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Harness racing comes to an end at Raceway Park

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

It's the end of an era at Raceway Park in north Toledo. The final night of live-harness racing is Sunday.

Simulcast action will continue, but those days are numbered, too.

The track has been offering equestrian entertainment since 1962. Live racing is currently only offered two nights a week - Saturday and Sunday. The rest of the time is simulcast only.

Raceway Park and Hollywood Casino Toledo are both owned by Penn National. The firm didn't want to compete against itself for local gaming dollars.

Harness racing operations are being moved to Dayton.

"We're gonna miss it. A lot of us retirees [will] miss coming down here," said Joe Worona. "It's fun for the old-timers to come down here, relax here and watch the horses." 

Ed Shinevarre agrees. He's not a fan of casinos or traveling to Detroit or Dayton to play the horses. He says he may turn to online betting.

"It's sad," Shinevarre said. "I remember when it used to go into late October, early November. [I've had] lots of fun times out here, made a lot of good friends. I love watching the ponies."

The final chance for watching those ponies live is Sunday night at 6:00.   

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