News & Updates

Session is Over, But We’re Not Done

June 13, 2017 – The legislative session is over and our bill didn’t pass. What now? While we didn’t pass a bill this session, the race isn’t over. Our bill isn’t dead. Kansas operates its legislative cycles on a two-year basis, so our bill is on the docket for next session. This way we can hit the ground running next year. Read more . . . 


Bring Racing Back to Kansas by Better Horses Radio

May 8, 2017 – Ernie Rodina explains to Better Horses Radio fans how to support bringing racing back to Kansas! Listen and share with your friends!


More Momentum

May 4, 2017 – The Senate Committee on Federal and State Affairs passed our bill with a supportive amendment and it will have a new number soon–HB 2386.  Once it is printed and placed on the Senate calendar it will be available for debate on the Senate floor.

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Horse Organization Seeking Solutions

April 30, 2017 – “All we are asking for is parity between horse racing and casino gambling tax percentages and bring back racing to Kansas,” said Jeff Rutland, owner of Rutland Ranch, Independence. . . Read the article at the Independence Daily Reporter.


Bill Further Validated

February 16, 2017 – Today, the Kansas House voted to move HB 2173 to the House Committee on Appropriations for a review on Economic and Revenue impact. This move further validates the positive economic impact that horse and greyhound racing will have on the Kansas Economy. When HB 2173 moves out of the Committee on Appropriations, it will facilitate a faster track through the House, Senate, and on to the Governor’s desk!


Racetrack Bill Moves on to the Full Kansas House

February 9, 2017 – House Bill 2173 has moved out of the House Committee on Federal and State Affairs and into the full House.


Racetrack Bill Filed in Kansas House

January 27, 2017 – “A bill that would make it easier for The Woodlands racetrack at 97th and Leavenworth Road to reopen was introduced Thursday in the Kansas House. The bill, House Bill 2173, was referred to the House Committee on Federal and State Affairs, which introduced it . . .

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 Bill Introduced

January 26, 2017 – A bill has been introduced in the Kansas Legislature to help reinvigorate racing in Kansas. House Bill 2173 is in the House Committee on Federal and Affairs. You may follow the bill and read more about it at the Kansas Legislature’s website.


Let’s Invest in Kansas Agriculture

January 23, 2017 – Bringing racing back to Kansas creates opportunities to invest in Kansas’ rich agriculture industry.

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New Revenue for Kansas Local and State Governments

January 17, 2017 – In a time when the state of Kansas is looking to close significant budget deficits, brining back racing to Kansas will provide an estimated $23 million in annual state and local tax revenue.

New Tax Dollars for Kansas

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Greater Kansas Racing Alliance Featured on Better Horses

January 13, 2017 – The Greater Kansas Racing Alliance was featured in a segment on Better Kansas City/Better Horses on Thursday, January 12, 2017. You can view the segment on KCTV 5’s Facebook page. Check it out! 


Lack of Jobs Cause People to Leave Kansas

January 2017 – According to reports out over the last two months, Kansas is losing jobs and people because of lack of job opportunity. This is why reopening Kansas horse and greyhound race tracks is so important.

Reopening The Woodlands Discussed at Legislative Hearing

January 6, 2017 – The Wyandotte Daily reports “State Sen. David Haley, D-4th Dist., said people often ask him what he can do to reopen The Woodlands . . . Mike Taylor, the lobbyist for the Unified Government, said the UG’s position on The Woodlands has changed from opposing the reopening to favoring it as long as The Woodlands provides benefits to the local community.”

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Greater Kansas Racing Alliance Airs Ad on Better Horses

October 2016


KCK commission advances a permit request to reopen The Woodlands

April 12, 2016 – The Woodlands Special Use Permit was issued with an 8-2 vote from the UG City Planing Commission! Testimony, presentations, and debate lasted over 2 hours and we were very successful in convincing the Planing Commission to issue the Special Use Permit. This is an important first step in reopening the Woodlands. While there is still much left to do, this sent a clear message that the Woodlands, and horse and greyhound racing is still extremely popular in Kansas.

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Press Release

March 18, 2016 – Kansas lawmakers began discussions this week on legislation that would reignite a key agriculture, tourism and entertainment sector of the Kansas economy. Read more . . .


 Jeff Rutland Interview

March 17, 2016


The Ag Issues Program

March 17, 2016 – On Thursday’s Ag Issues program, Jeff Rutland, with the Rutland Ranch in Independence joined us. Kimberly Svaty, who represents the Greater Kansas Racing Alliance also joined us on the Ag Issues program.


Congratulations Vicky Starr!

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March 2016 – Horse and greyhound enthusiasts from across Kansas had the opportunity to learn more about the Greater Kansas Racing Alliance and the “Race for Kansas” effort to bring horse and greyhound racing back to Kansas during two recent events held in Topeka – the Farm Show and Equifest. Supporters entered their name into a drawing to win a new John Deere Zero Turn Riding Lawn Mower. On March 4, a drawing was held at the Greater Kansas Racing Alliance office in Topeka and Vicki Starr of Fredonia, Kansas was the lucky winner! Monday, March 14, Ms. Starr, her husband and representatives of the Race for Kansas team visited Heritage Tractor to load up their new mower – just in time for the spring weather and grass growing season. Thanks to all Kansans who continue to support the horse and greyhound racing industry and economic opportunity for our state.


The Ag Issues Program

February 29, 2016 – Kimberly Svaty, who represents the Greater Kansas Racing Alliance updates listeners on HB 2537.


Bring Horses and Greyhounds Back To Kansas

February 15, 2016 – Letter to the Editor by Jamie Phillps – Rural Messenger  


AQHA News Brief

Initiative Looks to Return Live Racing to Kansas

January 7, 2016 – Group hopes to update 2007 bill that allows electronic gaming machines at the state’s tracks. Read More at AQHA.


The Agribusiness of Horse Racing

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An Under Appreciated Revenue Stream in Kansas  by Gail Radke


StallionESearch News Brief

January 7, 2016 – The Greater Kansas Racing Alliance has unveiled “Race for Kansas,” an initiative that is intended to create jobs and revitalize the state’s horse and greyhound racing industries. – Read more at: StallionESearch


American Racehorse News Brief

January 7, 2016 – The Greater Kansas Racing Alliance (Alliance) announces Race for Kansas, an initiative that will create jobs and revitalize the horse and Greyhound racing industry in Kansas. Read More: AmericanRaceHorse