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August 31, 2012

Spring 2014 opening eyed for Ohio racetrack

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NEW CASTLE — STILL ON TRACK

Wilmott said for a racetrack/casino complex on this side of the Penn/Ohio border in Mahoning Township “shouldn’t affect our plans or prevent our project from going forward.”

American Harness Tracks chairman Charles Long said his organization is not yet in the position to anticipate a groundbreaking.

Although American Harness holds the state-issued license to conduct harness racing, a change in the investors of the organization has required action by the Pennsylvania State Harness Racing Commission to investigate the new financial partners.

“We are moving the process ahead as aggressively as we can,” Long said yesterday.

Although the Harness Commission staff has been directed to “move ahead with all haste” on its investigation, Long said he has no timetable for when to expect action.

“After we hear from the Harness Commission, we will take the next immediate step which is to present our application to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. We are prepared to do that,” he said.

“We have no control over who opens first,” Long said. “What is in our control is to build a facility that is competitive from an amenities standpoint. What is most important is not bringing people through the door first but bringing them through the door again and again. That is what we are focused on.”

(Email: nlowry@ncnewsonline.com)

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