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From a broken Jumbotron to overgrown grass to a sometimes unusable turf course, horse racing enthusiasts ticked off their complaints Wednesday about the Fair Grounds in New Orleans.

State Reps. Patrick Connick, R-Marrero, and Helena Moreno, D-New Orleans, blamed the facility's owner, Churchill Downs, and accused the Kentucky company of spending profits from the facility's slot machines on out-of-state investments.

They said the whole idea behind allowing slot machines at the racetrack was to help finance the local horse facility.

'We thought it was going to be a great thing, but slowly things have deteriorated,' Connick told the Louisiana House Committee on the Administration of Criminal Justice.

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