New Pennsylvania Track to Have Synthetic Surface

Presque Isle Downs, which plans to open Sept. 1 for its inaugural Thoroughbred meet, will have a synthetic surface, and a decision on the manufacturer could be finalized by the end of April.

Presque Isle, located near Erie, Pa., opened for slot-machine gaming in mid-February. The target date to begin full-card simulcasts is mid- to late July, said Rose Mary Williams, director of racin

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