With ThistleDown Racino up and running, owner Rock Ohio Caesars is shifting its attention to updating the racing side of the nearly 90-year-old track.
NORTH RANDALL, Ohio - A second Ohio race track is ready to begin slots-style racino gambling.
Thistledown race track near Cleveland plans a grand opening Tuesday for its more than 1,100 video lottery terminals, which operate like slot machines.
Thistledown underwent an $88 million makeover and will have restaurants, bars and live and simulcast horse racing.
The racino is a joint venture involving the backers of Ohio's first casino, Horseshoe Cleveland. The burgeoning gambling scene in Ohio also includes casinos in Cincinnati, Columbus and Toledo.
The Scioto Downs racino opened last year south of Columbus. There are five more racino gambling locations to come in Ohio.
Construction on two will be delayed because regulators want more enclosed seating for spectators watching live racing.
May revenue numbers show the Horseshoe Casino Cleveland continues to lead the state, but its slots numbers slip to fourth as customers give ThistleDown Racino a strong month.
As May casino numbers are set to come out Friday, a closer look at the April figures gives a hint of the impact of the opening of ThistleDown Racino on the market.
ThistleDown Racino opens its outdoor patio, bar and gaming area where gamblers can play and smoke while watching live racing.
Final preps are underway at Thistledown Racino for the start Friday of the track's live racing season and the debut of its new outdoor bar and gaming area.
The start of the live horse racing season used to be a big deal at Thistledown, now every day's a big day as 24/7 gambling begins at the North Randall track.
Thistledown undergoes an $88 million makeover and will have restaurants, bars and live and simulcast horse racing.
ThistleDown Racino will open on April 9 as the latest entertainment destination in northeast Ohio.
One week before it opens to the public ThistleDown Racino welcomed 1,500 guests Tuesday for controlled demonstration of its new VLT operations.