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Horse Racing is Back in Texas After a Brief Shutdown — But for How Long?

The Texas horse racing industry shut down briefly last week (Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015) amid debate over a new type of gambling at horse tracks. But some say the debate is about something more — namely who gets to profit from the industry. And are racetracks like the Sam Houston Race Park profitable anymore? And […]

The Texas horse racing industry shut down briefly last week (Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015) amid debate over a new type of gambling at horse tracks.

But some say the debate is about something more — namely who gets to profit from the industry. And are racetracks like the Sam Houston Race Park profitable anymore? And are they really just about horse racing anymore, as they turn to other types of events to bring more people through the turnstiles?

To help us understand the latest developments in this issue, Brian Rosenthal joins us from Austin. He's the Austin bureau reporter for the Houston Chronicle.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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