What hasn’t been in Dayton since 1959 and might be coming to the Gem City? Why, it’s a horse racing track! (article can be read here)
Pending approval of installing video slot machines, Penn National Gambling will close down the Beulah Racecourse in Grove City and build a new track in Dayton, if they invest about $200 million. The company has already picked the old Delphi plant on Needmore Road, which is in the North Dayton district.
This is a good thing for the Miami Valley with all the possibilities of income (unless you are highly opposed to gambling), but what about the Capital area?
Beulah Park was opened in 1923. According to their site, it was the first thoroughbred track in the state of Ohio. This was also one year after the horseshoe was built at Ohio State for football. It was also the first track to offer telephone betting in 1993. If Beulah Park was to move, the only track left in Central Ohio would be Scioto Downs, which is located on US Route 23, just south of I-270 and north of the village of Shadyville (according to Google Maps.) If there is one left, what would happen to the area?
Like I previously mentioned, this would create much-needed revenue for the area. Once a strong city with plenty of automobile jobs to go around, the area has several abandoned factories. From the GM plant in Moraine (which was made into a movie made by Wright State students) to the old Delphi plant on US Route 35, the city has plenty of areas to build.
The new track would be build on 125 acres, which is more than enough according to the article. However, there’s still one track that could say something about the decision to move to Dayton, and that is from the Lebanon Raceway. The question is, if the track were to built in Dayton, just how much business would be lost in Warren County?
Time will tell if Dayton will get a track or if Columbus will get to keep two tracks.
Source of information from the horseracing.com (the original article from the Dayton Daily News was deleted off their site.) Picture from Beulah Park’s website.
Until next time,