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Ohio Track Still Awaiting Racing Licence

Published: January 15, 2014 2:04 pm ET

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It has been reported that Miami Valley Raceway, the new racino in Lebanon, Ohio, has yet to acquire a licence to conduct live racing, but that officials with the track are expecting to be licenced before the raceway’s opening card on February 7.

The news comes courtesy of a report by the Cincinnati Business Courier, which states that one of the issues has to do with whether or not there will be live pari-mutuel tellers on site to take wagers from customers.

The article has quoted Ohio State Racing Commission Chairman Bob Schmitz as saying that the commission has taken issue with some aspects of the setup at the raceway. “Hopefully we’ll work through these,” Schmitz was quoted as saying, adding, “I think there will be a resolution.”

The report also cites horsepeople as saying that they have some concerns with some aspects of the facility, including raceway configuration and stabling.

The article cites a racino spokeswoman as saying, “Miami Valley Gaming has successfully worked with the Ohio State Racing Commission in the past to address its concerns and are continuing that dialogue now.”

The spokeswoman, Amanda Wurst, went on to state that, “Miami Valley Gaming is confident everything will be set for the opening of the racing season in February.”

(With files from the Cincinnati Business Courier)

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