Woodlands Track Closing in August

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) _ The Woodlands horse and dog track in Kansas City, Kan., is closing.

In a letter to employees Tuesday, the Woodlands said it would shut down Aug. 24.

The track has been negotiating a contract with the Kansas Lottery for 800 slot machines, but no agreement has been reached.

Lottery Executive Director Ed Van Petten said Woodlands officials told him they didn't see a way to make a deal work under current state law.

The statute gives 40 percent of revenues from slots to the state; 25 percent to the track; and 20 percent to local governments and various funds to help horses, dogs, smaller tracks and problem gamblers. The other 15 percent is negotiable.

Van Petten said the state was willing to give the Woodlands the other 15 percent, but the track still didn't think it would make enough money.

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