Mountaineer's proposal to close early rejected

August 25, 2014 7:03 PM
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Mountaineer Casino Racetrack early closing proposal rejected The West Virginia Racing Commission has rejected Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort’s proposal to end December horse racing.

The commission says Mountaineer should instead reduce the number of daily races throughout the year from nine to eight.

The action was taken on the basis of an opinion by a hearing examiner.

Mountaineer said its proposal was prompted by concerns about reductions in its purse fund, competition from racetrack casinos in Pennsylvania and Ohio, and a shrinking field size.

The facility is owned and operated by MTR Gaming Group (MNTG).

Ray Poirier is the longtime executive editor at GamingToday.

Contact Ray at RayPoirier@GamingToday.com.

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