Ebro, other Florida tracks see lower revenue, attendance

Published: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 05:11 PM.

Hess agreed live racing in all forms is in decline, but he isn’t ready to write its epitaph. On greyhound racing, he said, it’s like classical music — fewer people want to hear it, but it’s not going anywhere.

“I don’t think it’s dying; it’s definitely decreasing across the nation, as well as thoroughbreds,” he said.

Hess and Theil did concur on one thing: Greyhound racing is a slower bet that’s been supplanted by other forms of gambling.

Sticking a coin in a slot machine is far easier than studying a racing program and learning handicapping, Hess said. “People tend to feel more comfortable with a game that’s less involved,” he said.

Hess wants to cash in on those games and has plans for a multimillion-dollar expansion in Ebro, but that will happen only if gaming is allowed to expand in the state, which could be decided in Tallahassee next spring.



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