Ohio Commission approves 17 fewer 2011 dates
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“Our horse population has been down by more than 27 percent this year,” Bill McLaughlin, Raceway Park’s general manager told the commissioners when asked why the track, owned by Penn National Gaming, was asking for substantially fewer live race dates.
The Toledo track also received permission from regulators to trim its Oct. 16, 17, 23 and 24 race dates from the 2010 calendar.
“Northville (Downs) opens tomorrow, Windsor is racing and Lebanon is about to open,” McLaughlin said. “When that happens we lose horses.”
Scioto Downs requested 56 dates but was assigned 57 by the commission, down six from their 2010 assignment, and Lebanon Raceway was granted 50 dates to be split between its Miami Valley and Lebanon Trotting Club meets, down only two dates from their 2010 allotment. (USTA)