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Developers of Austintown racino may play a role in Valley View Downs project

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AUSTINTOWN, Ohio - The developer building the Austintown racino may also play a role in the development of a casino in Lawrence County.

A letter from the Pennsylvania State Harness Racing Commission grants Endeka Entertainment a 78-day extension to put together enough financing to build Valley View Downs Racetrack and Casino.

This is the third extension granted to Endeka since it bought Valley View's assets.  It now faces a May 31st deadline to show financial viability.

The extension was based on the need for more time to come to terms between Endeka and Penn National which would manage the facility. 

Penn National is in the process of building a thoroughbred racetrack and casino in Austintown.

Officials on both sides of the Ohio-Pennsylvania state line are not concerned about the two casinos being within 25 miles of each other.

A difference between the two is that table games will be legal at Valley View Downs.

"When you talk about the type of racing that's going to take place, thoroughbred racing as to harness racing, it's two different animals, so to speak. I really don't see a conflict at all between the two types of race tracks and racing," said Austintown Trustee Jim Davis. 

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