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DETROIT-A plan to build a $200-million horse racing facility on a 220-acre site is in the works by Magna Entertainment Corp., says Guy Snyder of the Great Lakes Construction Alliance in Detroit. The site is located in Romulus, just north of I-94 between Vining and Merriman roads close to Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, Snyder says.

The project would have a 1.25-mile dirt racetrack, a 1-mile turf track and a harness track.

However, it’s not clear whether the project would include slot machines.

“The lack of these electro-mechanical bandits, coupled with competition for gamblers by the four casinos in and adjacent to southeastern Michigan, has been cited as a significant reason for Ladbrook DRC’s demise,” says Snyder about the former Livonia racetrack that folded four years ago.

He says Magna, whose race track holdings include Pimlico in Maryland, may want to fly in internationally-known racehorses.

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