By Associated Press - Saturday, August 4, 2018

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The family of a businessman and long-time gambling advocate who died this year says it plans to continue operating the dog racing tracks he owned, reported.

The general manager of the Birmingham Race Course said recently that Milton McGregor’s family intends to continue operating that track and VictoryLand in Macon County.

Joe O’Neill, the general manager of Birmingham Race Course, said the McGregor family’s plans were relayed to him by McGregor’s son-in-law and chief operations officer of the track, Lewis Benefield.

“The family sat down after the funeral and got their situation together and decided to continue the operation in the same form that he envisioned,” O’Neill told the Birmingham Racing Commission recently. “The family’s wishes are to continue doing what he envisioned, and that’s finding other forms of gaming to bring to the facility.”

Benefield’s role as chief operations officer of the Birmingham track means that it has been business as usual despite McGregor’s death, O’Neill said.

“From an operational standpoint, not much has changed,” O’Neill said. “Mr. McGregor was the political right arm of the company and that loss is substantial. From an operational standpoint, Mr. McGregor really didn’t do day-to-day.”

The Birmingham track and VictoryLand offer live greyhound racing and allow wagering on horse races via simulcasting.

McGregor tried to expand into electronic bingo and installed the machines at VictoryLand. That prompted the state attorney general’s office to raid the Macon County location in 2013.

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