Applicant drops bid for historic horse racing in Wichita place

Subsequent week, the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission will decide on exactly where a 1,000-equipment historic horse racing facility will be created in Sedgwick County.

But just one applicant, Flint Hills Leisure, has withdrawn its bid to assemble these types of an attraction in Towne West Sq., KRGC Govt Relations Manager Randy Evans confirmed to The Eagle.

“This was strictly voluntary on their portion. Their software was accepted by the KRGC, and they selected to withdraw about 30 times or so ago,” Evans said of Flint Hill Entertainment, whose application also involved plans for a horse racing keep track of in Eureka.

Paul Treadwell — the gentleman guiding Flint Hills Amusement, according to secretary of state records, and proprietor of Dandales Western Retail store in Wichita — could not be attained for comment.

The two remaining bids to create a location where people today can wager on beforehand operate horse races beneath Kansas’ 2022 sports betting law are from Wichita developer George Laham and authentic estate magnate Phil Ruffin.

Ruffin needs to establish a facility in the 72-acre Wichita Greyhound Park that he procured from Sedgwick County in 2018. Wichita GC Charities Inc. is listed on the application along with Ruffin Holdings Inc.

Laham, in conjunction with Boyd Gaming Inc. and Supporting Kansas Veterans Inc., needs to build a location named the Diamond Jo casino just south of Hartman Arena in Park Town that would also characteristic a steakhouse, a bar and a convention room.

Information of both bids have not been created community. A consultant for the Boyd Gaming proposal did not answer to repeated calls and a Ruffin Holdings agent declined to share a lot more information ahead of up coming week’s collection.

Picking a winner

Historical horse racing equipment resemble slot equipment and allow bettors to select horses primarily based on their observe document. Bettors really do not get to know the title of the horse or jockey or the day or track where the race was operate.

After bettors make their assortment, a display on the equipment will exhibit a movie clip of the past couple seconds of the race.

State legislation permits for only 1,000 this sort of equipment in Sedgwick County, indicating the fee should select one proposal.

The a few-day range method is open to the community and will start at 9 a.m. Tuesday inside of Wichita’s Drury Plaza Lodge Broadview on West Douglas.

Working day one will attribute shows from both candidates, inquiries from commissioners and a economical evaluation.

Evans said copies of the displays will not be posted on the web ahead of the community remark part of the conference, which is scheduled for 1:45 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, after feed-back from regional govt and organization representatives.

“We are hoping with the prior advance discover of these hearings having area that interested get-togethers can go to,” Evans reported.

Published remarks can also be despatched to [email protected] for commissioners to overview in advance of the final variety, which is tentatively scheduled for 4:15 p.m. Thursday.