Betting on horses may soon race into cable subscriber's living rooms

Imagine having all the accessibility of live horseracing and the wagering, from the comforts of your own home. A company called Autotote wants to put live racing, combined with telephone betting, into the living room of every cable subscriber. The Shoreline Star Dog Track in Bridgeport, which offers simulcast racing, opposes the idea claiming it will lose out on potential customers. And the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling says a live racing channel with at home betting would also tempt Connecticut's youth, not to mention all those already addicted to gambling.Autotote says it has approached all the major cable companies and that they have expressed interest in the idea. The State Department of Special Revenue will hold a hearing on the live horseracing channel proposal Thursday in Newington.

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