The experience is something like playing video poker or slots in a casino, and that's why it's been pretty contentious because, of course, gambling is illegal in the state of Texas.
So, last year, the Texas Legislature said — if the Texas Racing Commission would continue to allow historical racing — lawmakers would defund the Racing Commission. Well, not surprisingly, the commission last month voted to no longer allow historical racing. End of story, right? Well, not exactly.
Racetracks say the move will cripple them financially, and historical racing is a critical supplement to the money they take in from actual, live horse races.
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