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Lawrence County racetrack-casino project takes big step forward |

Lawrence County racetrack-casino project takes big step forward

| Friday, November 4, 2011 12:00 a.m

American Harness Tracks, the group that took over a Lawrence County racetrack and casino project, received final approval from the state Harness Racing Commission to move the project forward, leaving the state Gaming Control Board as the final obstacle, Lawrence County Commissioner Dan Vogler said today.

The Harness Racing Commission gave the state’s last harness racing license to the group earlier this year after the project’s previous developer went bankrupt, but the commission included two conditions: American Harness Tracks had to secure at least $150 million in financing and present a management plan.

Vogler said the racing commissioners called him to say American Harness Tracks had met the conditions.

Now that it has the state’s last harness track license, the group must apply to the gaming board for the last casino license tied to a harness track.

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