After conducting racing for more than 100 years, Rockingham Park will not open for live racing in 2010, the track announced March 10.
Live Thoroughbred racing at Rockingham Park may be a thing of the past, but there could be racing of another breed at the New Hampshire track in 2003.
Rockingham Park plans to close in a few years in what would mark the end of the state's first and only horse racing track. The owners of the 96-year-old track want to develop the 170-acre property in Salem for retail, office and residential use.
Racing could cease at New Hampshire's Rockingham Park this year because a bill that would have allowed video lottery terminals at the Salem facility is dead.
Edward Callahan, vice-president and general manager of Rockingham Park, is demanding a formal public apology from New Hampshire Republican gubernatorial candidate Gordon Humphrey over remarks made during a public hearing of the Ways and Means Committee of the New Hampshire House of Representatives. The committee conducted a public hearing Jan. 15 on four bills to expand gambling.