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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