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Re: Odds are, bet on Downs a losing proposition (April 25). The old saying, "If you continue to throw mud at a wall, some will stick" is true of Dan Lett's take on the Assiniboia Downs agreement, as well as Bruce Owen's Taking on this foe was a bad bet (April 24).

It is incorrectly stated Assiniboia Downs receives "taxpayer dollars." In fact, the Downs receives a portion of VLT revenues from machines at the track.

This funding formula is the paltry way the NDP mitigates the other nooses it has put around the Manitoba Jockey Club's neck.

These include dictating the number of days of the meet, refusing to negotiate sound methods of building stakes purses and generally impeding any improvements to the track facilities -- all of which would attract world-class runners to the meet.

"Horse racing itself will never pay the bills," writes Lett. No, it won't -- not unless the Manitoba Jockey Club can work with the government-appointed Manitoba Horse Racing Commission to bring the Downs back to A-league conditions.

There are thousands of Manitobans involved in horse racing, including horsemen and agricultural infrastructure producers, who are also taxpayers. They deserve our support, not muddy reporting.

 

KAREN ZOPPA

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 26, 2014 A16

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