Joe Gorajec, executive director of the commission, said the petition was to be discussed at the Tuesday meeting. "The most pertinent question is if anything can be done with the current (license) application or if a new application must be filed," Gorajec said. "Their petition is all encompassing."Estridge, a Carmel, Ind., real estate developer, had proposed to construct a live harness racing facility with multi-breed simulcasting on the site of an abandoned drive-in theater in Lawrence. Estridge has attempted to develop a harness track for 10 years -- first in the Shelbyville area, then at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.
Heavy opposition to the Estridge request came from Kentucky-based Churchill Downs, majority owner of Hoosier Park, and the city of Anderson, which receives tax money from the track. Hoosier Park replied to the petition by requesting the commission issue a stay of the original vote.