HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania gaming regulators say the amount of money wagered at the state's horse racing tracks rose 12 percent last year to $776.9 million.
The state has six horse-racing tracks and last year's total is the highest since the state start of slot-machine gambling in 2006.
Gaming Control Board Chairman William Ryan Jr. says the report out Wednesday shows the horse racing industry continues to benefit from revenue generated by casinos.
A portion of the total revenue generated from slot machines is earmarked for the horse-racing industry.
Last year, slot machine tax revenue generated about $272 million for the Pennsylvania Race Horse Development Fund; officials say about $224 million of that was earmarked for the horse-racing industry, going toward purses, breeding operations, health and pension benefits for horsemen and other things.
There are six horseracing tracks in Pa:
Pocono Downs in Wilkes Barrre;
Penn National in Dauphin County near Harrisburg;
Harrah's Philadelphia Racetrack in Philadelphia;
Parx Racing in Bensalem, Bucks County;
The Meadows in Meadow Lands, just north of Washington and
Presque Isle Downs in Erie.
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