05/01/2013 1:05PM

Ohio commission approves River-at-Beulah meeting


The Ohio Horse Racing Commission on Wednesday morning approved 65 days of live racing at Beulah Park to be run under the banner of River Downs, putting to rest a protracted negotiation between tracks and horsemen that threatened to cost the Ohio racing circuit a significant number of live racing dates at a time of significant uncertainty in the state.

The racing commission approved the dates after Penn National, owner of Beulah, dropped a demand that the agreement for the River dates be linked to a larger deal with horsemen over the company’s plans for Beulah in 2014, according to Dave Basler, executive director of the Ohio Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association. Penn National and the Ohio HBPA have been locked in negotiations over the 2014 Beulah meet – which will likely take place at a new racetrack near the border with Pennsylvania – for several months, stalling commission action on the River plan.

Under the standalone plan approved Wednesday, the River-at-Beulah meet will take place from May 19 to Sept. 23, for a total of 65 dates. River’s owner, the casino operator Pinnacle Gaming Inc., razed the track earlier this year to make way for a new track and casino on the same property. The new facilities are expected to open next year.

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I know no one cares...but poor ole Beulah...Ohio's oldest track...turns 90 this year...place is falling aprt...horsemen just barely hanging on...but it is salt of the earth racing...just kind of seems a shame that it will soon fade in off in the distance.
David Burris More than 1 year ago
Hopefully, the new track replacing Beulah will be better but don't count on it. It appears Penn National just wants the casino in Austintown and will try it's best to build as small a facility as possible. Small grandstand and as few barns as possible.