Pinnacle Entertainment hopes to reopen River Downs by 2014; details foggy

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Racing at River Downs, which will soon reopen as Belterra Park Racing at River Downs, which will soon reopen as Belterra Park

Pinnacle officials remain tight-lipped about details of the reinvented River Downs, except that it will open in the second quarter of 2014. The $209 million facility will have 1,600 VLTs, 2,000 parking spaces, four food and beverage outlets, and “new racing facilities”. Details on the racing facilities have not been presented to the Ohio State Racing Commission.

Pinnacle president and CEO Anthony Sanfilippo said the new facility will be a “complementary property” to neighboring Belterra Resort and Casino in Indiana.

This year’s River Downs meet is expected to transfer to Beulah Park, although plans for the transfer have not been presented to the racing commission yet.

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