Prospect Enterprises requires approval from the City of North Platte and the Racing and Gaming Commission


rospect company seeks conditional use of the city for a horse racing track “and related improvements” on 74 acres between I-80 and East Walker Road.

North plate City representatives is requested allow a racecourse, Nebraska’s first west of Grand Island, is to be built south of Interstate 80 between the city’s two interchanges.

Approval from the city and the Nebraska Racing and Gaming Commission would allow the track’s developers to operate casino games of chance there as part of a trio of petition initiatives Approved by Nebraska voters last November, according to The North Platte Telegraph.

The planning commission becomes a public hearing and make a recommendation on June 22nd, with another hearing and a Final vote in the city council on July 6th, said planning administrator Judy Clark on Monday.

Clark and Alan Erickson of North Platte, the current owners of the website and registered agents of Prospect, told Prospect would sell the property to Hastings Horse Racing, organized as North Platte Exposition & Racing.

Prospect Enterprises’ permit application does not cover casinos, but says the route will “generate traffic that may require accommodations, restaurants, trucks / cars, farming needs, repairs, service and replacements”.

The Racing and Gaming Commission would have to approve the project’s track license and the permitted types of racing, such as thoroughbred, quarter horse, or other types such as harness racing. Should the owners of the route also want to offer Simulcasting games and horse racing, they would require separate licenses for those from the state commission.