Arizona: Tribal gaming issues could derail bill to allow ‘historic horse racing’ gambling Jeremy Duda, AZ Mirror · March 6, 2021 at 4:30 pm Tribal opposition could sink a bill to allow wagering on old horse races, which comes as Gov. Doug Ducey is hoping to push through a new gaming compact and legislation to legalize sports betting in Arizona. Sen. David Gowan, R-Sierra Vista, is sponsoring legislation that would permit racetracks and off-track-betting parlors to offer historic horse racing, in which old races are stripped of identifying information so gamblers can bet on them using machines that resemble video slot machines. Racing interests touted the historic horse racing bill as a way to modernize and inject new life into an industry that has suffered declining interest and revenues. Brain Murray, a lobbyist who represents the company that operates the Arizona Downs racetrack in Prescott Valley, told the Senate Appropriations Committee that Arizona horse tracks have seen a 50% drop in their handles — the total amount bet on races — and a 60% drop in attendance since voters approved a massive expansion of Indian gaming in 2002.