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Beulah Park Sold to Casino Developer

The developer of the planned Columbus Casino has agreed to buy the Beulah Park horse racing track in Grove City. Penn National Gaming says it expects to complete the purchase from Heartland Jockey Club by summer.

In a statement, Penn National CEO Peter Carlino said, "We are excited to carry on the rich 86-year racing heritage of Beulah Park and further expand our nationwide portfolio of racing facilities." The statement went on to say,"We look forward to working with the local horsemen and the Ohio State Racing Commission to continue delivering both racing entertainment and a wide variety of summer attractions at Beulah Park."

Penn National in November won the right to develop a casino in Columbus's Arena District but later agreed to move the facility to the west side of Columbus. Voters will decide the proposed move in May.

Beulah Park opened in 1923 as Ohio's first thoroughbred racing facility. It sits on some 200 acres just outside Columbus.