Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Racing Panel to Consider $48 Million Track in Enid

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Racing Panel to Consider $48 Million Track in Enid

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An application for a $48 million dollar pari-mutuel racing track near Enid was officially recognized Thursday by the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission at its regular monthly meeting.

The track is proposed for a site approximately 3 1/2 miles east of Enid in Garfield County by International Raceways Inc.

The Enid track is being proposed by O.J. Glass of Valley, Neb., and Joseph L. "Butch" Maiburg of Enid.

The application was filed March 11, and calls for racing during the months of February, March, April and May to last for a total 55-day period, and meets in August, September, October and November for a total 85-day period.

Plans for the Enid track include seating for a total of 19,440 people with additional standing room. The facility would be able to hold a maximum of 20,000 people.

An eight month construction schedule, pending acceptance of the application by the commission, is anticipated for the project.

The commission is expected to make a decision on the application at a later date.

In other action, Jefferson Haney, of East-West of Miami, Inc., developer of a proposed $42 million race track in Oklahoma County, told the commission he was "embarrassed" his application for a license is not yet complete and made an offer to withdraw the application if it is not finalized in the next two weeks.

"We are embarrassed that it (the application) is still here and still incomplete," Haney told the commission. "We're saying we do not want to put the commission through any more problems with it. We are either going to resolve it or take it out of your hands so you won't have to worry about it any longer."

Two things need to be addressed before the East-West application is complete, according to Jack Boyd, executive director of the commission.

"No financing plan has yet come through for the project, and further, we have no documentation in our records with respect to East-West having obtained the site where they plan to build the track,"Boyd said. …

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