Minnesota’s two horse tracks, which are arguably collateral damage in the state shutdown, were told again today that they can’t reopen.
Judge Kathleen Gearin rejected another plea from Canterbury Park and Running Aces, which means the tracks will be closed at least another weekend, even if Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislators are working towards ending the 14-day shutdown.
Some owners and trainers have already begun taking their horses to other tracks.
Even though the tracks are private, they are regulated by the state racing commission. More than 1,500 employees at the two tracks have been laid off since July 1.