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Thistledown adding upgrades ahead of Ohio Derby
$1 million project will add HD monitors and improved lighting

Kabir Bhatia
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Thistledown Racino is racing to complete $1 million in upgrades in time for the Ohio Derby later this month. WKSU's Kabir Bhatia reports.
Thistledown adding upgrades ahead of Ohio Derby

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The renovation adds more than 150 HD monitors to televise live Thistledown and simulcast races at the racino across from Randall Park Mall. Owner Rock Ohio Caesars reopened the track this spring as Ohio's second racino, and will have spent a total of more than $89 million on the 89-year-old facility. Much of that was spent refurbishing part of the building and adding video slots.

AP reports that Caesars is also adding a mural depicting favorite moments in the track's history, all slated for completion by July 27 for the 79th running of the Ohio Derby. 

In May, its first month in operation, Thistledown took in almost $11 million from slot play, equal to the slots take at sister property, Horseshoe Casino Cleveland.
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