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PHILADELPHIA-A dirt-and-turf thoroughbred horse race track with on-site entertainment, concert and casual and fine dining facilities is planned for Erie, PA by MTR Gaming Group, which is based at the Mountaineer Race Track & Gaming Resort in Chester, WV. Presque Isle Downs, a new MTR subsidiary, was granted a license to conduct thoroughbred horse racing and pari-mutuel wagering by the Pennsylvania StateHorse Racing Commission.

The facility is scheduled for completion in time for the 2004 racing season.

Calls to MTR regarding cost, size and location, were not returned by press time.

In addition to the Mountaineer track and resort, MTR operates the Ramada Inn and Speedway Casino in North Las Vegas, and the Ramada Inn in Reno, NV.

Edson R. Arneault, MTR’s president and chief executive officer, thanked the people of Erie for their support in a statement, adding, “We are enthusiastic about building in Erie, which is already a resort and tourist destination…the new facility will present cross marketing opportunities with Mountaineer, which is approximately 150 miles from Erie.

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