08/23/2009 11:00PM

Golden Gate cancels OTB quest


Golden Gate Fields has decided not to submit a request for two San Francisco offtrack betting sites, one at a North Beach restaurant bordering Chinatown and one near AT&T Park. Golden Gate was prepared to submit the request at Thursday's California Horse Racing Board meeting at Del Mar, but decided not to when the San Mateo Jockey Club, an existing offtrack site in the town where Bay Meadows used to be located, claimed the new sites would be too close to it, said Golden Gate's general manager, Robert Hartman.

Mini-satellites - offtrack sites located in an existing bar, restaurant, or card room - must be 20 miles from an existing betting facility, although an existing facility can waive that requirement. The San Mateo site is less than 20 miles as the crow flies from the two proposed San Francisco sites.

The San Mateo Jockey Club is Northern California's highest-grossing simulcast facility. It is expected to handle $85 million this year. It has been open for one year. The California Authority of Racing Fairs, which profits from the business, plans to use the profits to help the Alameda County Fair at Pleasanton develop a turf course.