YOUNGSTOWN -- A company has formally asked Ohio officials for permission to relocate its two horse racing tracks and add slots-like gambling to the facilities.
Penn National Gaming Inc. plans to move Beulah Park's thoroughbred racing from suburban Columbus to just outside Youngstown, where it will build a new track near the Ohio Turnpike. It also wants to close Raceway Park in Toledo and relocate to a new track in Dayton on the site of a shuttered auto plant.
The company filed its state paperwork on Saturday. If given approval, the Wyomissing, Pa.-based company hopes to break ground this fall on the tracks and open them in early 2014.
Ohio stands to pocket nearly $150 million from the tracks' relocation, as part of a memorandum of understanding with Gov. John Kasich.
The Associated Press