Panel delays vote on Churchill Downs' Fair Grounds


NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Louisiana State Racing Commission has delayed action on a new 10-year license for Churchill Downs Inc. to hold horse racing and operate slot machines at The Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans.

The commission's decision to delay action Tuesday follows complaints from the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association and others about conditions at the track. ' The Times-Picayune reports ( ) that the Racing Commission scheduled a special meeting May 1 to discuss the licensing.

Fair Grounds president Tim Bryant issued a statement saying the track has provided the commission with a plan to improve facilities and operations.

Meanwhile, a bill moving through the state Legislature would require that 10 percent of net slot machine proceeds at the track go to maintenance and capital improvements.



from: The Times-Picayune,

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