Commission wants more grandstand seats at racino

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LEBANON, Ohio (AP) -- The Ohio State Racing Commission wants owners of a new racino in southwest Ohio to consider building a bigger grandstand for harness racing.

The commission on Thursday told the developers of the track in Lebanon that a 700-seat grandstand is too small. The track will also feature 1,800 slots-like video terminals.

The Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/VO4lmf ) reports that racing commission chairman Robert Schmitz said "horse racing is what brings people to the dance" and the commission wants to continue to promote it.

Amanda Wurst, a spokeswoman for the track owners, Miami Valley Gaming, said the 700 seats in the grandstand -- plus space to temporarily accommodate more guests -- is sufficient.

The racino, one of several in the works in Ohio, is expected to open in early 2014.

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Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com