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BREAKING NEWS | Deal nearly done on horse stalls at Austintown racino

Published: Thu, February 27, 2014 @ 12:50 p.m.

COLUMBUS - It's not signed, sealed and delivered, but an agreement on the number of horse stalls at a new Austintown racino is nearly a done deal, with Penn National Gaming and a horsemen's group in the process of signing the final paperwork.

The company, which will operate the Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course, and the Ohio Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association have been haggling over the agreement for months.

Today, representatives from the two groups told the Ohio Racing Commission that they have completed an "all-encompassing" agreement that will cover various issues at the racino over the next decade.

"We're doing some final cleanup language, and then it's a matter of getting signatures on the document," said Mark Loewe, Penn's vice president of racing operations in Ohio.

The documents include plans for 988 horse stalls in 13 barns at the site. That was welcome news to commission members, who balked at Penn's initial plans for about 760 stalls, which the commission said was inadequate to accommodate horses.

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1polhack(129 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

So, they have an agreement to address various issues for the next decade, huh. They must be anticipating a major turnaround in the popularity of a sport that's been in decline for generations. I hope one of the all-encompassed things covered is the removal of horse by products as that is what this deal has aplenty.

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