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The Track to Lebanon

Greetings readers,

We’ve heard a lot of rumors about a racetrack moving to North Dayton. What’s going on with the harness racing track in Lebanon, Ohio? Well, the current racetrack at the Warren County Fairgrounds might be on the move soon, too.

Just recently, a deal was reached for Churchill Downs Inc. and Delaware North Company to operate the track and install 2,500 video lottery machines. These two companies will create a merged venture, named the Miami Valley Gaming and Racing LLC. Churchill Downs runs the Kentucky Derby, and Delaware North is just about everywhere (they were partners with the Dayton Dragons for concessions.) The track was bought from the Miami Valley Trotting and Lebanon Trotting groups, who have owned the track since 1951.

People seem to be happy with the new deal down in Lebanon.

There have been two locations mentioned by the Dayton Daily News, but both are on State Route 63. One spot discussed was on the corner of Union Road and 63, which is where Trader’s World and the Correctional Facility is. Also, the new Premiere Outlets are just a half-a-mile west of those spots. The other location was at the corner of State Routes 741 and 63. There’s a power station and a cemetery on one corner, but not much else. Keep in mind, there’s still plans floating out there to make a sports complex somewhere near 741 too.

Those two locations have something in common that the current location doesn’t: It’s closer to Interstate 75. It also gives the two companies enough space for their gambling machines, not to mention a new track as well.

The venue is slated to open in 2013. Until that time, the operations will continue at the Warren County Fairgrounds, on State Route 48.

With the deal, nobody knows if the North Dayton track will be affected or not. Either way, this should provide a shot in the arm to the industry and Warren County as a whole. We’ll see how things pan out for the new track in Lebanon.

Sources of information from the Bloodhorse.com and the Dayton Daily News.

Until next time,

-Lee

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