01/20/2017 4:26PM

Delta Downs expansion complete

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Boyd Gaming announced Thursday that it has completed $45 million in expansion and improvement projects at Delta Downs. The expansion is led by a 167-room hotel tower and a restaurant that overlooks the track.

Boyd is the parent company of the Vinton, La., racetrack, hotel, and casino.

“Throughout Boyd Gaming’s 16 years of ownership, Delta Downs has consistently been one of our most successful and popular properties,” Keith Smith, president and chief executive of Boyd Gaming, said in a release. “This ambitious expansion is a reinvestment in our customers and this community, one that will elevate and enhance the Delta Downs experience while allowing us to host more customers than ever before.”

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The new hotel tower was completed in November, while Delta’s original 200-room tower was redesigned as part of the improvement project. The new tower houses a 5,000-square-foot fitness center.

◗ Sam Houston Race Park, which was to open its Thoroughbred meet Friday night, will have a reduced 12 percent takeout on multirace wagers, according to track officials. The lower takeout rate will apply to daily doubles, pick threes, pick fours, and pick fives.

◗ R.E. “Ed” Bruner, a longtime breeder, owner, and trainer from Carmen, Okla., died Monday, according to a family member. He was 81. Bruner was active at tracks across the Midwest and Southwest.

– additional reporting by Marty McGee