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"Louisville is fine; Lexington is OK; Miami is good; but Saratoga is truly glamorous," Campbell said. "Saratoga is in a class by itself."

The Concerned Citizens outline comes a week after Churchill Downs and Magna Entertainment joined Empire Racing Associates in its bid to secure New York's thoroughbred contract, and a month after an investigation was opened to see if the Ad Hoc Committee on the Future of Racing prepared a fair RFP that does not favor any one bidder over another.

Empire Racing is a group of owners and breeders bidding for the operation of the three race courses. Empire racing issued a press release last week saying it would comply with all nine points of protection.

Dalton was vague when asked if the citizens group would file suit against any winning bidder that did not adopt the nine points in their bid. "We're open to any action to protect Saratoga," he said. "Saratoga should not be a cash cow for the government. We will oppose any bidder that doesn't support the nine points."

He also shrugged off concerns that this biding process may be nothing more than a dress rehearsal for next year, when a new governor and committee are in place. "We're just saying 'Here are our nine points that we want to protect Saratoga.' The bidding process, how they do it, that's up to the state. Our stance remains the same.""

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