The Raceway Park in north Toledo will cease operations in June, according to the track's General Manager Mark Loewe. "June 30th is the planned last day of operation at the track," said Mr. Loewe told WNWO on Friday.
Live racing at Raceway Park ended last September. A for-sale sign was erected shortly thereafter. Bettors have still been able to watch racing at other tracks around the country on TV screens at Raceway Park and make wagers.No more bets will be taken after June 30. The track has posted signs in the building telling patrons all vouchers and winning tickets must be cashed before the close of business on Monday, June 30.Toledo resident Steve Hornyak has been making wagers at Raceway Park since 1965. "They reduced the size of everything, they don't even have a restaurant anymore," Mr. Hornyak said.
Raceway Park opened in 1959. During its run, it hosted both thoroughbred and harness racing. Richard Parrott, a track regular since 1996, partly blames the economy for the track's demise. "The economy collapsed and the jobs left and that's what really hit this place hard," Mr. Parrott said.
Because Penn National Gaming owns both Raceway Park and Hollywood Casino, patrons have been optimistic that a simulcast senter would be set up inside the casino. That is unlikely, according to Loewe."At this time, there are no plans to set up an OTB (Off Track Betting) at the casino as that would entail many steps through a complicated process as is written in the OSRC(Ohio State Racing Commission) Rules," said Mr. Loewe.