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Off-Track Betting (1988)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, Covington, St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1988-03-4

Duration: 00:06:07

Subjects: Elections, 1988 | Gambling | Horse racing | Sports betting


  • Lormand, Ken Host
  • Babin, Babs Speaker
  • Vetter, Rob Speaker
  • Fogleman, Bill Interviewee
  • Vetter, Rob Interviewee
  • Lohman, Jack Interviewee
  • Patton, J.W., III Interviewee
  • Beauchamp, A.R. Interviewee


This segment from the March 4, 1988, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Ken Lormand’s report on the upcoming March 8th vote to legalize off-track betting parlors for horse racing in three parishes, St. Bernard Parish, St. James Parish, and West Baton Rouge Parish. His report includes highlights of a public hearing on the issue in West Baton Rouge Parish and a visit to “The Finish Line,” a newly opened betting parlor in Covington. Lormand interviews: Bill Fogleman of the Evangeline Downs racetrack in Lafayette; Rob Vetter of the West Baton Rouge Development Club; Jack Lohman of “The Finish Line”; J.W. Patton, III, a police juror in West Baton Rouge Parish; and Reverend A.R. Beauchamp of Port Allen.