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Pa. slots change criticized

October 20, 2006

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A story in Friday’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette stated a vote earlier this week by the state House that would allow for the final racetrack/slots license to go to a non-racetrack casino instead of a harness track is being criticized by harness horsemen in Pennsylvania.

Five racetracks have received slot licenses with a sixth going toward a new Thoroughbred racetrack. The seventh license was earmarked for a new Standardbred racetrack in western Pennsylvania. The Senate has not yet voted on the change that will allow the license to be converted to a non-track site in July 2008.

\"The loss of the fourth harness track would be a mortal blow to our progress in promoting the state\'s harness racing,\" Standardbred Breeders Association of Pennsylvania executive director Paul Spears told the Post-Gazette.
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