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4 Groups Still Want Thoroughbred Racing Track License

17 August 2004

HARRISBURG -- As reported by the Post-Gazette: "A year ago, there were nine groups seeking the sixth and final license for a thoroughbred racing track in Pennsylvania.

"As of yesterday, the list was down to four, said Kristina Watson, spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission.

"Among those dropping out of consideration for the thoroughbred track license are Oxford Development Co., which had proposed a track in Beaver County, and Edson "Ted'' Arneault, president of Mountaineer racetrack in Chester, W.Va., who is expected to concentrate on attempts to open a slots casino with Pittsburgh Penguins owner Mario Lemieux.

"...The law specifies that only one more track -- a harness-racing track -- will be eligible to also get a slots casino license. The combination of a racetrack and casino is sometimes called a "racino.''

"...Remaining in the race for a thoroughbred track license are Charles Betters, a Beaver County developer who wants to put a track in the Hays section of Pittsburgh; 1935 Inc., the Biros family of South Versailles, which is proposing a track in southeastern Allegheny County; Bedford Downs Management Co., which wants to build either a thoroughbred track or harness track in Lawrence County; and 100% Purses, which wants to build a track near Allentown in eastern Pennsylvania..."

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