All Bets are Off in Massachusetts

In Massachusetts, the bugle calling thoroughbreds to the race is silenced at the moment, and some wonder whether it will heard again.

Three of the four horse and dog tracks in the state are closed right now, shut-down after state lawmakers decided not to renew "simulcasting" rights at the tracks, meaning betters could no longer wager on other races around the country.

And today in the House, lawmakers are expected to vote on whether slot machines should be allowed at the tracks. Track owners insist they need slot revenues to stay financially viable.

The Senate approved the measure last fall. But House Speaker Sal DiMasi predicts failure for the plan in his chamber.

Keith O'Brien reports on what is at stake.

This program aired on April 5, 2006. The audio for this program is not available.


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