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Chairman: Shawnee wants to work with local track

21 November 2007

OKLAHOMA -- As reported by the Oklahoman: "The Shawnee Tribe's economic development chairman scoffed at the idea that a tribal casino a mile away would cripple Remington Park Racing Casino, and said Tuesday that the tribe wants to work with the horse track-gaming center.

"Greg Pitcher, head of Shawnee Development LLC, said there is room for more gaming in Oklahoma City.

"Scott Wells, vice president and general manager of Remington Park, doubted the tribe's sincerity and said the businesses were too different to work together.

"On Monday, Pitcher revealed the tribe's plans for a casino, hotel, shops and tribal headquarters on 104 acres fronting Interstate 35, on the west, between Britton Road and Wilshire. The Shawnee Tribe is working with Milwaukee-area investors who paid $4.5 million for the land last week.

"...He said it would be a 'shame' if a tribal development hurt Remington Park, which just passed its second anniversary as a "racino" — a horse-racing track with gaming machines — made possible by approval of statewide ballot in 2004..."

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