Didn't Henry County already have this before? How did that turn out?
it turned out pretty great actually. the reason it closed was the state and the organization didn't renew their agreement. if there are no races, there is no reason to have an OTB. this is also a different group i understand than colonial downs.
Ummmm ... curious as to what evidence you have for it being "pretty great?"
My personal experience was that when Colonial Downs opened, it was absolutely packed. Elbow to elbow, people drank, ate, and bet on horses, having a great time and hoping for a quick lick (big score) and a lucky night. However, the uniqueness of the experience wore off as with most things, especially considering the betting on horses is a mostly losing venture for the majority of players.
Within a year the OBT was inhabited by day only by a few well versed gamblers who may or may not have been making a profit. By night it got a little busier, but still, you couldn't have filled the tables at the D&A Cafe with the "crowd" at Colonial Downs. Regardless of the agreement not being renewed, Colonial Downs had way too much overhead for what little revenue they brought in, and the regulars that I talked to sensed that it couldn't go on, and were surprised to lasted as long as it did.
Dutch Inn may have a little better situation at hand as they have a pretty regular crowd that will be going "to the Dutch" and have the added bonus of playing the horsies. As opposed to the Colonial Downs model of going to bet on the horse races and teh added bonus of being able to drink while you are there.
All this to say, betting on horses is an extremely difficult task and one that requires supreme knowledge of the sport, the horses, the jockeys, conditions, etc. if one plans to win beyond a run of luck.
Probably still better odds than playing the lottery though : )