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Woodlands gets 60 more days with a license

TOPEKA | Kansas racing officials will give the shuttered Woodlands dog and horse track in Wyandotte County more time to reopen before revoking its racing license.

The Woodlands will have 60 days to submit a plan to reopen or it will have its license taken away, the state’s Racing and Gaming Commission decided Friday.

The Woodlands closed last year after years of losing money. Track owners had hoped to operate a state-controlled slot parlor at the facility, but those plans fell through when state lawmakers wouldn’t promise the track a bigger share of gambling revenue.

So far, Kansas lawmakers have shown little interest in revising the law.

Woodlands president and principal owner Howard T. Grace could not be reached for comment.

Two other race tracks — in Wichita and Frontenac — also have closed. Those tracks also will get 60 days to submit a new business plan.

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