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Ohio Considers Instant Racing Already Used in Arkansas

AKRON, OHIO - Ohio lawmakers are considering a measure to allow horse-racing tracks in the state to install instant racing machines like those in use at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas.  Owners of the seven tracks in Ohio say they've been hit hard by slot machines and casino gambling in neighboring states.

Lou Cella, a member of the family that owns the Hot Springs track, said the machines kept Oaklawn from going under when it faced the same problems in the 1990s.  Cella said the track had to come up with something or close down, its situation was so dire.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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