Greyhound Racing in Council Bluffs Nearing The End Of The Run
COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA (KPTM)
Numbers at the betting windows at Bluffs Run have gone down steadily over the past decade prompting a movement to eliminate greyhound racing in the metro. It's a fight that's been going on for about five years and it's a fight that's just about over.
Bo Guidry– "I finally see light at the end of the tunnel," said Bo Guidry, General Manager, Horseshoe Casino.
It's been a long road but if a bill passes the Iowa legislature, greyhound racing in Council Bluffs will end on new year's eve 2015.
But dog racing isn't coming to a complete stop in iowa.
A casino in Dubuque will keep things going.
Mystique Casino would pay kick i$7 million over seven years and Horseshow would kick in oven more.
"65 million over seven years to the IGA, the Iowa Greyhound Association," said Guidry.
Half of the money would go to a retirement fund for breeders and owners who will stop racing. The other half will help lease the track in Dubuque.
The Council Bluffs City Council likes the direction this is going. It would like to put up a full service hotel on the grounds of the dog track, which is now losing ten million dollars a year, and turn it into a profitable area. It also says it will bring in new business.
"That's an area that's really developing now with the new interstate going through. This is an entertainment district so if we can get that redeveloped and support the arena we will bring in more conventions and more people into town and it will bring more businesses in," said Sharon White, Council Bluffs City Council.
"Now we will be able to develop this 9 acres and do something more meaningful in this community. We will create better jobs. It's something the city can wrap their arms around and be excited about," said Guidry.
The Iowa Greyhound Association has said getting rid of the Council Bluffs dog track would put 200 people out of work in Council Bluffs.