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SENATOR ASKS WHERE THE RACE TRACK LEASE IS

March 27, 2002 – Sen. Celestino A. White has called on Gov. Charles W. Turnbull to send the Legislature a lease agreement for El Comandante Racing of Puerto Rico to operate horse racing at the Clinton E. Phipps race track on St. Thomas.
White said in a release Tuesday that the governor and Ira Hobson, commissioner of Housing Parks and Recreation, had promised horse-racing fans at the Carnival warm-up races that "all is well with the lease, and it is on its way to the Legislature."
White said, "False and misleading information was given to horse-racing enthusiasts that the lease agreement … was sent, or will soon be sent, to the Legislature."
The majority leader said despite the "political statement promising quick action" by the governor, no lease has yet been received by the 24th Legislature. He promised to move the lease through the hearing process quickly "if the governor ever submits it to the Senate."

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