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Pa. Suspends Harness Racing Dates At Harrah’s Casino In Chester

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(Capitol dome, Harrisburg, Pa.   File photo) Tony Romeo
  Tony Romeo is Harrisburg bureau chief for KYW Newsradio...
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By Tony Romeo

CHESTER, Pa., (CBS) — The state Harness Racing Commission has, for the time being, suspended this year’s racing dates at Harrah’s in Chester, scheduled to begin in mid-March.

For now Harrah’s casino operations are unaffected. KYW Harrisburg Bureau Chief Tony Romeo reports.

The status of horse racing at Harrah’s is of interest not just to race fans, but also because its casino license is contingent on it. It seems the state Harness Racing Commission wants to know what Harrah’s plans to do about the racing surface at its track in Chester, where a serious accident occurred in November.

Samantha Krepps, a spokeswoman for the commission, says there’s been no substantive response.

“The Harness Racing Commission has asked several times for some information. So we had to take action,” Krepps said.

Krepps emphasizes the race dates have been suspended, not Harrah’s racing license. A spokesman for the Gaming Control Board says only that Harrah’s casino operations are not affected at this point, but that the board will be “monitoring” the situation.

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