Penn National Gaming Inc. has named Mark Loewe as Vice President of Ohio Racing Operations, subject to customary regulatory approvals. Loewe, a 30-year veteran of the horse racing industry with a five year tenure at Penn National Gaming, most recently served as Vice President of Racing at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course in Grantville, PA, a position he assumed in November 2010.
Lowe, a native of New York, began his career in racing as a Standardbred caretaker and conditioned such notables as Threefold, the third-place finisher in the 1988 Breeders Crown 3-Year-Old Colt Pace, and Twelve Speed, the winner of the 1991 Breeders Crown 3-Year-Old Filly Trot..
As Vice President of Ohio Racing Operations, Loewe will oversee the operations of the company's two existing Ohio racetracks – Beulah Park in Grove City and Raceway Park in Toledo – and work closely with the team overseeing Penn National's development of two new gaming and racing facilities in Dayton and Austintown. He will be assisted by Jim McKinney, who will continue as general manager of Beulah Park.
"Mark has done a tremendous job for us since joining Penn National five years ago,” said Christopher McErlean, Vice President of Racing for Penn National Gaming. "Ohio is an exciting long-term opportunity for our company and we are looking forward to the next few years as we transition from our current tracks to a new era in Ohio racing, highlighted by new facilities and expanded revenues through the introduction of gaming. I believe Mark is up to the challenges and opportunities we face in the Buckeye state as we build these new racing facilities and transition from our existing operations.”
In addition to his work at Penn National Race Course, Loewe served as general manager at Sanford Orlando Kennel Club in Longwood, Fla., from February 2008 to November 2010. Prior to joining Penn National Gaming, he served as Director of Pari-Mutuel Operations at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa from 2005 to 2008 and in a number of management positions at Pompano Park. In addition, Loewe was a licensed Standardbred trainer for over 10 years.
"I am looking forward to this exciting new challenge," said Loewe. "I fully appreciate Penn National's confidence in my abilities as we build two new racetracks from the ground up while managing two existing operations.”
McErlean added, "Bill McLaughlin, current General Manager at Raceway Park, will be departing the Company on November 1 to pursue other opportunities. I want to thank Bill for his leadership at Raceway Park, taking what was supposed to be a short-term project and turning it into a five year effort during which he made a number of positive changes for both our guests and the horsemen. We wish Bill well in his new endeavors.”(Penn National)