Second Ohio horse track with slots-like gambling


CLEVELAND (AP) -- An agreement has been reached to add slots-like gambling machines to a second Ohio horse racing track.

The deal affecting Thistledown racetrack southwest of Cleveland also provides Thistledown operator Rock Ohio Caesars the chance to move the track to the Akron area as part of a combined slots and racetrack facility in the future.

The agreement requires Rock Ohio Caesars to pay a $50 million licensing fee to operate the slots at the current Thistledown location, which offers live racing from April through November and simulcast racing year-round.

Ohio is expanding the use of video lottery terminals at several horse tracks.

Scioto Downs outside Columbus, the first to be granted a permanent license to operate the terminals, opened its gambling operations last week with more than 2,000 terminals.