As Ohio's racetracks prepare to install VLTs, the future of Thistledown Racetrack is still uncertain. Gov. John Kasich has given the track's owner, Rock Ohio Caesars, the option of moving the operation to Akron-Canton.
Such a move would pull Thistledown away from Rock Ohio Caesars' Horseshoe Casino in downtown Cleveland and closer to Northfield Park, which hopes to have its own racino by the end of the year. Caesars representatives believe that Horseshoe and Thistledown will compliment each other rather than cannibalize off each other's customers.
Requests for stalls at Thistledown are unhampered by the uncertainty, however, as general manager Rick Skinner says there is greater interest than he has seen in years.
Ohio trainer Tim Hamm says he doesn't anticipate concern about the move from other horsemen.
“Half a dozen of one, six of the other,” he told Vindy.com. “We travel, we travel, we travel. Whether that place is in Cleveland or Akron, I don't think horsemen have a preference one way or the other.”
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