Greenetrack is fighting a $75 million dollar tax bill from the state. In court papers, it says the assessment far exceeds the track's assets.When asked to describe the track's assets a representative listed the three coke machines--although one was non-functioning, the fax machine and three five gallon buckets of pickles, left over when the concession stand closed.
See, here' the problem: If you don't have races you can't make money, so you just need to schedule more races and you can grow your way out of this dilemma, right Sally Briggs, general manager of Gulf Greyhound Park.
Gulf Greyhound Park has delayed applying for live race dates in 2012 and part of 2013 as the state racing commission ponders ways to recoup about $1.7 million in annual funding taken from it by the Texas Legislature. While the commission said it’s too early to know how it will try to recover the money, it’s clear operators at the dog racing track, 1000 FM 2004 in La Marque, expect they will have to pay more to the state in fees and won’t schedule lives races until they know how much.Aw nuts. Money, money, money. It's always about the money. If only there was a venture capitalist out there, and investor with a love of
Crime clan head Eddie Lyons has gone to the dogs ... in the world of greyhound racing. Lyons, 53, is the proud owner of two dogs which he pays to be kept in training. The serial gambler frequently visits his prized dogs at the Stirlingshire kennel. One source said: "Eddie is never out the bookies and has been a big punter for years."OK this looks pretty good. The guy's already paying money into greyhound racing so he can't be very smart, he's a "serial gambler" so he's used to losing, and he apparently can get to the track on his own without getting lost. Win win, no?
"More recently, he's become a massive fan of dog racing and often attends race nights at Shawfield in Glasgow. "There's some decent money to be made for the top owners but he's not in that league yet," the source continued.Well, if by "decent money" you mean bus fare home with enough left over for a pack of smokes, then yeah baby, let's get us some of that sweet, sweet "decent money."
"These two dogs could hardly run the length of themselves but I think the plan is to breed them one day," the source said.OK wait a minute. The guy is spending money to train dogs that can't race in the hopes that he will be able to breed them someday because people will be looking for racing dogs that come from a line of dogs that can't race, is that it?
That seems to be it.
Perfect! You couldn't find a person more suited to invest in greyhound racing if you built them from the ground up. Happy days are here again, right Audrey?
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