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A prominent Republican says he hasn't lined up enough Senate support to pass a proposed ballot measure aimed at legalizing casinos.

Beshear Not Optimistic Over Gambling Bill

Jan 4, 2013

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- After years of pushing to legalize casino-style gambling in Kentucky, Gov. Steve Beshear sounds less than optimistic just days before the start of the next legislative session.

"I'm in conversations with legislators about the expanded gaming issue to see what, if anything, might be possible during the upcoming session," Beshear told The Associated Press in an interview this week. "We're faced with a short session and a lot of tough issues, and that may affect people's thinking about what we should do on that issue."

photo by Cassidy Herrington

Ted Bassett oversaw and guided many changes during his 44 years in leadership of the Keeneland Association Inc., but his fondness for tradition remains unchanged. As Kentucky's horse industry campaigns for casinos, Bassett calls for the preservation of the vision of those who founded Keeneland 75 years ago.

"The mission," Bassett said, emphatically but with a twinkle in his eye. "Emphasis on the spectacle of horse racing, creating a landscape that celebrates the rural environment, tradition and customer service."