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How to Solve the Case of Disappearing Tracks

January 05, 1991

I think it's a sad commentary that Southern California does not have a half-mile dirt race track for sprint cars now that Ascot Park has closed. However, I think I have a solution.

Thinking of the prime commercial property occupied by Hollywood Park and Santa Anita, I think America's most popular spectator sport (auto racing) would be welcomed in many now-vacant areas if the promoter would just put parimutuel machines in the infield and betting windows on the concourse behind the stands and thus make a certain percentage of the take available to the state. After all, money talks.

PAUL M. WILLIAMS, San Diego

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