Racino near Cleveland on target to open in April

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NORTH RANDALL, Ohio (AP) – Renovations are moving along at a suburban Cleveland horse track that’s adding a new way to gamble.


The Akron Beacon Journal reports that Thistledown Racino is set to open in early April with more than 1,000 video lottery terminals that function like slot machines.


Rock Ohio Caesars is spending $88 million on the renovations at the track in North Randall, southeast of Cleveland.


The gaming floor will have specialty restaurants, a food court, bar and a nightlife area with entertainment.


One racino in the state – at Scioto Downs in Columbus – is already operating. Six others are in various stages of licensing and construction.


An anti-gambling group is challenging Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s (KAY’-siks) authority to allow the slots-like video lottery terminals at the state’s seven horse tracks.


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