06/27/2007 12:00AM

Vote OK's Woodlands slots


Voters in Wyandotte County, Kansas, the location of the Woodlands racetrack, approved slot machines at the track by an overwhelming margin in a referendum held on Tuesday.

The referendum, which passed by a vote of 80 percent in favor, was held after the legislature approved the referendum earlier this year. Voters also approved the construction of a casino in the county that would include table games in addition to slot machines.

Under the legislation, the Woodlands would pay a $2,500 license fee for each slot machine. The legislation allows the track to operate as many as 800 machines.

The Woodlands will be allowed to keep 25 percent of the revenue from the machines, with 7 percent going to Thoroughbred and greyhound purses. The track will be required to hold 60 days of live horse racing a year, with 10 live races a day. Two of the races must be restricted to Kansas-bred horses.