Newly appointed horse racing commissioner resigns

Thursday, July 24th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- A Norman veterinarian who was appointed to the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission this year, resigned Thursday.

Joe Carter resigned as he attended his first meeting as a member of the commission.

Carter criticized lawmakers for failing to pass a bill allowing horse tracks to offer electronic gaming similar to that at Indian casinos. He also says the Legislature should allow more input from horsemen and that Governor Brad Henry should appoint a horseman to the commission.

Carter says there is no optimism in the horse industry in Oklahoma and many are leaving the state for areas where they have a better chance to make money.