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Head of track seeking slots license steps down

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PLAINVILLE, Mass. (AP) - The head of the Plainridge Racecourse is stepping down from his post for health reasons as the state's only harness racing facility pursues a slots parlor license.

Gary Piontkowski, a former state racing commissioner, has headed the Plainville track since 1997.

Plainridge is one of four bidders for the sole slots parlor license allowed under the state's casino law. It was the first to submit a required preliminary application and $400,000 application fee to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

The commission hopes to award a license by the end of the year.

The track is also building a $20 million parking garage slated for completion in June.

There was no immediate word on the nature of Piontkowski's health problems. John Grogan will succeed him as president of the track.