HARRISBURG, Pa. – A newly licensed racetrack in Lawrence County will bring new jobs, visitors and economic opportunity to western Pennsylvania, Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff said recently as the state’s last remaining harness racing license was awarded to Valley View Downs LP.
Valley View Downs will be the first 1-mile harness racing track in Pennsylvania, a historic benchmark that the commission feels represents the future of the industry.
The commission voted unanimously, ending nearly five years of an evidentiary, administrative and investigatory process.
Compromise. Valley View Downs and Bedford Downs had vied for the license, but the hopefuls decided to combine aspects of both proposals to create the amended Valley View Downs application.
The decision clears the way for Valley View Downs to apply for a gaming license before the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, which licenses and regulates all casino and slots gaming in the state.
The commission regulates all aspects of Standardbred racing and pari-mutuel wagering, as well as all off-track wagering facilities around the state.
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