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Dayton racino construction begins this week

Opening expected in mid-2014

DAYTON, Ohio — Developers say construction of a Dayton “racino” starts this week.

Groundbreaking on the state’s newest horse track equipped with slot-like gambling machines is set to begin Thursday morning.

The Dayton Daily News reports that the $125 million Hollywood at Dayton Raceway is being built on 119 acres that was the site of an auto parts manufacturing plant. It’s set to open in mid-2014.

The racino will feature harness racing on 5/8-mile track plus 1,500 video lottery terminals, along with restaurants and food concessions.

Its owner — Penn National Gaming Inc. — says the racino will create 1,000 new jobs at the track and 1,000 construction jobs while it’s being built.

A new racino is also planned for Austintown, in the Youngstown area.

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