It has always been my understanding that the horse racing industry was latching on to the successful tailcoats of the casino gambling industry in a desperate, in my opinion pathetic, attempt to stay relevant. It seems obvious to me that horse racing has sort of bent their image to have anything in common with casinos so that they can seem entitled to casino gambling revenues or even to operate slot machines. It is no secret that slot machines are a big money maker at casinos, no pun intended, but they are also considered the workhorse of a casino as they make most of the money and pay most of the bills. So on the thin premise that horse racing is a form of gambling, horse racing industry likes to imply that they are justified in demanding slot machines as they are a longstanding gambling facility in most states.
However, for the first time I have heard a claim of the opposite. There are some people that believe that casinos are using the horse racing industry to move their agenda forward. In states where there is a suffering horse racing venue, casinos are being accused of using them as a means to establish a new casino. Casinos move in with promises of saving the horse racing industry just as a means to create another venue. If this is true, then casino have to know that horse racing is not exactly a viable gambling venue anymore. It such an expensive process for a sport with so little public interest.