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Minnesota commission: Running Aces can open

March 22, 2013

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Running Aces got a green light to open its harness meet on June 1 on Thursday night at a meeting of the Minnesota Racing Commission.
Canterbury Park in suburban Minneapolis had filed a request that the commission revoke the gambling license at Running Aces because it is in a dispute with the track over a share of simulcast revenues generated at Running Aces on Thoroughbred races.
Canterbury and the horsemen who race there say Running Aces stopped making about $400,000 in purse contributions last August in violation of their gambling license. Running Aces says it stopped making the payments when Canterbury and the thoroughbred owners entered into an $80 million purse and marketing deal with Mystic Lake Casino, a nearby Native American gambling facility.
The Racing Commission was reportedly decided, but voted 5-4 in favor of Running Aces. Running Aces employs 600 people. Canterbury Park opens its doors to live racing May 17.
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