Race­track with ‘mov­ing grand­stand’ pro­posed

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CLO­VIS, N.M. (AP) — A Las Ve­gas casino ex­ec­u­tive is propos­ing a new race­track and casino in eastern New Mex­ico with a “mov­ing grand­stand” that will al­low an au­di­ence to travel along­side run­ning horses.

Daniel Lee, pres­i­dent and CEO of the Ne­vada-based Full House Re­sorts, is vy­ing for New Mex­ico’s sixth race­track/casino li­cense and hopes his $200 mil­lion re­sort and race­track with the shift­ing grand­stand will set him apart.

Full House Re­sorts said the mov­ing grand­stand would cir­cle the track, trav­el­ing at the same speed as the race­horses.

“In a typ­i­cal race, spec­ta­tors in the grand­stand only see two brief mo­ments of a race — its start and the clos­ing sec­onds at the fin­ish line,” Lee said in a state­ment. “Our mov­ing grand­stand changes that, al­low­ing spec­ta­tors to race side-by-side with the horses for ev­ery dra­matic sec­ond of the race.”

In ad­di­tion to the race­track, the pro­posed “La Posada del Llano” in­cludes a casino, lux­ury ho­tel, 18-hole golf course, wa­ter park, and other ameni­ties near the New Mex­i­coTexas bor­der in Clo­vis, New Mex­ico.

The de­vel­op­ment will also fea­ture a pre­mium RV park, a wa­ter park lo­cated in the track’s in­field, and 5 miles (8 kilo­me­ters) of recre­ational rid­ing trails, ac­cord­ing to the com­pany’s pro­posal.

La Posada is one of five groups in in­tense com­pe­ti­tion to win the New Mex­ico race­track/casino li­cense.

New Mex­ico Rac­ing Com­mis­sion Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor Izzy Trejo said 11 groups sub­mit­ted let­ters of in­tent ear­lier this month, but five tied to Ra­ton, New Mex­ico, and one from Las Ve­gas, New Mex­ico, failed to sub­mit for­mal ap­pli­ca­tions by Fri­day’s dead­line.

Three ap­pli­ca­tions from Clo­vis, New Mex­ico, one from Tu­cum­cari and one from Lords­burg near the south­ern Ari­zona bor­der re­main.

The New Mex­ico Rac­ing Com­mis­sion will hold pub­lic hear­ings on the ap­pli­ca­tions and is ex­pected to de­cide by the end of the year.

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