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Aust-Group Renews Bid For New York Gaming At Aqueduct
In New York "with the State's 2008 budget deadline looming, the group International Racing Management (whose stated mission is to attract new owners to the racing industry) has repeated its call for Australian-backed Capital Play to get the contract to run Aqueduct racetrack's gaming facility," reported thoroughbredtimes.com. Aqueduct "is slated to get 4,500 video lottery terminals that are expected to generate US$451 million in annual gross revenues" & IRM president Pamela Stokes Donehower has written an open letter to new Governor David Paterson "urging the state to let Capital Play develop Aqueduct as a destination resort with hotels, restaurants, shopping & high-end entertainment, in addition to gaming". Donehower added: Aqueduct's location, adjacent to JFK Airport, provides a unique opportunity to shine the light on live thoroughbred racing, which Capital Play & its international partnership consortium (including Australia's Victoria Racing Club) have pledged to do. Capital Play's commitment to put racing first & to partner with the New York Racing Association & horsemen from around the globe, provides new opportunities for focused efforts to ensure that New York racing will continue to be appreciated - and wagered on - as the best in the world." Capital Play is allied with Connecticut's Mohegan Sun: one of America's "most successful gaming operations".