Colorado’s casinos, horse track arm wrestle over who will cash in on sports betting Ben Markus, Colorado Public Radio · January 31, 2019 at 6:43 pm Most everyone in the gaming industry and in Colorado’s legislative leadership agree the state should legalize sports betting. But who should take the wagers is so hotly contested it risks scuttling the whole effort, according to sources familiar with negotiations. Many aren’t ready to throw in the towel yet. Lawmakers have only been back to work for a few weeks and a bill hasn’t even been introduced. “It is too early to say it’s stalled,” said Democratic House Majority Leader Alec Garnett. Still, Garnett thinks the sentiments shared by the different parties in the negotiations are accurate. The Denver lawmaker has worked for months to find common ground between the Arapahoe Park horse track in Aurora and Colorado’s mountain casinos in Black Hawk, Central City and Cripple Creek.