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New York Racetrack Denied Operating License

State regulators have denied a 2004 racing application for troubled Vernon Downs, a Standardbred racetrack in central New York. The Feb. 27 ruling by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board prohibits racing at the facility and keeps shuttered a recently completed video lottery terminal casino.

New York Racino Stalled by Licensing Difficulties

Licensing problems have delayed, for possibly well into 2004, the opening of Vernon Downs, which was to become the first racetrack in New York with video lottery terminals. That honor will now go to Saratoga Raceway, which is scheduled to open its VLT operation in mid-January.

Vernon Downs Officials Appeal Denial of Licenses

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Mid-State Raceway key investor Shawn Scott and board chairman Hoolae Paoa, president and chief executive officer of the company's Vernon Downs, Miracle Isle Gaming Resort, and Miracle Isle video gaming facility subsidiaries, have appealed a decision by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board to deny their requests for permanent licenses.

Scott Challenges New Mexico License Decision

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Nevada businessman Shawn Scott, an applicant for a license to open a racetrack and casino in Hobbs, New Mexico, has filed a challenge to the state Racing Commission's selection of Ruidoso Downs owner R.D. Hubbard.

Racetrack Licensing on Hold in New Mexico

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The New Mexico Racing Commission will take no action on licensing a racetrack in Hobbs until early next year. The delay comes after Gov. Gary Johnson removed three members of the five-member commission in November.

Louisiana Legislators Wary of Racetrack Proposals

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Plans have been floated for two racetracks in Louisiana, but some legislators have asked the state racing commission not to issue any more licenses. They believe the plans are more about gaming than horse racing.

Former Delta Owner Seeks Tracks in Two States

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Former Delta Downs owner Shawn Scott wants to build a $25-million racetrack in New Mexico and take over a financially troubled Standardbred track in New York. Both facilities would be in line for slot machines and video lottery terminals.

Boyd Makes Payment to Former Delta Owner

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Boyd Gaming, which owns Delta Downs in Vinton, La., has paid $5.1 million to former owner Shawn Scott for his remaining interest in a proposed slot-machine parlor at the racetrack, according to recent filings by Boyd with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Delta Owner Says Employees to Stay on Payroll

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Boyd Gaming will keep all 700 new Delta Downs employees on its payroll even though it doesn't know when it will open its slot-machine casino at the Vinton, La., facility it purchased for $125 million.

Commission Puts Conditions on Delta Downs License

Though Delta Downs has secured a $7-million loan as payment for liens tied to construction work, the Louisiana State Racing Commission has ordered the track to submit a financial statement by Aug. 10 or risk loss of its license, according to published reports.

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