|"Seabiscuit" Fundraiser Conducted by
Texas Horse Racing Industry for Carole Keeton Strayhorn
from the horse racing industry played host to a fundraiser for Texas Comptroller
Carole Keeton Strayhorn in San Antonio, Texas on Thursday, July 24. The
centerpiece of the event, which attracted approximately 200 people, including
Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolfe, was a special premier of the movie "Seabiscuit."
Mrs. Strayhorn addressed the group prior to the screening of the movie
and once again stated that Texas should legalize video lottery machines
at the state's existing pari-mutuel facilities as a way to raise money
for Texas education.
Strayhorn was given thunderous applause when she said that, "Texas
racing is good, but it can be better!" Strayhorn went on to state
that she felt Texas needed to keep Texas dollars at home rather than losing
them to out-of-state gaming options.
The movie, which many in the horse racing industry hope will spark new
interest in the sport, also got rave reviews from those attending the
event. According to Texas Horsemen’s Partnership Executive Director
Tommy Azopardi, "It was a great evening, and I think the Comptroller
got a good indication of how much the horsemen in our state appreciate
her supportive position on VLTs."