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Horsemen want a Philly stake

Nov 26, 2002 6:01 AM

Now that it appears that Pennsylvania is on the road toward approving slot machines at the state’s racetracks, a couple of groups want to bring those machines right inside the Philadelphia city limits.

A group that has identified itself as representative of the Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association has filed an application to build a racetrack within the city’s metropolitan area. The facility would have live racing for some 50 days a year but its principal source of income would be the expected slot machine installation.

So far, the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission has only acted on one new application. That was filed by MTR Gaming Group (MNTG) for a $56 million racetrack just south of Erie. It received unanimous approval last week.

Another petition is awaiting action. Seaport Park Racing Association, a company that is affiliated with Greenwood Racing, operator of Philadelphia Park, that is located in the Philadelphia suburb of Bensalem, has filed an application for a track license but some concerns have been expressed since Greenwood already has two racing licenses.

The Horsemen’s Park group said that if a license is granted they will be looking for a racetrack and gaming operator to manage their facility.