Churchill Downs officials say gaming is an issue they've talked about for many years.  Downs spokesman John Asher says Kentucky is facing serious competition from other tracks that have slots.

He says the track will just have to wait and see what comes of the special session: "The great thing about it, going in to see that people do realize that there are issues in the horse industry, and there is really a crisis situation in horse industry with all the competition we face from other race tracks and other forms of gaming compeition."

Asher says there's a lot of new support for gaming, but he's seen some opposition as well.