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Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina.
Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina.Photographer: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images
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Biden’s Rescue Money Doled Out to Racehorse Owners, Influencers

States, flush with cash, are spending federal pandemic aid on niche projects

When President Joe Biden made the case for a nearly $200 billion pandemic aid package to help states dodge budget cuts and layoffs, quarter-horse racing never came up.

Yet, Arizona is now using a portion of its aid to boost purses at three of its horse tracks. Alaska is paying social-media influencers to promote the state’s famous seafood. And North Carolina is funding improvements to a speedway for Nascar races and building new walking trails dedicated to the history of moonshine.