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Bangor Racetrack License in Effect

23 February 2004

BANGOR, Maine – As reported by the Bangor News: ``Bangor Historic Track's conditional license will go into effect today despite a last-ditch effort by CasinosNo! to derail it in court. But it will be months before the track's owner begins operating slot machines at the site. Penobscot County Superior Court Justice Andrew Mead denied a motion Friday afternoon to stay the decision of the Maine State Harness Racing Commission to grant the conditional license to Penn National Gaming, owner of the Bangor track.

``However, Mead "fast-tracked" appeals of the commission's decision made earlier this week. Mead met with attorneys after Friday's hearing in Penobscot County Superior Court to discuss scheduling so he can rule on legal challenges by March 31.

``The harness racing season is slated to open May 21 in Bangor.

``James Kilbreth, the Portland attorney representing CasinosNo!, said after the hearing that the result was not unexpected and noted other challenges were still to be made…"

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