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by Shelby O'Neill
Much of the discontent in the Texas horse racing community centers on 22 acres right in the heart of downtown Austin. Smack dab in the middle of that land, inside the Texas Capitol Building, 181 state legislators (with the help of the man who lives around the corner in the governor’s mansion) have been dragging their feet for more than a decade on provisions that would improve the state’s rapidly deteriorating Thoroughbred racing industry. But 70 miles west of that pink granite dome, right on U.S. Hwy. 290, lies an oasis of hope, where breeder and owner Mike Grossman is bucking trends by bringing stallions, mares, and money to the Lone Star State.