloud, the assistant Senate majority leader, expressed doubt that a racino would raise $100 million and said the proposal lacked political support.
“Most people don’t perceive this as an issue that is in play,” Clark said. “It’s a horse that has no pulse.”
Interesting choice of words by Sen. Clark. “Lacks political support”…. sure and for reasons too obvious to state, but certainly public support is there or at least according to polls taken a couple of years ago where nearly 70% were in favor. The time has come to let the pubic decide, Sen. Clark. Why not just put racino on the November ballot and see what happens?