Raceway Park first opened its doors in 1959, and now, nearly 60 years later, the track is about to close.
In its heyday thousands of horse racing fans would be jammed into the grandstands on weekday afternoons to watch live racing. But the facilty's days are numbered. When Penn National Gaming, the company that owns Raceway Park, opened the Hollywood Casino Toledo it won approval from the Ohio Gaming Commision to transfer Raceway Park to Dayton so as to not compete with its casino operations. "It will be a challenge for this community but by the same token racing in Ohio is on the upswing," said Mark Loewe, General Manager of Raceway Park.
The Dayton racino is scheduled to open in August.
A 56 day schedule of live racing has been set from October 3-December 27. Loewe says for the time being Raceway Park will remain open for simulcasting. "At this time we plan on keeping this faciltiy open for simulcasting through the end of this year and into next year.
On Sunday, Mayor Mike Bell will be in attendance to present a trophy and offer remarks about the track. One guest will win a trip to the M Resort in Las Vegas. Live music will be provided by the Megan Lesle Band.