A CASINO WITH MANURE IN YOUR BACKYARD

The horse racing bill (in the MO Senate) is being pushed by C.J. Cella of St. Louis, owner of Oaklawn Park, a thoroughbred track in Ark., and Mayor Tom Brown of St. Peters. Mr. Brown thinks a site on the Missouri River floodplain off Interstate 370 and Spencer Road would be ideal for what he calls this "family entertainment" attraction.

This would be a bare-bones track (open 2 months of the year) attached to an elegant, casino-like betting parlor (bookie joint open year round). It would create a handful of low-paying jobs. In effect, a casino with horse manure.

Mr. Cella's Arkansas track offers "instant racing" machines, which are little more than slot machines with a horse racing theme. *

* Information from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial 4/25/02

TRACK FACTS

ACROSS THE NATION,
AILING HORSE RACING TRACKS ARE

  • fraught with crime, money
    laundering, the mob, drugs
     
  • adding thousands of slot machines
     
  • promoted as family destinations -
    a great place for the kids
     
  • poorly regulated - severe abuses
    of track employees & animals
     
  • struggling financially
     
  • going into bankruptcy
     
  • subsidized with taxpayer funds
     
  • highly addictive

St. Peters residents: To oppose this track casino
call Mayor Brown and council members at
:

Tom Brown Mayor(636) 397-7777
Ward 1: Terry Hawkins (636) 397-8787 & John 'Rocky' Reitmeyer (636) 939-0696
Ward 2: Jeff Morrison (636) 397-6412 & Jerry Hollingsworth (636) 978-3444
Ward 3: Len Pagano (636) 928-1381 & Michelle Stiens (636) 922-3777
Ward 4: Bob Morrison (636) 477-9920 & Patrick Barclay (636) 447-0964

Alert family, friends & churches to call

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