|Call to Action!
Governor Rick Perry has called the lawmakers back to Austin in an attempt
to solve the state's public school finance system, it is more important
than ever for horsemen and fans of horseracing to contact their local
The Texas Horsemen's Partnership, in conjunction with the other industry
organizations and the Texas racetracks, has been engaged in a grassroots
effort to communicate our support for video lottery terminals (VLTs) at
the racetracks. This effort has been successful, but there are still a
lot of horsemen that have not made contact with their Representative or
“It is extremely important that our members call their legislator
today,” said Tommy J. Azopardi, executive director of the Texas
Horsemen's Partnership, LLP. “Our lobby team will be knocking on
doors and talking to lawmakers over the next several weeks, and it is
critical that those members of the House and Senate have been getting
letters and phone calls from constituents back home that are in support
of our VLT initiative.”
“We have already begun to see the influence from out-of-state interests
that would love to see our VLT legislation fail,” Azopardi continued.
"Some of the casino companies have hired well-respected lobbyists
to see that Texas doesn't get the competitive tools we need.”
The Texas Horsemen's Partnership is equipped to help any member locate
the contact information for their legislator. The office is also armed
with sample letters and talking points in support of video lottery terminals.
If any member is interested in helping out with this effort, please call
the THP office and speak with Wanda.
“As one state-wide leader put it recently, ‘The stars are
aligned’ to bring VLTs to Texas tracks, but we will not be victorious
if we sit back and do nothing to show widespread support for these machines,”
stated Azopardi. “You cannot assume that someone else is going make
those calls or write those letters. Each and every horseman that is interested
in preserving our sport and attracting new participants should get involved
The Texas Horsemen's Partnership phone number is (512) 467-9799, or you
mail e-mail Wanda at firstname.lastname@example.org.