It wasn't an easy ride. Magna Entertainment had proposed another$325 million racetrack in Romulus, but that project was dropped.Campbell applied for the license, and plans a thoroughbred course,though not with the slot machines that other tracks have requiredto stay afloat. Local and state opposition has come out in forceagainst more "racinos." Campbell tells GlobeSt.com that he doesn'tneed slots. "I'm a horseman, not a casino guy," he says. "Puttingin slots is not the objective here, and I can make it withoutthem."

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He and his wife, Lisa, run the board of the Pinnacle project,along with investors Jack Krasula and Michael McInerney. Thecompany expects to have Pinnacle up for racing by July 18, thoughwith temporary seating. Permanent seating will come next year.

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Campbell says he hopes coming to the races will become anotherday out for families. "We hope to have some good restaurants here,and I think there's a potential for a six-plex theater," he says. Aretail brokerage company will be hired to bring in tenants,Campbell says.

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He says that he hopes to hire more than 3,100 workers for thecomplex, which will be at I-275 and Eureka Road, right under theflight path for Detroit Metro, the largest airport in the state.The Wayne County Commissioners reportedly sold the land to Campbellfor $1 last week, with a caveat that the complex employ at least1,100 people by 2014, or pay a penalty of $50,000 per acre.

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Campbell has said that he wants to host the Michigan Derby atthe facility in April of each year, a sort of preparatory race forthe Kentucky Derby. If the same horse wins at both races, theowners would get a $5 million bonus, he says.

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