Push to Shut Down Running Aces Horse Track

Posted at: 02/14/2013 7:58 PM
Updated at: 02/14/2013 10:45 PM
By: Jay Kolls

A group of 1,500 thoroughbred race horse owners and trainers ask the Minnesota Racing Commission to revoke Running Aces' gambling license.

The Minnesota Horseman's Benevolent and Protective Association says Running Aces, near Forest Lake, is not in compliance with state law. The thoroughbred owners' group says it asked the Minnesota Racing Commission to revoke Running Aces's gambling license and the Commission confirmed that information with 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS.

A member of the Racing Commission says the state has taken the request under advisement and is reviewing the 200-page document submitted by MHBPA.  An attorney for the group of thoroughbred owners tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS the state granted Running Aces a gambling license few years ago with the stipulation Running Aces give 3 percent of its card table money to the thoroughbred owners and trainers at Canterbury Park Horse Track in Shakopee. Attorney Cort Holten says Running Aces stopped making those payments last August and is no longer in compliance with state law. Holten says that's why his client, MHBPA, asked the Racing Commission to revoke Running Aces's license.

The Chairman of the Racing Commission was unavailable for a comment and Running Aces declined our request for an interview, but issued a statement. That statement says, in part, "it is unfortunate the thoroughbred owners are wasting the Racing Commission's and Taxpayers' time with a frivolous complaint." There is now information yet on when the Minnesota Racing Commission will act on the MHBPA's request. Running Aces has harness racing during the summer months and offers card gambling 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It also employs nearly 600 people.