A Pennsylvania state representative has revealed to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that negotiations are underway between Bedford Downs and Valley View Downs to combine their applications for the final harness racing license in the state instead of vying against each other.
Although Rep. Chris Sainato of Beaver County declined to give specific details of the negotiations, he said, “We’re doing everything we can to make sure this thing comes to Western Pennsylvania. If we can get both sides to work something out, it’s a win-win for everybody.”
Both groups have already submitted individual applications, with the state Harness Racing Commission having a July 2009 deadline in which to make a final decision.
\"I would imagine the strengths that each entity would bring to the table, if you combined them, would be an advantage,\" said Dan Vogler, chairman of the Lawrence County board of commissioners.