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    Horses from the Noel Meade stables take part in early morning gallops during ahead of this weeks Festival at Cheltenham racecourse in England. If a Putnam restaurant gets its way, you could be betting on galloping horses as you dine.

    David Landry wants you to be able to be able to lay down a bet for a horse to win, place or show as you wait for your burger, pasta or steak.

    The owner of J.D. Cooper's on Park Road in Putnam plans to open an off-track betting room in November and hopes to get the state’s approval in time for the Kentucky Derby in May.

    Ironically, the restaurant was formerly called The Stables Restaurant.

    Once the state says OK, he wants to allow you to place bets Monday through Sunday.

    Landry has rewritten plans after the state Liquor Control Commission denied his initial application for a "sports facility permit."

    He is teaming up with New York-based Autotote Enterprises to set up and run the betting operation.

    Autotote bought the money-losing Connecticut OTB system from the state government in 1993 for $25 million and has converted it into what the company calls the world’s most profitable OTB network, the Norwich Bulletin reports.

    Autotote properties in Connecticut include: Sports Haven in New Haven and the Bradley Teletheater near the Windsor Locks international airport, according to the Norwich Bulletin.

    It also helps manage Mohegan Sun’s race book. Parent Scientific Games supplies wagering terminals to the Connecticut Lottery.