MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A horse racetrack in the Twin Cities area has reached agreement with the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe to offer simulcast wagering on races at the tribe's casino in northern Minnesota.
The band's five-year agreement with Canterbury Park in Shakopee is made possible by legislation passed in 2012 that allows Minnesota tribes that currently operate casino gambling to simulcast horse racing telecasts from around the world.
"We are excited to work with Leech Lake to bring horse racing entertainment to northern Minnesota, where there are a lot of racing fans who have never had the opportunity to watch and wager on races from all over the country," said Canterbury Park President and CEO Randy Sampson.
Officials say money wagered on the simulcast races at the Northern Lights Casino in Walker, Minn., will go toward improvements on Ojibwe land and partially fund live racing purses at Canterbury Park, WCCO-TV (http://cbsloc.al/1djXdcP ) reported.
"There is significant interest in live horse racing in northern Minnesota, so we see a great opportunity to meet customer demand and continue to support our mission of community development," Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Chairwoman Carri Jones said in a statement. "We are thrilled to create these agreements with Canterbury Park and the organizations that represent world-class thoroughbred and quarter horse racing."
The agreement is subject to approval from the National Indian Gaming Commission and the Minnesota Racing Commission.
Information from: WCCO-TV, http://www.wcco.com