The Richmond Times Dispatch had this to say on its editorial page last Monday:

Virginia’s affectionate ties to horse racing date to the Colonial era.  The commonwealth has produced Secretariat and other premier thoroughbreds.  Pari-mutuel racing was intended to boost the state breeders.  Colonial Downs is an attractive site, but tracks across the country – including legendary – venues typically do not rely on bets at the track alone.  Off-track betting parlors have grown essential to racing’s prosperity.  Tracks in neighboring states use casinos to lure players.  Virginia’s horsemen do not ask for slots at Colonial Downs and associated OTBs.  They would benefit, however, from procedures to make it easier to open parlors in such potentially lucrative regions as Northern Virginia.  The OTBs in the Richmond area have not posed a problem.