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Horse Racing is Back in the Tri-Cities for Another Year

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Horse racing brings in nearly $3 million a year for the Tri-Cities. Horse racing brings in nearly $3 million a year for the Tri-Cities.
KENNEWICK, WA- Benton County Commissioners and the Tri-City Horse Racing Association reached another deal that will allow racing to once again happen at Sun Downs.

After a deal was reached, the Benton County Commissioners and the Horse Racing Association still have a few details to work out.

With what has been a declining industry, only two facilities are left in the state.  One at Emerald Downs in Auburn and Sun Downs in Kennewick.

Horse racing brings in nearly 3 million dollars every year to the Tri-Cities and most of that money stays in the region because people travel to the Tri-Cities to catch the races.

One local trainer said the deal was a good thing for this area and for her family.

"I work a part time job and this helps me out. It's been a part of my life.  My whole family has raced horses, has horses, involved with horses and to not have racing in the Tri-Cities would be a detriment to us," said local horse trainer, Carrie Hoburg.

In the past, deals for racing were five-year contracts, but that stopped after economic hard times.  They were not sure if the industry was going to survive in the Tri-Cities.

The season officially begins in April.  In the future, commissioners and the Tri-City Horse racing Association hope to make multi-year deals instead of just one year contracts. 
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