Penn National Gaming and the Ohio Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association formally signed an agreement that “covers all aspects of thoroughbred racing” at Hollywood Gaming in Austintown, according to a Penn National Gaming news release. As expected, there will be 988 stalls constructed in 13 barns. Other points of the agreement, according to the news release, include VLT revenue sharing, approval for simulcasting of races at the track, coordinated year-round racing schedule with the Thistledown racino and dormitory spaces for grooms working for horsemen at the track.
The agreement is a 10-year deal. Later this month the Ohio State Racing Commission will consider the racing schedule and permit for the track. Penn National Gaming has asked for 21 live racing dates to commence November 24.