Dixon Racetrack Plan Moving Forward


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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, September 11, 2006

The project manager for the proposed Dixon Downs racetrack – John O’Farrell – says Wednesday night’s meeting moves the project closer to a final vote. 

"It’s really the beginning of the end of a 6 year path to a decision on whether or not a thoroughbred horse race track and training center and multi-use development will be approved within the city of Dixon."

O’Farrell says the $250 million facility would be a boon to the local economy. 

"Roughly $3.5 million a year – that’s new revenue after all expenses are paid."

But some Dixon residents like Gail Preston say the racetrack would hurt their quality of life. 

"So we’ve got traffic, air quality and problem gambling is a big item for us."

The racetrack would be built off of Interstate-80 and include an 1,800 seat open-air grandstand. A final vote could come by the end of October.