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Arizona Tracks Seek Fair Share of Market

24 November 2000

ARIZONA – Nov. 24, 2000 – As reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal: "…A group of three racetrack owners has asked an Arizona judge to prevent Gov. Jane Hull from signing new gaming compacts.

"The racetrack owners filed suit last week against Hull, Attorney General Janet Napolitano and Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley, claiming that compacts now being negotiated would violate state and federal laws by legalizing blackjack and allowing tribes to add slot machines.

"…Neil Wake, a lawyer representing the racetrack owners, said the pari-mutuel betting industry wants a fair chance to compete with Arizona's 19 tribal casinos.

"Wake represents American Greyhound Racing Inc., which owns Apache Greyhound Park and co-owns Phoenix Greyhound Park; Western Racing Inc., the other co-owner of the Phoenix park; and T.P. Racing, which owns Turf Paradise in north Phoenix.

"Their suit contends that the state lacks the authority to grant gambling rights to one group that are otherwise illegal under Arizona law.

"…Hull's Press Secretary Francie Noyes denied claims that the new compacts would expand gaming, saying that the negotiations have been confidential…"

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