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New Horse Racing Track?

There was more talk Thursday about possibly building a new horse track in Lincoln.

After the state fair moves to Grand Island, UNL will take over the land. What's that mean for horse racing fans?

This year alone more than 85,000 people came out to watch the horses in action.

Now, Grand Island already has a horse track there, but after the fair moves to Grand Island in 2010, what is the future of the sport here in Lincoln?

Each year thousands of people go to the race track to bet on horses, eat the food, and enjoy the company but with the fair moving and not taking the track with it, there's an idea to move the track to the Lancaster event center.

There is a rough sketch of what Nebraska Horse Park would look like, it would use exisiting space at the event center allowing them to share buildings.

It would also be home to UNL's equestrian teams and other horse related businesses.  The space that's left over could be used for hotels and horse related stores.

The park was presented in front of the legislatures general affairs committee and it was met with mixed reviews. 

The track would be a mile, compared to what they have now which is 5/8 of a mile, making it safer for horses.  Supporters say if you make it safer more people will want to come which means more money for the city.

And the Lancaster Event Center says they need the space.

Even though the state fair will be moving after next year's fair, UNL has agreed to let the track stay open through 2012.

The big question is, how would they pay for this project?  It doesn't even have a price tag on it.  Thursday was only a hearing, no descisions were made or even really talked about.

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