Wagering down at Remington Park

Thursday, January 8th 2004, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- A state audit of Remington Park shows the horse racing track is hemorrhaging attendance and money from wagers.

Wagering was down almost $8-million from last year during the track's August 22nd to November 30th run. During the same time, attendance dropped by 37,000 people, or 28%.

State Auditor and Inspector Jeff McMahan says Oklahoma's four pari-mutuel race tracks are hurting.

Remington Park general manager RD Logan says he hasn't seen the audit, and he wouldn't comment on it.

State Finance Director Scott Meacham wants the Legislature to approve a gaming bill to keep the race tracks afloat.

A draft of the bill calls for tournament-style cards games, such as poker and blackjack.