Although officials plan to bring racing back to Rockingham Park if expanded gambling becomes legal in New Hampshire, there is still a long way to go before horses step back onto the 107-year-old track.
“It is our intent to have live racing,” said William Wortman, co-principal and CEO of Millennium Gaming, which is bidding for a casino license in the state. “But that is going to depend upon a bunch of things like Suffolk Downs, what they do, and whatever else is happening in the region.”
Wortman also said that he didn't know yet what type of racing could take place at The Rock, or how many dates were likely, according to Blood-Horse.
New Hampshire legislators have filed two competing bills in favor of expanded gambling, and are optimistic that the measure will pass. Wortman says that if expanded gambling is legalized, he expects to be awarded a license for The Rock in 2014. Construction to the facility could be completed as early as 2016.
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