NORTH RANDALL, Ohio - With the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati enjoying its first full week of operation and the Horseshoe Cleveland now nearly 10 months into its first year, attention will soon shift in the Rock Ohio Caesars world to ThisteDown Racino.
Work continues on the $88 million transformation of the North Randall racetrack. While no date has been given for the opening, track leaders had previously said they were looking to open around the start of live racing, which is April 19.
Workers on Thursday took advantage of the weather to continue outside work. Construction is moving along on a porte cochere over the tracks main entrance that will shield gamblers from the elements.
The track’s trademark brick signage at the front entrance was removed and rebuilt to match what was there, with the new sign still featuring the silver letters letting visitors know the 88-year-old track is the “Home of the Ohio Derby.”
In addition, new signage was being installed Thursday at the Warrensville and Emory corner of the 2,400-space parking lot as workers were preparing the bracings on the roof for a sign that Thistledown General Manager Rick Skinner promised would be seen for miles.
"When you're on 480, you're going to know we're here,” he told newsnet5 in January during a tour of the indoor portion of the work.
At that time, most of the racino’s 1,150 slot machines were in place and crews were working to complete the tracks new food and bar locations.
ThistleDown Racino will be the state’s second slots-only casino operating under the Ohio Lottery Commission. Scioto Downs outside of Columbus opened its door last June. It has continued to put up strong numbers even after the opening in October of the Hollywood Columbus Casino.
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