Horse racing in Ohio grows at brisk clip; attendance, breeding increase
Staff and wire report
Ohio’s horse racing industry is showing signs of rebounding just as the Ohio Racing Commission has approved construction of a horse racing track and casino in Austintown.
Better times are expected for horse racing in Ohio now that new gambling rules are allowing tracks to add slots-like gambling that will pump millions into the horse industry.
Some tracks are renovating to add the video terminal games while others are building entirely new tracks, as Penn National Gaming is doing in Austintown.
The chairman of the Ohio State Racing Commission told The Dayton Daily News that the state is seeing growth in standardbred horse breeding after years of decline.
The United States Trotting Association says the number of standardbred mares bred to Ohio stallions in 2012 more than doubled over the year before.
Tracks around the state also reported last year that attendance at harness racing events was up after slipping in recent years.