Biddeford voters throw support behind racino

Posted Nov. 02, 2010, at 10:04 p.m.

BIDDEFORD, Maine — Voters in Biddeford have given their support to bringing a racino to the city.

Voters approved a referendum — 59 percent to 41 percent — on Tuesday asking if they favored allowing a so-called racino, a horse track with a slot machine facility, to be built.

Scarborough Downs, which now operates a horse track in Scarborough, and New Hampshire-based Ocean Properties Ltd. want to build a new track, hotel and entertainment complex in Biddeford if voters give their approval.

Statewide voter approval is also required before a racino could be built.