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www.timesite.com, 4 June 2003 [cached]
CAMP HILL, Pa. -- The current allocation of slot machine revenue to Pennsylvania's standardbred breeders amounts to about $7.2 million per year divided by more than 1,000 breeders across the state on average, Wayne Gregg, president of Eicarl's Stables, and a director of the Standardbred Breeders Association of Pennsylvania (SBAP), said on June 3.
"This amount wouldn't make a dent in our hay bill," Gregg, a horseman for nearly two decades, said jokingly.
But Gregg knows that slot machine revenue isn't a joking matter to more than 1,000 standardbred breeders across Pennsylvania.
Gregg's state association has been working to build awareness of the fact that the harness racing horse breeders across Pennsylvania are slowly going out of business and the current focus on licensing slot machines at the state's two harness tracks will probably be the last chance for Pennsylvania's breeders to reverse the trend.
"We were once the Keystone of harness racing in the Northeast," Gregg says, "but we lost the competitive edge when our neighbor states used slot machine revenue to boost their harness purses and breeder award programs."
Harness breeder revenue allocations in states like New Jersey, West Virginia and Canada give a greater return on investment to breeders who own farms there and breed winning horses in the those state races.
"A number of Pennsylvania breeders have started moving their operations out of state to take advantage of the more favorable economics elsewhere," Gregg said.
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"Our land is worth at least ten times present value if we develop it," Gregg said.
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One objective of the Tomlinson bill is to support the faltering Pennsylvania racing industry, but Gregg says the support is too little, too late for the Harness breeders in the state.
"We are the backbone of the Harness racing industry," he says."We are a vital part of a great industry, and if we go out of state, the legislature is simply trading off our green land and rural agricultural communities to increase gaming interests and revenue in the state.It's that simple in my book."
Gregg is careful to say that he and the SBAP support the Tomlinson bill in principal, even as they watched the breeder percentage of revenue disappear while track owner percentages continue to grow.
"I want a healthy, vibrant industry," Gregg says, "but it won't happen this way.Right now, this formula just boosts racinos, not horse racing."
"We need to get to around 4 percent in SB 20 for the numbers to make sense to us," he says.
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Gregg and SBAP estimate that at around 4 percent, the return is great enough to trigger investment in PA farmland, and an immediate increase in breeding operations in the state.
"With a little luck at the harness races, I think you will see another 50,000 acres of prime land reclaimed for breeding farms, and I think we can reasonably turn that 4 percent into something like a 10 percent bump in jobs, and increased revenue to our rural communities," Gregg said.
Most recent polls show rural voter support of licensing slot machines at racetracks at about 50-50; while approximately 70-30 statewide favor the bill.
"We are asking all our representatives and senators across the state to think long and hard about the Tomlinson bill," Gregg said.
The Business Journal
www.business-journal.com, 4 June 2003 [cached]
CAMP HILL, Pa. -- The current allocation of slot machine revenue to Pennsylvania's standardbred breeders amounts to about $7.2 million per year divided by more than 1,000 breeders across the state on average, according to Wayne Gregg, president of Eicarl's Stables and a director of the Standardbred Breeders Association of Pennsylvania."This amount wouldn't make a dent in our hay bill," Gregg jokes.
He knows, however, that slot machine revenue isn't a joking matter to more than 1,000 standardbred breeders across Pennsylvania.The association has been working to build awareness of the fact that the harness racing horse breeders across the Pennsylvania are slowly going out of business and the current focus on licensing slot machines at the state's two harness tracks will probably be the last chance for Pennsylvania's breeders to reverse the trend.
"We were once the Keystone of Harness racing in the north east," Gregg says, "but we lost the competitive edge when our neighbor states used slot machine revenue to boost their harness purses and breeder award programs."
...
"Our land is worth at least 10 times present value if we develop it," Gregg says.
...
One objective of the Tomlinson bill is to support the faltering Pennsylvania racing industry, but Gregg says the support is too little, too late for the Harness breeders in the state."We are the backbone of the harness racing industry," he says."We are a vital part of a great industry, and if we go out of state, the legislature is simply trading off our green land and rural agricultural communities to increase gaming interests and revenue in the state."
Although Gregg and the association support the Tomlinson bill in principle, they have watched the breeder percentage of revenue disappear while track owner percentages continue to grow."I want a healthy, vibrant industry," Gregg says, "but it won't happen this way.
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"It's better than we have now -- which is nothing -- but it's not enough to lift our industry and reverse the migration of our ag business out of state," Gregg maintains.
The association estimates that at around 4%, the return is great enough to trigger investment in Pennsylvania farmland and an immediate increase in breeding operations in the state."With a little luck at the harness races, I think you will see another 50,000 acres of prime Pennsylvania land reclaimed for breeding farms, and I think we can reasonably turn that 4% into something like a 10% bump in jobs, and increased revenue to our rural communities," Gregg says.
Most recent polls, he adds, show rural voter support of licensing slot machines at racetracks at about 50-50; while approximately 70-30 statewide favor the bill."We are asking all our representatives and senators across the state to think long and hard about the Tomlinson bill," Gregg said.
Standardbred Breeders Association of Pennsylvania
www.standardbredbreederspa.org, 16 Mar 2009 [cached]
Wayne A. Gregg 825 E. Pittsburgh Plaza E Pittsburgh, Pa 15112 wgregg@greggservices.com
Contacts
www.pittsburghdynamo.org, 27 Feb 2004 [cached]
Wayne Gregg At-Large Director 412-824-9961 wgregg@greggservices.com
PA Horse Breeders Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place in the Harness Racing Industry
www.standardbredbreederspa.org, 3 June 2003 [cached]
"We are a vital part of a great industry, and if we go out of state, the legislature is simply trading off our green land and rural agricultural communities to increase gaming interests and revenue in the state," Gregg said.
(Camp Hill, PA) -- An allocation of two percent of slot machine revenue to Pennsylvania's standardbred breeders amounts to about $7.2 million per year divided by more than 1,000 breeders across the state on average, Wayne Gregg, president of Eicarl's Stables, in Pittsburgh, and a director of the Standardbred Breeders Association of Pennsylvania (SBAP), said today.
"This amount wouldn't make much of a dent in our hay bill," Gregg, a breeder for nearly two decades, said jokingly.
But Gregg knows that slot machine revenue isn't a joking matter to more than 1,000 standardbred breeders across Pennsylvania.
Gregg's state association has been working to build awareness of the fact that Pennsylvania harness racing horse breeders are slowly going out of business and the current focus on licensing slot machines at the state's two harness tracks will probably be the last chance for Pennsylvania to reverse the trend.
"We were once the Keystone of harness racing in the northeast," Gregg says, "but we lost the competitive edge when our neighboring states used slot machine revenue to boost their harness purses and breeder award programs."
"A number of PA breeders have been going out of business or moving their operations out of state to take advantage of the more favorable economics elsewhere," Gregg said.
...
"Our land is worth at least ten times present value if we develop it," Gregg said.
...
One objective of the Tomlinson bill is to support the faltering Pennsylvania racing industry, but Gregg says the support is too little, too late for the harness breeders in the state.
"We are the backbone of the harness racing industry," he says."We are a vital part of a great industry, and if we go out of state, the legislature is simply trading off our green land and rural agricultural communities to increase gaming interests and revenue in the state."
"It's that simple in my book."
Gregg is careful to say that he and the SBAP support the Tomlinson bill in principal, even as they watched the breeder percentage of revenue disappear while track owner percentages continue to grow.
"I want a healthy, vibrant industry," Gregg says, "but it won't happen this way.Right now, this formula just boosts racinos, not horse racing."
"We need to get to around 4% in SB 20 for the numbers to make sense to us," he says.
...
Gregg and SBAP estimate that at around 4%, the return is great enough to trigger investment in PA farmland, and an immediate increase in breeding operations in the state.
"With a little luck at the harness races, I think you will see another 50,000 acres of prime PA land reclaimed for breeding farms, and I think we can reasonably turn that 4% into something like a 10% bump in jobs, and increased revenue to our rural communities," Gregg said.
Most recent polls show rural voter support of licensing slot machines at racetracks at about 50-50; while approximately 70-30 statewide favor the bill.
"We are asking all our representatives and senators across the state to think long and hard about the Tomlinson bill," Gregg said.
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