Wednesday, March 11, 2009

NM fairgrounds future uncertain as Downs delays move

Warped plywood is all that keeps the dirt horse track at the state fairgrounds from crumbling over the path to the old grandstands. The owner of the Downs at Albuquerque Racetrack and Casino announced plans last year to move his operation from the fairgrounds to Moriarty so he can offer his customers a nicer, cleaner location. But he's now asking for an extension of his lease through 2012. Owner Paul Blanchard says Moriarty hasn't been able to fund the infrastructure to support the complex and a private company with a gas pipeline running under the proposed development has concerns. The delay has thrown off all fairgrounds redevelopment plans. A consultant's report on redevelopment options at the fairgrounds is due out by the end of March. AP

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