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Exhibit 10.16

 

AGREEMENT

 

THIS AGREEMENT, made and entered into this 20 th  day of February, 2009, by and between PNGI CHARLES TOWN GAMING LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY, a West Virginia Limited Liability Company (hereinafter “Charles Town Races”), and CHARLES TOWN HBPA, INC., a West Virginia not-for-profit corporation (hereinafter “HBPA”).

 

W I T N E S S E T H:

 

WHEREAS, Charles Town Races is licensed by the West Virginia Racing Commission, pursuant to Chapter 19, Article 23-1, et seq., of the West Virginia Code, to conduct live thoroughbred horse racing with pari-mutuel wagering and, in accordance with that licensure, Charles Town Races owns and operates a thoroughbred racing facility under the trade name Charles Town Races (hereinafter the physical facility will be referred to as the “Racetrack”); and

 

WHEREAS, the HBPA is an Association comprised of owners, trainers and owner-trainers (the “members”) of thoroughbred racing horses; and

 

WHEREAS, the HBPA provides benevolent programs and other services for its members and their employees who are engaged in live thoroughbred racing at the Racetrack; and

 

WHEREAS, Charles Town Races and the HBPA validly extended the prior Agreement between the parties through February 28, 2009 and cooperatively worked toward a new agreement; and

 

WHEREAS, the parties desire to reaffirm their mutual interest in the promotion, preservation, and enhancement of live thoroughbred racing at the Racetrack; and

 



 

WHEREAS, the parties hereto reaffirm their support for quality live thoroughbred racing activities and reaffirm their desire for the promotion of such activities in the State of West Virginia; and

 

WHEREAS, Charles Town Races acknowledges that the HBPA is the exclusive bargaining agent and representative of its members, as certified by the West Virginia Racing Commission. Charles Town Races shall only negotiate with the exclusive bargaining agent and representatives of the Horsemen as certified by the West Virginia Racing Commission during the term of this Agreement and any amendments thereto or any Agreement which shall supersede this Agreement for the provision of services in connection with live thoroughbred racing activities, safety and back stretch conditions; and

 

WHEREAS, the parties hereto desire to memorialize and set forth in writing the contractual agreements by and between Charles Town Races and the HBPA concerning live thoroughbred racing at the Racetrack.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the promises and the mutual covenants contained herein, the parties desire to be legally bound, do agree as follows:

 

1.                                        Term of Agreement . This Agreement shall become effective as of March 1, 2009, and shall remain in full force and effect until December 31, 2011 (the “ Initial Term”). At the end of the Initial Term, the term of this Agreement shall automatically be extended under the same terms and conditions for a period of one (1) year (hereinafter the “First Extension Term”) unless either party shall give notice to the other party, in writing, of its intent to terminate the Agreement not later than September 30, 2011. At the end of the First Extension Term, the term of the Agreement shall automatically be extended under the same terms and conditions for a period of an additional one (1) year (hereinafter the

 

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“Second Extension Term”), unless either party shall give notice to the other party, in writing, of its intent to terminate the Agreement not later than September 30, 2012.

 

Notwithstanding the term of this Agreement or anything else in this Agreement to the contrary, in the event of a cessation of Video Lottery activity at Charles Town Races for any reason, the obligations of the parties under this Agreement are suspended for such period of inactivity. For clarity, neither Charles Town Races nor any of its affiliates shall be responsible for any expenses or lost profits of the HBPA or its members during any such period of inactivity.

 

2.                                        Exclusive Representation . The HBPA is currently recognized by the West Virginia Racing Commission as the duly qualified and exclusive representative of the owners, trainers, and owner-trainers of live thoroughbred horse racing at the Racetrack as certified by the West Virginia Racing Commission. Charles Town Races shall only negotiate with the exclusive bargaining agent and representative of the Horsemen as certified by the West Virginia Racing Commission. Any negotiation or discussion of the terms and provisions of this Agreement, or any amendment thereto, or any Agreement which shall supersede the terms and provisions of this Agreement with any person, entity or representative of an entity that is not the exclusive bargaining agent and representative of the Horsemen, as certified by the West Virginia Racing Commission, shall constitute a breach of this Agreement.

 

Charles Town Races agrees that it shall negotiate with and conduct any and all business which is the subject of this Agreement and any matters reasonably related to any provision of this Agreement with the duly elected officers of the HBPA or their duly designated representatives.

 

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The HBPA agrees that it shall provide to Charles Town Races, in writing, on an annual basis, the name and address of each and every duly elected member of the Board of Directors, the name and address of each duly elected officer of the HBPA who shall have the authority to negotiate with the Charles Town Races, and the name and address of each representative duly designated by the Board of Directors of the HBPA to negotiate on its behalf.

 

3.                                        Racing Schedule . During the term of this Agreement, Charles Town Races shall request a license each year from the West Virginia Racing Commission to conduct racing, and in fact conduct racing, for not less than the minimum number of days required by the West Virginia Code, which is currently two hundred twenty (220) days per year. Charles Town Races shall provide a copy of its Annual License Application filed with the West Virginia Racing Commission to the HBPA within three (3) days of the date of its filing. Notwithstanding the first sentence of this paragraph, it is understood and agreed that, subject to receiving approval from the West Virginia Racing Commission, Charles Town Races shall schedule a total of 235 racing days, with not less than 9 races per racing day, during each year of this Agreement. Any reduction in race days below 235 shall be subject to the prior approval of the HBPA, which shall not be unreasonably withheld or unduly delayed, and the West Virginia Racing Commission In the event racing days are cancelled due to weather, track conditions, unavailability of horses or any other reason beyond the reasonable control of Charles Town Races, any such cancellation and the fact that 235 racing days are not held, shall not be considered a breach of this Agreement.

 

Charles Town Races shall reschedule such race day and provide notice to the HBPA of the rescheduled date as soon as practicable.

 

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Charles Town Races agrees that it will not discontinue racing for a period of more than one (1) three (3) week period in any calendar year, unless agreed upon by the HBPA, except in the event of an act of God or other catastrophe, or conditions beyond the reasonable control of Charles Town Races.

 

4.                                      Minimum Purse and Purse Scheduling .

 

A.                                    Minimum Daily Purses . With respect to the daily minimum purse distribution, Charles Town Races shall make reasonable efforts to maintain a ratio of the then current minimum daily purse schedule for a given month to the then current amount generated for daily purses for that month that is equal to the historical ratio of One Hundred Twenty-Five Thousand Dollars ($125,000) to the average daily amount generated for purses between January 1, 2005 and December 31, 2008.

 

It is mutually agreed that, as far as possible and consistent with the foregoing, the principle of “better purse for better horses” shall be followed in establishing the purse payable for any one race. Charles Town Races further agrees that, if necessary, better purses will be reduced to maintain minimum purse schedules.

 

Notwithstanding anything in this Agreement to the contrary, it is understood and agreed that the funding of purses shall be solely in accordance with applicable provisions of W.Va. Code §19-23-1, et seq., Horse and Dog Racing; W.Va. Code §29-22-A-1, et seq., The Racetrack Video Lottery Act; W.Va. Code 29-22C-1, West Virginia Lottery Table Games Act, and any such further legislation that may be enacted which provides for the payment of monies into the purse fund as more fully provided for in Section 7 of this Agreement, and that Charles Town Races shall not be required to otherwise fund the payment of purses.

 

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Except as provided below with respect to Stake Races, Charles Town agrees to pay one hundred dollars ($100.00) to the owner’s account for horses finishing in places seven through ten which shall be paid from the purse fund.

 

B.                                      Purse Schedule Distribution . Charles Town Races and HBPA will establish and publish a purse schedule distribution, which shall show the purse distribution planned for various classes of horses at various distances. Such schedule shall be updated as necessary. Said schedule with any amendments thereto shall be posted in the Racing Secretary’s office and the Condition Book. In the event of a purse schedule distribution decrease, the purses for bottom claiming races shall not be reduced unless the purses for all races are also reduced (though not necessarily by the same percentage).

 

C.                                      Stakes Schedule . Each year purses for Stake races shall not exceed, in the aggregate, eight percent (8%) of the total purses paid, from the purse account, in the immediately preceding calendar year excluding the amounts paid for stake races and amounts received for sponsorship of races unless otherwise authorized by the HBPA. Charles Town Races shall determine the number of and purses for stake races and submit the stakes schedule to HBPA for written comment prior to submission of the stakes schedule to the West Virginia Racing Commission.

 

D.                                     Charles Town Races agrees to pay purses for Stakes Races back through not less than five (5) places.

 

E.                                       It is understood by both parties that purse schedules shall not be in conflict with the rules of racing of the West Virginia Racing Commission as presently constituted or as may be reconstituted..

 

F.                                       West Virginia Accredited Races . Charles Town Races shall include in its Condition Book a minimum of two (2) races on every live racing day devoted exclusively for

 

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West Virginia accredited horses unless sufficient horses and purse funds are not available therefore, in accordance with the requirements of the West Virginia Racing Commission pursuant to the provisions of §19-23-13(b) of the West Virginia Code. Races devoted exclusively for West Virginia accredited horses shall be run if no less than se


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