ATLANTA – A group of horseracing supporters announced Monday plans for a residential and commercial development centered on a track likely to be built in metro Atlanta.
The Georgia Horse Racing Coalition predicts the 250-acre complex would bring more than 5,000 jobs, although it won’t predict where it would be located. It is designed by Missouri-based Populous Holdings Inc., architects for projects like the new Braves’ stadium, Yankee Stadium, Ascot Rasecourse in England and the Hong Kong Jockey Club.
“Our goal is to reinvent horse racing by combining a race track with a mixed-use development and park to create the ultimate fan experience at no expense to taxpayers,” says Dean Reeves, Coalition president and owner of 2013 Breeder’s Cup Classic winner, Mucho Macho Man.
The coalition is made up of horse breeders around the state. Although racing is legal in Georgia, betting on it isn’t, and so the coalition has been pushing in recent years to expand legal gambling to include betting on horse racings.
Casino developers are also lobbying the General Assembly to expand legal gaming to include them.
Separate bills in the legislature are awaiting action. If two-thirds of the legislators approve, voters would get the final say in November.