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Wichita businessman wants to buy Woodlands track in Kansas City

February 15, 2011

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— Wichita businessman Phil Ruffin says he wants to reopen three closed racetracks in Kansas, including the Woodlands track in Kansas City, Kan.

The Kansas City Star reported Tuesday that Ruffin has acquired an option to buy the Woodlands racetrack and grounds in Kansas City, Kan. He already owns dog tracks in Wichita and Frontenac, and wants to reopen all three with racing and slot machines.

But those plans depend on state legislation that would allow the racetracks to claim enough of the slot machine revenue to make the operations feasible. He acknowledges that getting the legislation passed will be difficult, and he's looking for a lawmaker to propose it.

Ruffin says reopening the tracks would bring jobs and economic growth to all three regions.

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