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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

This Track’s for the Horses!

Greetings readers,

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,

-Lee